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3 striker options Lincoln must consider to sign as back-up to John Akinde



There were a few eyebrows raised when Lincoln City sold last season’s leading scorer to Salford City in December.

Although Green had fallen down the pecking order at Sincil Bank, he was still being used from the bench and seemed a popular figure. However, he moved to the National League side before the transfer window opened, leaving a gap in the Imps’ current squad.

John Akinde is the first choice centre forward, he’s bagged eleven this season and is on course to replicate his usual haul of 20 per season which was standard at Barnet. Behind him, Bradford City loanee Shay McCartan has been in good form and if he isn’t recalled then he’s likely to be fighting for a first team place.

That doesn’t mean the Imps don’t need a fresh face though, with their promotion campaign last season dogged by a shortage of front players. With just a couple to choose from at the moment, Danny Cowley is likely to be a busy man in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s three players we think he should consider making a move for.

Matt Stevens

The former Barnet man has been in great form during two loan spells away from Peterborough, namely at Kettering and Slough. He was recalled to fight for a first team place, but with Lee Tomlin joining his chances might be limited.

He’d be a great signing if the Imps could pull it off, but there’s no guarantee he’s available at London Road.

Sam Surridge

Surridge has had tow successful loan spells in League Two now, with Oldham and Yeovil. He impressed against Lincoln for the Latics in December, helping ten men to a 1-1 draw.

He’s been recalled by Bournemouth and is likely to spark a lot of interest, but Lincoln have dealt with Eddie Howe’s team in the past. Ryan Allsop made the switch between the two on loan last season and if the Imps could bag Surridge, it would be a major coup.

Jorge Grant

Jorge Grant FA Cup action

Reports from Football Insider surfaced last night, stating that Forest are ready to recall Grant from his Luton loan and give him to someone willing to play him regularly. Grant has started 13 times for the Hatters this season, but has recently been out of favour.

He’s proven in League Two, he was exceptional for Notts County last season and he’d slot in nicely behind Akinde, providing chances and taking a few of his own.

If there’s even a tiny chance the Imps could pull this off, they have to do it.

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