City were close to securing the services of two of the current Sheffield Wednesday squad this summer.
The Imps go to Hillsborough in the league for the first time since the late seventies this weekend, hoping to put another point or three on the board. They could face off against two players who, had the summer gone a bit differently, could well have worn red and white instead.
The first is winger Marvin Johnson, who is not a particularly popular player at Hillsborough right now. My sources tell me we were negotiating with the former Oxford man following his release from Middlesbrough in the summer, but a deal collapsed at the eleventh hour. I’m led to believe he was close to joining City, despite claiming he had Championship offers when he penned his Wednesday deal. Johnson played under Michael Appleton at Oxford and was a former teammate of Chris Maguire, so it makes sense. sadly, for Johnson at least, he hasn’t been a hit at Hillsborough.
The other player we were in the hunt for is a loanee, and an attacker. It suggests that instead of putting all our eggs in the Morgan Whittaker basket, as many think we did, we were actually hunting several targets on lost out on others. The player in question is Theo Corbeanu, an attacker currently on loan from Wolves. He can play anywhere across the front three, and there is a serious Johnson’Whittaker vibe about the youngster. Reports suggest both us and Crewe were after his signature, but Sheffield Wednesday got the player.
There’s a kicker here though; he isn’t playing for them at present, and there’s a recall clause in his deal which the Sheffield Star feels could be activated. Darren Moore said recently; “There are still aspects of his game that he needs to work on. It’s a first-time loan for him and the first time he’s come into a club with our structure.” The 18-year-old is a full Canadian international, with two goals in six outings for his club. Who knows, he might be available for us in January. Or, in typical Lincoln style, he’ll probably come off the bench and score on Saturday!