Six Winter Windows Analysed

Transfer Window 2022/23

Five in, seven out

Credit Graham Burrell

Ins Dylan Duffy (DD), Ethan Erhahon (DD), Harry Boyes (L), Mide Shodipo (L), Luke Plange (L)

Outs Jamie Robson, Jacob Davenport, Tom Hopper, Charley Kendall (L), Sam Long (L), Freddie Draper (DD, L), Elicha Ahui (DD, L)

Total appearances for permanent players – 88 (4) – Duffy 35 (2), Erhahon 53 (2)

Total appearances for loan players – 56 (2) Boyes 18, Plange 18, Shodipo 20 (2)

Total appearances & goals in window – 144 (6)

Players sold – None

Last season was Mark Kennedy’s only Imps window, but it continued the trend of us looking to the long term. Ethan Erhahon was the only one who significantly impacted the team immediately, whilst for the first time, we loaned out more players than we brought in. Dylan Duffy was one for the future, but we had a big flop loan – Luke Plange. I think Plange was the worst loan we’ve had since coming back from the National League, and it does underline how it isn’t possible to get everything right.

Collectively, the loan players made the third-highest number of appearances of any loans since we came out of the National League but returned the joint fewest goals (the same as a single player in 2020/21, and matching the COVID season where appearances were limited. I have marked this window down, as the loan players really didn’t have the impact we’d hoped, and, as yet, we don’t know how good Erhahon and Duffy will be (although I suspect the answer is ‘very’).

Average Permanent Player Return: 44 appearances, 2 goals

Average Loan Player Return: 19 appearances, 1 goal

Signing of the Window

Credit Graham Burrell

Window Rating 70%