Lincoln City have been linked for a move for Accrington Stanley attacking midfielder Tommy Leigh, according to a report in Football League World.
The Imps have reportedly seen a transfer offer rejected for the 23-year-old, the second attacking midfielder the club have been linked to in the last week. This follows reports from Ireland suggesting Shelbourne’s Jack Moylan was of interest.
Leigh has been linked to a whole host of clubs including Portsmouth and Preston North End this summer as the player enters the final 12 months of his contract with the club he joined in 2021 from Bognor Regis.
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Accrington Stanley often lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation towards the back end of the season with Leigh part of the midfield two in front of the defence. However, he has had periods throughout the season where he has played on the left hand side of midfield, as an attacking midfielder and even for a period as a striker as part of a two. In fact during our 1-1 draw with Stanley in January he played up top alongside Shaun Whalley. His goal return isn’t bad either, six goals in the 21/22 season and seven last time out could prove vital as we look to add goals to what is already a resolute defensive unit. The lack of goals was a serious cause for concern last season as we ground out draw after draw, one the club are clearly looking to address this window.
His versatility could appeal to Mark Kennedy as he could easily cover for injuries almost anywhere ahead of the defence. It also allows for us to easily switch formation mid game. The 23-year-old could easily step forward into an attacking midfield role as we switch from playing one up top to two with one behind, or reversely drop back as we look to see out a result. The opportunity to unleash both Walker and House in the same lineup must be a tempting proposition for Kennedy and his team.
Whilst this sounds like an exciting signing, the bid has been rejected and it’s unknown at this stage whether that means the Imps will go back in. As a club we don’t pay over the odds for players and it’s unlikely Jez and his team would be held to ransom for more money. It’s likely Moylan and Leigh are part of a pool of players we are looking at and we are exploring our options. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another name pop up out of left-field over the coming weeks.
Unfortunately Gary is unavailable this week so I’m filling in. Normal coverage should return later in the week.