Age: 25 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 9(1) *
The trend of signing players almost completely out of the blue has continued with the addition of winger Wesley Jobello from French second-tier side Gazelec Ajaccio. With very little to go on apart from Wikipedia entries, YouTube clips and statistics dug-up on social media, it’s fair to say that Jobello will very much be an unknown quantity before we get to see him in the flesh. While the club’s scouting department will have surely done their homework on Jobello, it seems a bit of a risk to be handing a player heading into a new country and unable to speak the language a three-year contract. As we have seen with several foreign signings over the years, it can be difficult simply to adapt to English lower league football regardless of a player’s talent – although, the notoriously physical French Ligue Two is as good a staging ground for English football than any other overseas division.
Jobello arrives at the club to add quality to our array of wide options following the departure of Luke Thomas at the end of his loan spell last season and Jodi Jones’ recovery from injury. According to the stats, Jobello provided two key qualities – dribbling and crossing. Although his return of goals and assists in recent years isn’t particularly impressive at all, it appears that at the very least Jobello is a wide player who will look to stretch the play – in a similar fashion to Kyel Reid, or perhaps, a little harshly, Luke Thomas. Given that Jobello has yet to be a consistent scorer or creator in his career, it seems like he is going to initially be an impact substitute behind other Jordy Hiwula and other potential new signings out wide. This signing looks to be something of a punt, for better or for worse, we have no idea yet just what Jobello is capable of.
*As of 17/09/2019