City Bolster Striking Options With Premier League Youngster

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It’s the transfer not many are too surprised about following this morning’s rumours, but it is now official that Lincoln City have further boosted their attacking options by signing highly-rated striker Joe Taylor until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old joins on loan from Premier League side Luton Town, having scored 12 times in Sky Bet League Two with Colchester United in the opening half of the campaign. It was reported that four separate clubs were after the striker, and if there is any truth in that, then this seems like it is a coup.

Speaking to the Club’s media, the youngster said: “This is a young team, and the club has a real vision for where it wants to be. The head coach has a reputation for improving players, which will fit me perfectly as I’m still developing myself.”

“I’ve played in front of the fans before and they have always been magnificent, the atmosphere they can create is incredible and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Head coach Michael Skubala said: “Joe has all the attributes that we need: he will add pace, power and threat to our front line, which will help to make us a better team. We are also committed to make sure he returns to Luton as a better player. “

“Losing Ben House and Tyler Walker through injury has been a massive blow. With Joe and Freddie Draper, we now have two completely different centre-forwards, with a total of 22 goals between them in League Two this season, to come into our squad.”

The Imps have managed to create a solid reputation for developing youngsters who join the club on loan, with many making the step up to the Championship after leaving Sincil Bank, and this loan will hopefully add to that.

City’s director of football Jez George added: “We have worked extremely hard over a long period of time to convince Luton Town and Joe that we are the best club for the next stage of his development, so we are delighted to have secured this loan ahead of a huge number of League One clubs.”

“Joe will undoubtedly help us, but it is also crucial to us that we help him as I know a big factor in his decision was the opportunity to work with Michael Skubala, knowing his coaching ability and track record in developing young players.”

With Joe joining, and Freddie returning from Walsall, we now have more attacking options than we can potentially pick from, although surely that is not a problem Skubala minds having considering.