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Goals are everything for a striker, says new Forest Green striker Amadou Bakayoko


Forest Green’s prolific foray into the January transfer window has seen the League One basement boys land their sixth signing of the month by capturing free-scoring striker Amadou Bakayoko from Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old arrives with a raft of EFL experience under his belt having played for the likes of Walsall, Coventry City and Bolton Wanderers.

Bakayoko moved to the UK as a teenager and was quickly snapped up by Walsall. He made his Saddlers debut in April 2014 – and loan spells to Southport, AFC Telford United and Worcester City soon followed.

The towering forward left Walsall in 2018 having made over 100 appearances for the club. He was signed by Coventry City and he helped the Sky Blues to promotion from League One to the Championship.

In the summer of 2021, Bolton snapped up the striker – and he had a sensational goalscoring record last season, with 13 goals from 17 starts. He averaged a goal contribution every 92 minutes across all competitions.

This term, he has bagged four goals in 792 minutes.

Upon joining Rovers, Bakayoko said: “I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait for the second half of the season.

“I want to help the team as much as I can and hopefully I can get the best out of myself as well.

“I will bring lots of energy and I’ll attack any balls that come into the box. Goals are everything for a striker.”

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