Sometimes, you’re so focused on the players we’ve signed, that it’s easy to miss the business that’s gone on elsewhere.
I have to say, looking through the current list of deals in League One, I think we’ve done the best business. MK Dons have signed a few handy players as well, but on the whole, this has been a good window for Lincoln City.
However, there have been some interesting moves for other clubs, and I’ve picked out a few which have caught my eye. These are what I would term ‘the best of the rest’, when it comes to transfer ahead of deadline day on Monday.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – (Millwall to Bolton)
This could be a big signing. The Icelandic international has played more than 160 games in the Championship across spells with Wolves, Reading and latterly Millwall. He appeared against England at Euro 2016 in our 2-1 defeat, and was called up to their World Cup 2018 squad. He’s even played seven times for his country in the last 12 months, scoring once. It looks like a big signing on paper, a player with big-game experience, but at 29 one young enough to have a significant impact.
Charlie Colkett (Free Agent to Cheltenham)
I like the look of this deal; think Lewis Fiorini, but a bit further down the line. Colkett is 25, and was with Chelsea for 12 years, coming through their academy and into their professional ranks. He never played for the Blues first team, but he did enjoy loan spells with Vitesse in the Netherlands, Swindon and Bristol Rovers. He joined Ostersunds FK in Sweden, where he’s been plying his trade for a couple of seasons. He’s a former England youth international, right through from under 16 to under 20, and he’s versatile as well.
Mipo Odubeko (West Ham to Doncaster)
Odubeko had quite the youth career, spending time with Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham, before graduating with the Hammers. He’s an Irish youth international who has been prolific in their academy ranks. His first loan spell was to Huddersfield, which indicates how highly he’s rated, as he went straight into the second tier. It didn’t work out, but dropping a level could be what he needs to thrive.
Josh Harrop (Preston to Fleetwood)
26-year-old Harrop is another player with youth pedigree; he was at Manchester United before a move to Preston. His five years there have been stop/start; he’s had two seasons where he made 30+ appearances in the Championship, but three where he’s played fewer than 10. To be fair, one of those was due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which kept him out for most of the 2018/19 season. There’s a lot of quality in Harrop, although I am surprised at the destination. Are Fleetwood looking to flex their financial muscles again? It is ‘only’ a loan, but an interesting one.
Theo Corbeanu (Wolves to MK Dons)
I’ve spoken about the Canadian international before. From what I’ve seen, I really like the lad. He’s big and strong, direct with the ball and has good pace too. I know Sheffield Wednesday fans were gutted when he was recalled from his loan spell there, and deep down I’d hoped we might get him here. I know MK have signed Connor Wickham amongst others, but this loan deal really stands out to me.
Trevor Carson (Dundee United to Morecambe)
This is for no reason other than he’s a former Imp! Generally, I thought Carson was a good keeper and at 33, he’s not exactly ‘old’ in keeper terms. He’s struggled to play a full season anywhere, only once in his career has he completed 46 games, and he’s only managed 57 games in four years with Motherwell, but part of me thinks it amusing that someone from our 2010/11 season will be coming back to the Bank later in the season.
Jack Clarke (Spurs to Sunderland) & Patrick Roberts (Man City to Sunderland)
Here’s a double-swoop to take serious note of. One Sunderland fan got very upset on social media when Lincolnite reporter Ellis Karran said they were flashing the cash, but you’re not telling me these two are on small sums of money. Jack Clarke is thought to have cost Spurs £10m a few years back, but he’s failed to kick on since and has had two average loan spells, with Stoke City and QPR. He’s still a big capture for Sunderland, as is Patrick Roberts. The 24-year-old has played in the Premier League, Scottish Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 in France. He scored 19 times for England in 47 youth matches at various levels, and he once did a ‘Kyle Perry‘ and scored against Man City whilst on loan from them. These are two big signings for the Black Cats, make no mistake.