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twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko (The Sun)

MANSFIELD. Keen on Burton striker Lucas Akins.


twitter Edward Walker @edward_w97 (D3D4 football)

It’s never really been about pace with Lucas. He’s someone who when he has it under control can hold you off and drive forward. His control isn’t great thougy and that’s why he’s best out wide rather than central.


Nigel Clough aims to land versatile striker target for Mansfield Town

Nigel Clough is hoping to sign his former player Lucas Akins from Burton Albion, according to reports.

Akins is a legend at the Pirelli Stadium having been at the club since 2014, but the 31-year-old could be tempted to drop a division to reunite with his former boss.

Akins has netted 63 goals in 290 appearances for the Brewers since joining them from Stevenage in the summer of 2014 but with Burton struggling he might be allowed to leave with Mansfield showing an interested, according to Alan Nixon.

The Stags have made significant improvements in the short time since Clough has been in charge with their best performance coming this weekend, a 4-0 win against Port Vale.

On paper, they have enough quality in their squad to push on up the League Two table but they could see a real turnaround with a couple of talented additions.

Akins is able to play in several positions and although he is traditionally considered to be a striker, he has also played full-back on several occasions for the Brewers.


03/01/2021, By George Harbey

Mansfield Town are interested in signing Burton Albion forward Lucas Akins this month, according to Alan Nixon.

Nigel Clough will be keen to stamp his authority at the One Call Stadium, as he looks to strengthen his squad this month.

The Stags currently sit 19th in League Two, and will be keen to keep on climbing the table after a 4-0 home win over Port Vale at the weekend.

According to Alan Nixon, Burton Albion forward Lucas Akins could be set to reunite with Clough this month.

Akins joined Burton from Stevenage in 2014, and has since scored 64 goals in 298 games for the Brewers in all competitions.

The 31-year-old’s deal expires at the end of the season, though, so it remains to be seen whether Burton look to sell him this month, rather than potentially lose him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

Akins has made 24 appearances for Burton in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals with five of those coming in League One.

The Verdict

This doesn’t come as a surprise.

Clough is likely to want to bring in players who he knows and trusts this month, and having done a great job in charge of Burton, Akins fits the ball.

He is a quick, strong forward who can play out wide or through the middle, and he has scored a lot of goals for the Brewers.

He is getting old, but he has promotions on his CV and could be a great influence on and off the pitch for Mansfield.