Former City Defender Linked With Premier League Switch

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Back in the eighties, when Colin Murphy’s team broke up, many of the players ended up in the top flight. 

George Shiply, John Fashanu, Mick Harford, Gordon Hobson, Trevor Peake, Glenn Cockerill, Tony Cunningham, and Steve Thompson all spring to mind, a conveyor belt of talent leaving the Bank for Division One. In the modern world, it is not so easy, but there is another former Imp that could be following Brennan Johnson and Harry Toffolo into the Premier League – Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Wharton.

I liked Wharton when he was here. He had two spells on loan with the Imps, the first coming in the 2017/18 season. He came in and made 14 appearances as we pushed towards the play-offs, scoring against Chesterfield and Grimsby in 3-1 wins. Such was his impact, we went back in for him the following season, where he made 16 outings, scoring once as we thrashed Port Vale 6-2. However, only five of those games were starts in the league, and he ended the season on loan with Bury, who also got promoted.

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Since then he’s been with Northampton Town (promoted, making it three from three) and has established himself as a key figure for Blackburn Rovers. That has alerted Everton; Football Insider reports they are now interested in the 25-year-old. Here’s the thing – they’re eager to swap either Ellis Simms or Neal Maupay for Wharton. They’ve already turned down a £4m bid for Simms this window, and they signed Maupay for around £11m from Brighton. That gives you an idea of how highly Wharton is now rated.

Admittedly, we didn’t play a huge part in his development, but we were his first loan and in total, he spent a full season here, albeit in two halves. He made 31 appearances for us, and if he did move on, we can at least claim to have played a small part in his rise.