Marquee Signing Arrives at Sincil Bank

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I’m a bit behind on this one, as I’ve been out down the bottom of the garden watching the sunset, like a hippy.

The Imps have completed the signing of creative winger Hakeeb Adelakun on a long-term contract, and I’ve got to say I’m happy about it. Why? Because I do know about this player, a lot, and I’ve written about him before.

For a start, he was one of the Championship free agents I identified in May as one I thought might be of interest, and given how random and surprising Michael Appleton’s recruitment is, I’m pleased to have got a name right! When he left Bristol City and joined Rotherham on loan, I thought it was a great move too. I’ve watched him from his time at Scunthorpe and always felt there was a player who could be seriously good in red and white. I never thought it would happen though, not once.

The 25-year-old has more than 200 senior appearances under his belt after starting out as a youth at West Ham. His best football came during his time with Scunthorpe when they were challenging for a place in the Championship. The form earned him a move to Ashton Gate, but that didn’t work out, and loan spells at Rotherham and, latterly Hull City brought his Bristol City career to an end.

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He told the club’s official site: “I’m absolutely buzzing to get this done and excited for the opportunity. I know Tom Hopper well, so I’ve been speaking to him about the club, he’s really drawn me in and made me think I want to get on this journey. I like to get at defenders and make stuff happen, to create opportunities and score goals myself. Whenever I’ve played against Lincoln there’s always been a lot of noise and atmosphere, so I can’t wait for those fans to be on my side.”

Unsurprisingly, Michael Appleton is clearly delighted with his business on his first day back.: “Hakeeb is a talented winger who has good experience at League One and has also played at a higher level. He is a pacey and creative player and a good addition to our attacking options.”

I’ll write more about the move tomorrow, but this is exactly what we need – a right-winger with pace and creativity, someone who can run at players and has proven himself in League One. His loan spells haven’t been great, but I think a fresh impetus will reveal itself with a permanent move. I love a good winger, from David Puttnam to Gareth Ainsworth, Nathan Arnold to Dany N’Guessan, and I see a little of the Frenchman in Adelakun. He’s got goals, he’s got talent, and I’m sure he can thrive with the right management.

I might be shot down for this, but I think this is a marquee signing, I really do. as I always say, a signing can only be judged once he’s played games, but Hakeeb Adelakun has all the ingredients to be a top, top player for Lincoln City.

Right, I’ll go back to my sunset now.