Halfway Through The Season – Imps Report Card Pt2

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As you may have seen yesterday, the halfway point is a good place to stop and take stock of the current squad.

If you missed yesterday’s article, you can find it by clicking here. If you didn’t you already know what to expect.

I often give the half-year report on players but this season, some of you have contributed too by writing 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.

Adam Jackson

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Apps 17 Goals 1

Best Outing – Charlton (H)

Jackson certainly started the season very well, impressing in the home matches with Oxford and Charlton, but I can’t help but think the red card against Bristol Rovers set him back a bit. He struggled after that with injury and I think if all three central defenders are fit, he could be the one to miss out. That’s not to say he isn’t a solid defender at this level, he certainly is, and he hasn’t really put a foot wrong in the wake of Lewis Montsma’s injury. We’re blessed with three very good central defenders, and if any one of those were injured, the other two could easily step in.

Rob Beezley says – Jackson is solid defender, probably unsung due to the success of Lewis but he’s solid enough.

Mark: B


Brennan Johnson

 

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Apps 22 (2) Goals 7

Best Outing – Northampton (A)

Johnson has been earning rave reviews, and is apparently coveted by Leeds United, amongst others, after he’s caught the eye for us.

It is fair to say he’s one of the best loan players to ever grace Sincil Bank. He exploded onto the scene with a wonderful display against Blackpool, in which he earned two penalties and frightened the life out of their defenders all afternoon. After that, he went off to play for Wales but has come back and been excellent for much of the season. There are the odd games where he drifts out of proceedings, but that is true of all footballers – not one player on the planet plays well in every game. I’ve picked the Northampton thrashing as his highlight, but it could have been so many other games. When he turns it on, there are few in this division who can match his for ability, and I have no doubt he has a long and fruitful career ahead of him. it’s a blessing that we have him until the end of the season and if we are to be promoted, Brennan Johnson will have played a huge part.

Dan Norton says – THE best loan signing we’ve ever had at Sincil Bank. Pace, movement, skill, creativity – almost like a fast Dele Alli. The lad is going a long way in the game if he keeps this up.

Mark: A-