22-Year-Old Midfielder Signs Season-Long Loan Deal

Credit: Andrew Vaughan / Lincoln City

The Imps have completed the signing of midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe on a season-long loan from Stoke City.

The 22-year-old was a regular part of the Stoke matchday squad in 2020/21, but didn’t feature at all last season, and turned down a deadline day loan move to Burton Albion. He has pedigree; he represented England up to Under 18 level and was part of the Three Lions squad which won the U17 World Cup in 2017, alongside our own TJ Eyoma.

He has made 23 senior appearances for Stoke, 18 in the Championship, four of which were starts. Prior to his move to the Potteries, he was with Spurs, where he came through the same youth team setup as Troy Parrott and our own TJ Eyoma.

He said: “I’m buzzing to sign. It’s a great opportunity for me to play games. The style of football here is attractive to me, and suits me as a player. I know people here already so it was an easy decision to speak to them and find out about the club. TJ and I have known each other since primary school and we’ve been close ever since – we went to the same secondary school and played for Tottenham and England together. He spoke so highly of the club so it was a no-brainer for me to come.”

Primary school friends – Credit Graham Burrell

We’re certainly light in midfield, so the 6ft, right-footed player is a decent acquisition in terms of numbers. Indeed, City head coach Mark Kennedy is clearly happy, stating; ”We are delighted to have been able to sign a player of Tashan’s quality and pedigree. He is an all-round midfielder with fantastic technical ability and athleticism who can play a massive role for us this season. We would like to thank Stoke City for enabling us to be able to make this happen as well as Tashan for his trust in how we can help him and his commitment in wanting to play for Lincoln City.”

Tashan joined Stoke in January 2020 on a three-and-a-half-year deal, and as such is out of contract at the end of this season. If he does well, there are certainly permanent possibilities. He is a traditional midfielder, rather than being pigeon-holed as attacking or defensive. Whilst playing for Stoke in 2020/21, he appeared on the right side of midfield, as well as right-back, right-wing and in the holding role. He’s technically accomplished, as you’d imagine a player who has appeared for his country to be, and is maybe more attack-minded; I’m thinking a slightly more robust version of Max Sanders, with aerial ability.

In truth, it is hard to gauge at this stage where Oakley-Boothe will play, but it is positive to see us add options in the centre of the park. He won’t be the pivot, but perhaps more of a Lewis Fiorini replacement, able to play anywhere in the park. I do expect a certain degree of physicality from him, and the good news is he has played in the Championship, so understands the needs for senior football. I think that hampered one of our loans last season (Dan N’Lundulu), and shouldn’t be an issue for Tashan.

Welcome to the club, Tashan Oakley-Boothe.