I can’t believe we’re into September already.
Where has the year gone? It only seems like yesterday we were full of wonderment at going to Wembley, and yet here we are with a new season, new players and a month of football under our belts.
After every game, you have the ability to rate the players on the site, and from there I can work out your player of the month. Last season, Conor McGrandles took the SW Player of the Year, but who will get the award this month, starting off the new campaign?
It’s time to collate your ratings so far this year and award our first Stacey West Player of the Month for the 2021/22 season. To recap, these are the rules.
- To qualify, a player must have played in at least 50% of the games that month.
- Players who play fewer than 15 minutes will not have their rating counted
- If two players are tied, the player with more appearances will be placed highest
I think that’s it; if anything else comes to me, I’ll work it in later!
Without further ado, let’s crack on, shall we.
3rd – Tayo Edun 7.25
There’s certainly more than a hint of sadness with Tayo’s placing. He appeared in four matches, and whilst two of those were defeats, he shone in the win against Fleetwood and the draw with Gillingham. He perhaps benefitted from not playing against Oxford, a game that brought many bad ratings for players. However, some of the players close to him, such as Liam Bridcutt, did get good ratings in the EFL Trophy, a competition we didn’t see Tayo in. He finished last season regularly placing in the top three, and as we wave him goodbye, he’s done the same again.
2nd – Ted Bishop 7.27
I think it’s fair to say we haven’t seen the best of Ted Bishop yet, which makes his placing of second even more impressive. This is a player who will have a profound impact on our season if he remains fit, and we’ve already seen hints of that. He’s already picked up two Man of the Match awards against Bradford City and Shrewsbury, games in which he was given enough minutes to impress. He did struggle a bit against Oxford, but then who didn’t?
I think in placings three and two, we see the ghost of Lincoln past in Edun, representing last season’s promotion push, and the ghost of Lincoln present in Bishop. With his technical skills and wonderful ability, I do wonder if he might also be a talisman of Lincoln future.
1st – Anthony Scully 7.54
“Anthony Scully needs to define himself” – that was pretty much the view from the podcast at the beginning of the season. Well, seven goals, three SW Man of the Matches and more than three shots per game has gone some way to doing just that. We know that it hasn’t been a great start to the season, but one shining light has been the young man who learned his trade with West Ham United.
His hat-trick against Manchester United Kids was a highlight, earning him an impressive rating, but he’s also done well in the games we’ve struggled in. He was Man of the Match against Oxford, perhaps as much as anything for the last ten minutes. He grabbed an 8.7 rating against Fleetwood too, and there’s little doubt he is a fans favourite just for the carefree attitude he has when he’s on the ball. He’s a modern-day maverick who might just be the Imps secret weapon this season – as secret as a man who scored 17 goals last season can be.