Top prospect Ben has already enjoyed successful loan spells. (©PAphotos)
As previously anticipated, Chris Sutton has delved into the loan market to bolster his squad, signing 22-year-old Ben Hutchinson on a season long loan from Celtic.
Just as fans were expecting a defender, Sutton surprised them with a striker. He told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I have to say, this is a significant coup for a club of our size because he has a good pedigree. He is tipped to have a bright future and this is his chance to show what he can do and I'm confident he will.
"By all accounts, Ben has looked very sharp in pre-season, and I feel if we create chances for him, he will score."
Followers of clubs Hutchinson has played for on loan have been quick to point out that he is not a natural goal scorer, although Middlesbrough fans are more complementary of the player Celtic paid £1 million for.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon will no doubt hope that a season spent under the tutelage of the Lincoln manager will have the same effect on the striker as achieved on Davide Somma last season, who returned to Leeds United a rejuvenated man following a loan at Sincil Bank.
Hutchinson impressed the Lincoln management, scoring twice in a pre-season friendly against the Imps, so Sutton will be confident the player can net at League Two level. Subject to the necessary paperwork being registered, Hutchinson will go straight into the squad for the forthcoming trip to Gillingham.
City go in to the game at the Priestfield Stadium on the back of two straight league defeats, although Sutton will take heart from the fact that the performance against Rotherham almost resulted in a draw. Lack of concentration denied the Imps a point in the dying moments of the game. Similarly, things could have turned out differently at home to Torquay had the stuttering strike force taken a couple of the chances on offer, a fact presumably uppermost in the managers mind when making this latest signing.
Gills manager Andy Hessenthaler told Gillingham’s official website: “Lincoln are a passing side with some decent pace in the wide areas which could cause us some problems, we need to be mindful of that plus the lad Broughton will be a handful”
Speaking at his usual Thursday press conference Sutton expressed the view that the team had not been outplayed in the two games so far and was sure that results will start to go City’s way soon, provided chances are taken and mistakes at the back are kept to a minimum.
This latest acquisition, plus hopefully more to come in due course, should ensure that City do not occupy their present lowly position for too much longer.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.