Reported City Targets In Action Last Night

Credit Graham Burrell

Earlier in the summer, it was reported the Imps were interested in securing the services of Tennai Watson.

The 24-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Reading in the summer, and was believed to be attracting the attention of Michael and the recruitment team. We weren’t alone: Salford City and Blackpool were also thought to be eyeing a move for the right-back.

You can add another name to that list now. MK Dons have taken the defender on trial, and he appeared for them last night as they took on Kings Lynn in a friendly. Listed as a trialist, journalist Toby Lock reported him to have had a shot in the 24th minute of the game. Lincoln’s own pre-season campaign has been noticeable by the lack of trialists in action. So far, only one has appeared, for 45 minutes in our friendly against Reading.

The Hillingdon-born player is a free agent after leaving Reading this summer. He was a late starter in football, joining the Berkshire side at the age of 15 and coming through their academy. He appeared three times in the Championship in 2016/17, but after that didn’t make a first-team appearance for the Royals in three seasons, although the 2017/18 season was blighted by injury.

Was Michael interested in Watson, or was it just media speculation? – Credit Graham Burrell

Instead, he moved out on loan, joining AFC Wimbledon in 2018/19, a move he claimed was designed to get him more first-team football. He started 22 games for them in League One, before returning to the Royals. He was back in our division last season, but appeared sporadically for Coventry City, with four EFL Trophy starts and just one game in League One. This season his football was been limited to two outings for Reading, oddly both against Luton. He got just one minute of Championship football though, that coming on Boxing Day.

It would appear that our interest was little more than lukewarm, otherwise surely we would have had him in on a trial, unless we tried and MK Dons are bucking the trend by taking our targets, rather than us having their players!

Another alleged Imps target in action last night was Teddy Bishop. He appeared for a youthful Ipswich side against Bury St Edmunds, alongside other outcast players at Portman Road. Bishop was reportedly being eyed by Portsmouth, MK Dons (again) and Hearts, although the Scottish side are now thought to be out of the running.