“Huddersfield Town, QPR, Luton Town” – Where would be the best destination for EFL defender? The verdict
This article is part of ‘The Verdict‘ series featuring FLW writers’ personal take on the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Lincoln City defender Regan Poole’s immediate future is an interesting situation with a slew of Championship clubs eyeing the 24-year-old.
Blackpool, Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Luton Town, Millwall and QPR are all eyeing the versatile defender, according to an exclusive report from Football League World last month.
The right-back, who has also displayed impressive performances at right-back and centre-back, has played every minute of this Liga 1 season so far.
His contract, which is proving to be a source of consistency for the Imps, expires in the summer, which could pave the way for a Championship club to seal a move for him when the January transfer window opens its doors.
Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts on the Lincoln defender and what might be the next best step in terms of his future.
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Poole does not want to move to a club where regular minute options are limited and looking at the teams currently interested it could be a blow for Millwall and QPR.
Blackpool and Luton Town appear to have the greatest need to bolster their defensive options, while both clubs have proven they are good targets for development and bridging the gap from League One to the Championship.
The advantage Blackpool may have over the Hatters is that Luton is under new management and it’s not known if Poole is someone Rob Edwards would consider.
However, Blackpool operate with a solid back four and the Bedfordshire club have an extra spot for a central defender in a 3-4-1-2 formation.
I like Luton Town as a potential next step for Regan Poole in his career.
It’s unlikely the 24-year-old would go straight into Rob Edwards’ starting XI but his versatility would add a lot to the depth chart.
The eye-friendly defender’s best position is probably to the right of a back three, but he can also play centrally, in defensive midfield, or as a right-back, which adds to Edwards’ tactical flexibility.
Another reason the Hatters would be attractive to Poole is their track record of developing and improving players in recent seasons and he could put his faith in Luton to find a smart loan target for him if things don’t work out initially, the same cannot be said of some of the other clubs he has on his radar.
Simmey Hannifin Donaldson
I think there are a couple of good options for Regan Poole right now in terms of the teams associated with him.
One of them is QPR.
Although they currently have Ethan Laird, there have been rumors he could be fired as early as January and if not, Poole could still succeed him in the summer.
Otherwise, I also like the Huddersfield Town option.
They injured Ollie Turton for a while which means Poole could probably come in and put together a good run of games at that level.
The problem would be if Turton returns, but with Poole’s ability to play in a back three that Mark Fotheringham has sometimes used, there’s an opportunity to play both in the same line-up.