Leyton Orient moved to replace Macauley Bonne yesterday by bringing in Shrewsbury striker Lee Angol for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has had a number of clubs, including Luton Town, Peterborough United, Shrewsbury, Mansfield and Lincoln City. He helped the Imps the National League title in 2017, scoring five goals in 11 matches.
Having started out as a trainee with Spurs, he earned a move to Luton Town but only impressed with a loan spell at Boreham Wood during which he bagged 33 goals in 49 matches. Peterborough signed him based on that form and he scored 11 League One goals in 38 matches.
His Lincoln loan spell led to a Mansfield Town move, but ten goals in 34 wasn’t enough to convince the Stags to keep him. He moved to Shrewsbury and started well, netting four in eight but failing to score again all season.
Despite his high number of clubs, there are plenty of reasons why this is a shrewd bit of business by Orient, as we explore below.
He’s likely to partner 6ft 1in Matt Harrold, with the 27-year-old being the target man and Angol doing much of the running. Due to his height, Angol has been used as a target man before, but his strengths are pace and getting in behind.
He’ll cause havoc in the channels with the right service, offering a similar threat in that respect to the outgoing Bonne.
Still only 24
Angol might have had a lot of clubs, but he’s still young and has plenty of time to develop.
He’s impressed in patches throughout his career, but has always had expectation heaped on him at a young age.
There will be a lot of expectation again, but he’s maturing enough to cope with it, yet young enough to remain a vibrant force in attack.
Lots of League One experience
He’s got plenty of experience at a level higher than Orient are currently at.
He didn’t get a chance to impress at Lincoln last season, making two appearances on loan, but he’s reached double figures in League One and if he’s played in the right position, can do the same in League Two.
That experience of a higher level last season will stand him in good stead as he embarks on a full season in the basement division.