Oldham Athletic have completed their eighth signing of the summer.
Oldham Athletic was relegated to EFL League Two at the end of the 17/18 campaign. They continued to be unimpressive the following season, finishing 14th in their new division.
The appointment of Laurent Banide, the first man from outside UK & Ireland to manage the club, demonstrates Oldham’s desire to move the club in a positive direction.
Banide has also been granted eight signings this summer, with the latest being 26-year-old striker Desire Segbe Azankpo. He has signed a one-year deal from Slovakian club FK Senica for an undisclosed fee, according to BBC.
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With a large number of signings being made, it is evident that Oldham Athletic are pushing for promotion. The one year contract indicates that not much scouting has been done on the striker, but Banide sees his quality as enough to drive The Latics much higher up the table.
There is, however, an option to extend the contract by one year, according to Transfermarkt.
Oldham Athletic are obviously expecting a promotion in the next two years before Azankpo’s services are no longer required.
Azankpo is from Benin, a French-speaking African nation who has also played in France. This can allow for French manager Laurent Banide to give very clear instructions to the striker. This is further evidence for the striker being brought in to do one job, likely scoring goals, in order to drag the club back to the EFL League One.
There are both positives and negatives to the current approach to transfers. Signing potential mercenaries could be damaging to the reputation of the club. However, Banide may be ready to build a prospective squad after they have landed back into the third tier of English football.