Imps Man Lands Award, a Month After Leaving Sincil Bank

Credit Graham Burrell

I like this story. I like it a lot.

Whilst we’re all lauding Reeco for his nomination for Player of the Month and applauding Michael Skubala for being nominated Manager of the Month, another of our players is tearing it up on his League Two loan spell. Hakeeb Adelakun.

It feels like I should have stopped writing about Hakeeb the day he went on loan to Gillingham, but the winger is the gift that keeps giving. We all enjoyed his redemption, especially the brace against Charlton in front of the first manager who froze him out, and whilst he and the club are no longer a fit, I really like something about the lad. I watched a clip of him playing for Doncaster the other week, and he had a huge smile on his face. Having met Haks, a softly-spoken lad who was instantly likeable, it gave me a warm glow to see him enjoying his football.

Credit Graham Burrell

He’s happy and clearly firing at Doncaster. he played five matches in February, scoring against Wimbledon, Salford and Tranmere. He picked up an assist, according to Wyscout, in the 2-1 Tranmere win, but the Doncaster Free Press credit him with four. That’s a great return for a player who spent much of his Imps career on the outside looking in, and he was quick to express his delight at his form.

“It’s exactly what you want to happen when you join a club – just to get going straight away,” he told Doncaster Free Press. “It’s been great for me, and it’s about continuing that now. I’m delighted to have won this award. It’s the first one I’ve had in my career and it’s special that it’s come at a time when we’ve been on a really good run of results.”

There’s no chance, in my opinion, of him pulling on the red and white of Lincoln again, but it feels like a story that came to a happy end after some challenging plot twists along the way. However, he is still our player right now, and to see him doing well, whatever the future might hold, is something I can get on board with, Especially when the three assists that Wyscout seems to have missed came in a 5-1 thumping of Grimsby Town.

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