For it’s Ndjoli Good Deadline Day for AFC
Deadline Day , love it or hate it, it’s always frantic and with Dior Angus and Harrison Biggins both leaving, Barrow AFC fans were hoping to see some strike power added to the squad.
And so it came to pass, with Michael Jolley being delighted to bring two new faces to the Progression Solicitors Stadium.
First up was Jolley’s near namesake, forward Mikael Ndjoli from Bournemouth. The 23 year old front man started his career at Spurs as a youth team player and after spells at Watford, Brentford and Millwall was picked up by Bournemouth for whom he signed professional forms in 2018. Being sent out on loan, Ndjoli has gained valuable experience at SPL club Kilmarnock where he helped them to a third place finish. He followed this up with loan spells at Gillingham and Motherwell.
Speaking on the club’s website Jolley says of his new signing “He’s an exciting young striker. He’s got good attributes of pace and physicality which I think will help the squad and he also brings more competition for places”
“We have tried to add some speed where we can. We already have players with good pace but in Mikael I think we have someone who can run in behind and work on the shoulder”
Jolley’s other bit of business was to bring in Mace Goodridge from Premier League side Burnley on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 21 year old midfielder has always been highly thought of, joining Burnley after spells at Manchester City and Newcastle.
He immediately created an impression in the under-23 side at Turf Moor, leading to him signing a professional contract and earning a first team spot in the 2018/19 season.
A serious knee injury curtailed his campaign early but following a successful operation and rehabilitation, he signed a new contract and again impressed in the Under-23s.
Once again involved with the First team he made the bench for the first time when Burnley travelled to Spurs in December 2019 before being in and around the senior squad since.
Of Goodridge, Jolley says “He’s got a great deal of energy and athleticism and he’s a box-to-box midfielder with a good pedigree, having been at more than one Premier League club”
“I know that he’s very highly thought of at Burnley and I trust the guys there so we’re happy that they trust us with their players. We’re really happy to give him the platform to come in, compete for a place and then show everyone what he can do.”
The board have not been scared to back Jolley in this Transfer window and will now be hoping to see the hard work pay off as they look to climb up the Division 2 table.