The Imps have been linked with a move for a second Charlton player, in addition to Alex Gilbey.
It’s strongly rumoured City are eyeing a move for Gilbey, who didn’t play last night as Charlton beat Walsall to advance to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. However, Diallang Jaiyesmi did play, scoring the only goal of the game, and he’s now being linked with an Imps switch. Alan Nixon reports that us and MK Dons are looking at a move for the winger, either on loan or maybe on a ‘bargain buy basis’.
24-year-old Jaiyesimi has, rather ironically, found chances limited at The Valley after the arrival of Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, an Imps target it seems we missed out on, and if we were to move for him, it would reflect the alleged plot to sign Gilbey, missing out on game time because of Conor McGrandles’ move to South London. Of course, neither transfer has happened yet, but it is amusing how these things work, not least with Morgan Whittaker and Jordon Garrick swapping loan clubs over the summer as well.
Who is Diallang Jaiyesmi? He’s a right-footed winger but can also operate on the left. He played left wing back a few times for Charlton and offers the potential to do the same on the right, which would fit one of the needs I think our squad has. He’s quick, and last season he turned out 36 times for the Addicks, scoring twice.
He began his career with Dulwich Hamlet but was snapped up by Norwich City in 2015. He spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Grimsby Town, bagging once in 35 matches. The following season he had a short spell with Yeovil before a final loan with Swindon. That was a success, he scored four in 23 matches before the move was made permanent. After another four goals in 21 games, he moved to Charlton, where he’s since made 50 League One appearances, scoring three times.
Obviously, as we move towards next week’s transfer window, stories like this will keep coming out, but he does look like the sort of player we might target in terms of what we need in the squad. He could also feasibly be a possible Anthony Scully replacement if we lose the former West Ham man before the window closes.