Former Lincoln City defender Max Melbourne recently revealed the best player he played with throughout his time with the Imps, during an AllLincoln Exclusive Interview.
Melbourne joined the Imps originally in 2019, with Danny Cowley bringing in the full-back on loan from West Brom to strengthen their ranks following a League Two title winning season. Although he struggled for game time and there was a change in management, with Michael Appleton joining to replace Cowley, Melbourne made his move with the Imps permanent in January 2020.
During his time at the LNER Stadium, Melbourne was part of an extremely talented squad that took Lincoln City just 90 minutes away from Championship football. The squad included Brennan Johnson, who has become an established part of Nottingham Forest’s first XI in the Premier League, as well as the likes of Morgan Rogers and Alex Palmer.
Melbourne named the player he thought had the most ability during his time at the club, and his answer wasn’t Johnson or new Middlesborough signing Rogers!
“All-round, it has to be Tayo [Edun]. Off the pitch we had a really good relationship and on the pitch he had some really good qualities, he’s talented player and he got that Championship move he deserved but there are obviously a number of names I could’ve picked, Brennan [Johnson], Morgan [Rogers], Lewis [Montsma], Cohen [Bramall], TJ [Eyoma], Jorge [Grant] and even before that with players like Harry [Toffolo]. As an all-round person and a player to play alongside it would have to be Tayo, but like I said I could have picked a number of names there.”
Melbourne was full of praise for Tayo Edun, who joined the Imps on the same day as Melbourne did in January 2020, and although some may have expected Johnson to have been the go-to pick, it’s clear that there was a number of talented players over that three year period he spent with Lincoln.
Although Edun got his Championship move to Blackburn Rovers, he is likely to be on the move once again this summer with Blackburn omitting him from their pre-season tour in Austria and the full-back looking to get his career back on track after a torrid time since leaving the LNER Stadium. Meanwhile Melbourne is hoping for an injury free season in League Two with Morecambe following their relegation, as he looks to work is way back up to League One.
You can read more from Melbourne’s interview with AllLincoln on their website now, as he talks about his relationship with Michael Appleton, loan spells away from the club and his love for the club despite a rather tough spell.