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Former Crystal Palace Youngster “can play in the Championship” (opinion)


Has he got Championship potential?

Absolutely, yes. He has experienced a lot for a 22-year-old and still has time to develop and improve, but based on what I saw of him for Cheltenham, he can play in the Championship. He is mobile, strong, selfless, hard-working and has shown he can finish well when the chances come along. His stats don’t tell the full story at all and he will be an excellent addition for the Imps.

Rough and ready?

He has technical ability, but it was his exposure to senior football at such a young age between his two spells at Crystal Palace that really seem to have fast-tracked the physical side of his game. He is a nightmare for defenders to play against, never giving them a minute’s peace. He has the touch of a player who has received top-class coaching at Palace, but also the grit and determination to handle anything centre-backs can throw at him.

Skill or strength?

Again, I would say he ticks both boxes here. He is strong, athletic and quick, but also shows deft touches and intelligent lay-offs. I would imagine he is a dream to play up front with, as a penalty box poacher because he will always create chances for other forwards. He has been told he needs to spend more time in the box because his running stats are always off the scale, but much of it is done too far from goal, so that is an area he will be looking to work on under Michael Skubala and his coaches.

Honest market value?

Lincoln have bagged themselves a genuine bargain. They have paid £60,000 up front, rising to a possible £100,000 with add-ons. He is worth far, far more than that, in my opinion. Cheltenham sold Will Goodwin to Oxford United last January for £400,000. Street and Goodwin showed some real promise up front together and both have the potential to kick on. I’d say Street is worth just as much as Goodwin and if he starts to add a few more goals to his game in a team doing more attacking than Cheltenham did, his value will only continue to grow.

Will he fit with the Skubala style?

He is an adaptable, intelligent footballer, who can follow tactical instructions to the letter. I think he’ll improve under Skubala and fit into a possible three-pronged attack perfectly. Cheltenham’s loss is very much Lincoln’s gain.

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