It has been an encouraging start to the League One season for Lincoln City, and Michael Appleton’s side may already be thinking that they could be targeting a finish in the playoff positions this term.
Lincoln currently sit in fifth place in the third tier in England, as they have won seven of their eleven fixtures so far this season. Predicting how the season will end would be like predicting the Twinspires Kentucky Derby odds for 2021: it’s too soon for both and there is a long race happening before!
Appleton will also be pleased that his side have only lost on three occasions this season, which is the second joint fewest in the league so far this season. Hopes for the season were high after an encouraging summer of transfer business, with a number of talented players brought into the squad to help the Imps compete. However, how have some of the biggest signings from the summer performed so far this season?
One of the best pieces of business that was done by the club over the summer was the signing of James Jones. The 24-year-old signing for the club on a free transfer after failing to agree on terms for a new deal with Crewe Alexandra. His old club were keen to keep hold of the central midfielder, as he was a key player for the team throughout his six-year stay.
However, it has been an encouraging start to the midfielder’s career at Lincoln, as he has scored two goals in his 16 appearances in all competitions so far. He has added a new presence into the midfield, and any worries that Appleton may have had over the injury that he sustained towards the end of the previous season have been answered, as he has been in excellent form since arriving at the club.
Adam Jackson has been regarded as an excellent player throughout his professional career, and that has been highlighted by the fact that he has represented England at U17, U18 and U19 levels. He was highly sought after during his early years as a professional, as he was signed to Middlesbrough.
However, his reputation in the game increased further during a season with Hibernian in 2019-20 SPFL. He was one of the standout players for the Scottish side and appeared to be a no-brainer for management as they looked to solidify the Imps defence that conceded 46 goals in 35 games in 2019-20.
Jackson has been in excellent form since making his debut for the club, as he has played in ten games in all competitions and has scored one goal. His performances have seen the club improve their defensive record, as the Imps hold the second-best defensive record in League One at present.
The Imps were also able to bring in an excellent young player over the summer in the form of Lewis Montsma.
The 22-year-old was highly regarded in the Netherlands, as he played for FC Dordrecht after a youth career with Heerenveen and SC Cambuur. Montsma stayed at Dordrecht for two years, where he made 46 appearances and scored one goal.
His performances have reached new heights during his short stay with the Imps so far, as he has played in ten games for Lincoln so far this season. He has already eclipsed the total number of goals that he scored in the Netherlands, as he has hit the back of the net on three occasions.
There is certainly a lot of excitement focused on this defender, and should he continue the excellent form that he has shown this season, then the sky could be the limit for the 22-year-old.
So, which signing you think has been performing better for Lincoln City? Where do you expect the Imps to finish this season?