Lincoln’s retained list should have Lambert licking his lips…
Whilst not wanting to sound like a vulture circling and picking the bones from a club who have had to release players due to current circumstances, BUT Town should be taking a serious look at Michael Bostwick.
The Lincoln City fan favourite headlines the list of players who are set to be released by the League One side. The central defender, who last season was selected in the League Two team of the season and won the PFA Fans’ League Two player of the year (ahead of a certain James Norwood), could prove to be a shrewd bit of business for Paul Lambert this summer.
At the age of 32 some Town fans might be a little underwhelmed at the prospect of signing the former Peterborough and Stevenage man, who can also operate as a holding midfielder.
Bostwick, the scorer of Lincoln’s fourth goal in the 5-3 thriller at Sincil Bank last year, is a leader, an experienced head who knows the lower leagues inside out. With Luke Chambers turning 35 this September and having another indifferent season in defence for the Blues, Bostwick would bring several qualities Town miss if the skipper is not available.
James Wilson, signed previously from after being released by Lincoln City, has had a steady first season with the club, a reliable defender but perhaps not a constant starter over a gruelling League One season.
Luke Woolfenden has had an exceptional season and if we can resist any potential bids this summer, the ball-playing defender would benefit hugely from playing alongside someone like Michael Bostwick.
Whilst Bostwick, who has made over 100 appearances since joining the Imps in 2017, is obviously on a decent wage at Sincil Bank (they would be keeping him otherwise), Town would be in a position to offer the 6ft 4 defender a deal at Portman Road.
A centre-back pairing of Woolfenden and Bostwick would have everything you look for in your defenders. A modern-day approach with Woolfenden, mixed with the no-nonsense approach from Bostwick.
Another player who is set to be released by the Imps is goalkeeper Josh Vickers. The former Arsenal academy stopper has spent three seasons with Lincoln City, playing a huge part in their League Two success last season.
At the age of 24, Vickers would be great competition for Tomas Holy for the starting slot in goal for Town next season.
Although he has had injury problems during his spell at Sincil Bank, Vickers is an excellent shot stopper with decent distribution and is understood to have good command of his area, music to my ears.
Meanwhile, former Town defender Tommy Smith has left Sunderland after the end of his short-term deal with the club.
The New Zealand international moved to the Stadium of Light in February 2020, but failed to make a single appearance for the Black Cats.
Speaking previously on the potential reunion for the former Town centre-half, Lambert said: “The lad done great here and was terrific but you have to move on. Football doesn’t wait for anyone.”