Blackpool have made the step up to the Championship with ease so far and whilst the side have since dropped off slightly and fallen down the table, they have still looked fairly solid under Neil Critchley.
The Seasiders are currently sat in midtable but earlier on in the campaign it looked as though a play-off push might even be on the cards. Whilst they aren’t entirely out of the question now – all it takes is a good run of games in this division – they have dropped away from the top six.
That could be down to a lack of goals in the side, with Blackpool having the lowest ‘goals for’ rates in the top half of the division with 28 in 27 fixtures. Their two main strikers – Jerry Yates and Shayne Lavery – have seven goals apiece in the division and whilst it isn’t a bad rate by any means, they’ve not scored as frequently as of late. The former of the two has managed only two goals in his last 14 outings, while Lavery has slightly better at two goals in his last ten.
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The Seasiders then could perhaps do with another option to turn to upfront and to ensure they are truly stacked when it comes to attacking options. One name that they could look to try and bring in before the window shuts then is Anthony Scully at Lincoln.
According to a report from Sky Sports (25/01, 14:43), the player is currently generating interest from a number of unnamed Championship sides and Blackpool should certainly make sure that they are one of them.
Scully fits the bill in more ways than one. He is just 22-years-old for a start, which means that he has the potential to develop into a good level of striker and could also be sold on for much more than what Critchley may have to pay for him. In addition, he is already experienced in terms of EFL football, having become a regular in League One.
Let’s also consider his ability in front of goal. With the striker bagging eight goals in just 19 games for a faltering Lincoln side, it shows just how prolific he can be. The side have spent most of the campaign near the bottom of the division, so to excel as their top scorer while the rest of the team struggles shows the level of him.
Given the chance a division higher, then he could be a valuable squad option. There is no reason why he couldn’t bag more frequently in the second tier, especially considering his rate of goalscoring in League One, and because of his age he could certainly develop and adapt with ease.
If a deal can be done for the right fee, then Blackpool should certainly consider it.