As is customary at this time of the year, it seems a good point to stop and take stock of the current squad.
I often give the half-year report on players and I shall do the same again this season, in two parts. Part One comes today, and hopefully, Part Two tomorrow, if I get time. To flesh out the article, some of you have also written a few lines about the player in question, offering an alternative opinion.
In order to qualify for this report, a player must still be with the club, and have appeared in five or more matches. That’s only fair to give a proper indication of where the squad is, where they have come from and to honestly assess their impact.
Apps 19 (9) Goals 4
Best Outing – Crewe (A)
Harry surpassed 175 appearances for the Imps this season, taking him into the sort of region occupied by David Puttnam, Roy Chapman and Steve Thompson. They’re all often described as club legends, and as Harry ambles towards 200, he might fit that bill too. What he also has is youth, he is still only 24 and has many of his best years ahead of him.
That’s where he is in terms of his whole career, but what about this season? He’s certainly been strong in many matches, at one point vying with Jorge Grant for official Man of the Match awards. He’s leading your picks here on the site too, with five MoMs from his current outings. In recent weeks, he has been used as more of an impact sub, but he does always have an impact. With H, you know what you see is what you get and he is a different threat to most wingers.
His highlight has to be the win against Crewe, he was utterly superb there, scoring the only goal of the game and running the show. He still has a big part to play in our season, even if I do fear much of it may be from the bench.
John Richards says – It’s hard not to love Harry, but his likeable persona is not the overriding factor in how highly I rate him. he’s been superb when he’s played this season, and he is having to be patient at times too. He’s such a good character to have around.
Apps 4 (6) Goals 1
Best Outing – Forest Green FA Cup
After Theo opened his Imps account with a goal against Mansfield in the EFL Trophy, I fancied him to keep that run going, but his involvement has been sporadic since. He has turned out ten times for the Imps, but notably only once in the league since Bonfire Night and he hasn’t commanded a league start at all.
I’m not overly worried about his ability, I think we have seen what he is all about and he has the skills to pay the bills, so to speak. I do wonder if he may be here as a project player, a long term prospect rather than to have a current impact? I championed him when he arrived (as I did Dene Cropper btw), and I stand by that. He may be a victim of circumstance, he plays in what might be called a high-profile position, he arrived behind the others in terms of fitness and I’m not sure he has caught up, just yet.