Amadou Bakayoko

Position: Striker

Age: 22 *

At Club Since: Summer 2018

Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 2(1) *

Some signings are more exciting than others, it doesn’t necessarily translate to what they’ll produce for the team. The signing of a striker who has scored just nine goals in 93 appearances at our current level of football is hardly an enthralling prospect. As a player who has been the subject of interest of other clubs in this division, the assumption is that people in the game view Amadou Bakayoko as a decent prospect, however, to have signed him for a chunk of the money raised by the sale of Marc McNulty, the hope was that we could have brought someone in closer to the finished product.

A bigger question than whether Bakayoko is good enough is whether he is a signing we needed to make. Given his physical stature, he looks to be competing for a starting role with Jonson Clarke-Harris and Maxime Biamou, might the money we have spent on Bakayoko been better invested in a more pressing area of weakness for the team? There are a lot of options available in attack for Mark Robins now, and my concern is that he’ll be tempted to chop and change the team which could not only hinder the team but the ability of individual players to develop continuity and form in the side. If Bakayoko comes in and hits the ground running, all of these doubts will be forgotten. On the face of it, this is not just an underwhelming signing but possibly one we didn’t need to make.

*As of 18/08/2018

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