Michael Appleton Linked With 27-y/o Chilean International

Imps boss Michael Appleton has been linked with a permanent swoop for Leyton Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

As reported by the Newham Reporter, the 27-year-old is out of contract this summer, and has attracted our interest as we look for a solution to our current keeper conundrum. Since Alex Palmer left the club we have a single stopper on our books, Sam Long, and will almost certainly need a number one.

Vigouroux came through the youth ranks at Brentford and Spurs, enjoying a loan spell with Hyde whilst at White Hart Lane. He left Spurs for Liverpool in 2014, becoming the first choice for the Red’s reserve side. He didn’t appear for Liverpool, instead spending time on loan with Swindon Town before making a permanent move there in 2016.

He spent three seasons with the Robins, earning a call-up to the Chilean national side in 2018. However, his time at Swindon was also affected by an argument with David Flitcroft, which means he’ll fit in nicely should we sign him! During his time at Swindon, he appeared twice against the Imps, once as we won 4-1 in our first home game of the season, and again when Shay McCartan’s outrageous volley caught him off guard in a 2-2 draw.

Vigouroux beaten by Harry Toffolo in 2018/19 – Courtesy of Graham Burrell

After Swindon he moved to Chile, joining first division side Everton de Viña del Mar, but didn’t appear for them after their football federation cancelled the season due to political unrest. That saw him come back to England and join Leyton Orient in January 2020, signing an 18-month deal.

He performed well this season for Orient, scooping four awards in their end of season presentations, including Manager’s Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and Fan’s Player of the Year. He played in all 46 of the O’s matches, keeping 16 clean sheets.

If we are in for Vigouroux, it would be a departure from the expected strategy of signing a young goalkeeper, such as Josh Griffiths who we have been recently linked with.