It’s not hugely surprising, is it? Michael Appleton has been linked with a move for Anthony Scully, and it seems to be a case of ‘getting the band back together’, as links with other players emerge.
I’ve seen Blackpool linked with McGrandles, and there’s been talk of a swoop for Morgan Rogers as well as Jorge Grant. Now, the Blackpool Gazette is suggesting Michael is also keen on a move for 23-year-old Scully, who has been one of our key players over recent seasons.
Scully arrived from West Ham as a late signing in the January 2020 window and swiftly dropped into first-team action, bagging a couple of goals before the season curtailed early. In our 2020/21 play-off season, he scored 17 times without ever really nailing down a first-team place. Is he a winger? Probably not quick enough. Is he a striker? Maybe not big enough. Is he a ten? Perhaps. Whatever his best position and I still don’t think we know it yet, he is an effective player no matter where he starts. Last season he netted 15 goals, despite being out of the team for a couple of months injured. He just has a knack for getting into the right positions to score.
It’s such a shame; if it weren’t for those 90 minutes at Wembley last May, we would be in their position. We’d likely have signed Josh Bowler, and we might be looking to poach their players. Such is life, I guess. The Blackpool Gazette is a reputable outlet, and Matt Scrafton, the journalist reporting the story, is a Lincoln fan, so not likely to be making something out of nothing.
He reports there’s been no contact between the two clubs, but as we know, Michael will understand the figure required to take Scully north, and Blackpool will likely be able to meet that as a Championship side. If it is going to happen, which it may, then it would be better sooner rather than later, so we can reinvest that money in an attacking player to replace the outgoing attacker and give them time to settle through pre-season training.
I’ll be honest, whilst I’d miss Scully, I do think he struggled at times last season. He was electric going into autumn, but tailed off perhaps through injury. Every player has his price, and if Blackpool cough up £750,000 or so, then it would feel like a good, solid deal and give us scope for reinvesting in maybe two players. After all, that is what a team like us has to do right now, whether you like it or not.