City have been given an early Christmas present, but they won’t actually get their hands on it until the New Year.
In his pre-match press conference, manager Michael Appleton told Rob Makepeace that a signing was guaranteed for the start of the New Year. That means, come January 1st, a player is putting pen to paper and agreeing a loan move to City. Speculation I that the player could be Morgan Whittaker, and whilst the club wouldn’t possibly confirm that, it does seem likely. Whittaker, as you’ll recall, was the player we missed out on during the deadline day debacle, and he’s exactly the type of player we’ve been lacking.
The only slight concern about this news is this; nothing is actually guaranteed in football until the ink is on the paper, and that can’t be done until the window opens. Michael wouldn’t say it if he wasn’t certain it was going through, but if this deadline day (and the Simeon Akinola deadline day) has taught us anything, it is to not be convinced something is happening until the player gets the red and white scarf in his hand for a photo opportunity. Hell, in the case of Akinola, he was seen around the ground in training kit and it still didn’t go through.
If it is Morgan Whittaker (the first of a few to hopefully join this winter), I’m going to wait until I see him in the kit to believe it; last time we thought he was signing I’d got two articles finished before the news broke it had collapsed. In the word of Wham, this year, to save me from tears, I’ll save it until he signs (okay, Wham didn’t sing the last bit, but you get the drift).
The second bit of news is around Anthony Scully, who it is hoped will be fit for Boxing Day. Hopefully, this will put paid to all of the ridiculous chatter about him not being played because he’s being sold, or falling out with Michael and being sidelined. I’ve no idea where this complete rubbish comes from (like when I heard Jez had left the club the night before he did the presentation), but it’s really annoying. There are so many people who spread this misinformation and lies, and genuine fans often fall for it. Well, hopefully, the news he’s back training will actually shut those idiots up who peddle this garbage on social media. We might sell Scully, who knows, but he’s a great lad and a solid pro and there’s no way he’d down tools. We might see him in some capacity against MK Dons, and again a couple of days later against Rotherham. Two huge games where, being honest, I expect nothing more than maybe a point.
There are two snippets from the presser which hopefully give you all something to cheer for this Christmas Eve.