It was a bit of a long shot really wasn’t it? The rumours began flying around on Wednesday that a certain big, ex Cobblers forward was on his way back to Sixfields. What we actually got was only something a little similar though the deal comes with nowhere near as much fanfare as the dream deal for Bayo Akinfenwa would have done.
John Marquis, a man whose initial spell with Town ended just a couple of weeks ago, has signed a deal until the end of the season from Millwall with Chris Wilder quick to move onto his next target and to seal the deal. It’s understood that a deal was very much discussed with Gillingham for Bayo to return for his third spell but the Northampton Chronicle and Echo report that the Gills wouldn’t allow it to happen.
The ‘will he, won’t he’ question raged throughout the day but once Marquis was announced it wasn’t long before Bayo’s move was quickly completely ruled out. And whilst it would have been fantastic to have him back, there’s at least some solace that Marquis will be returning to the role that we’ve not been able to fill since his untimely return to the Den.
Whilst a few have argued that a man who didn’t net once in seven games during his previous stint isn’t anything to get excited about, there’s plenty of attributes in Marquis’ game to give us that something extra up front. His presence seemed to unnerve defenders and Emile Sinclair should benefit again from having someone to hold up the ball and feed him in. There’s the question mark over a hot headed temper to throw into the mix but in all honesty with games running out it’s a gamble that we simply have to take.
It’s understandable that plenty are disappointed to not get Bayo but it all seemed pretty out of our hands – if a club doesn’t want to sell a player then there’s not a lot we can do about it. What’s important now is that the management team had that plan B in place and moved fast to seal the final transfer deal of an exhausting season.
It’s down to this squad and this squad only now. And even if Bayo isn’t coming home, he still has the faith that we need…