Huddersfield Town have announced their latest signing of the summer transfer window – Josh Koroma. The 20-year-old forward has joined Town from League Two side Leyton Orient in a deal believed to be worth around £500,000.
Koroma was heavily linked with Town in the January transfer window with a rumoured £300,000 bid being turned down by The O’s. It’s unknown whether or not that bid came from Town as Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Aston Villa were also eyeing Koroma back in January.
So what do we know about the new striker? Is he the answer to our goal scoring problems? Should we write him off already (tongue firmly in cheek)? Read on to find out the answer to all those questions and more.
The Brief Biography
Josh Koroma made his first foray into the Leyton Orient first team in the 2015/2016 season, but it wasn’t until the following campaign that he staked a claim for a regular place. In that season Koroma played 24 times for The O’s scoring just 3 goals as the East London club slipped out of the Football League.
In the following two seasons Koroma’s Leyton Orient career really took off as he became one of the shining lights for his club. Despite missing a chunk of last season through injury Koroma managed to score 11 goals as Orient made their return to the Football League.
Fellow striker Macauley Bonne outscored Koroma throughout the season but it was the latter that got the fans of their feet with a string of dazzling displays.
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Josh Koroma’s Style
If we were looking for a readymade replacement for Steve Mounie to come into the squad and score 25 goals this season we will be disappointed with Koroma. There’s nothing in his career thus far to suggest that he will go on to become a goalscoring sensation, but fortunately his game is about so much more than that.
He possesses explosive pace which is lethal in combination with his trickery on the ball. Koroma is a striker that can bring others into the game with hard work and guile.
Of course Town will be hoping that Koroma can add a lethal touch to his game and go on to score plenty of goals for the club. However that may take some time as he is not yet the finished article.
In the meantime Town can be confident that they have signed a promising youngster with buckets of potential.
What Orient Fans Say About Koroma
On the sale, “Macauley Bonne has more goals and has consistently scored over two seasons for us. We wouldn’t be in League Two without his goals, If I had to choose between the two I’d keep Bonne.”
On his potential, “Koroma has an immense amount of talent but is far from the finished article and there are better players out there than him. We could get a better player for half of the money that we’ve received.”
On the move, “I’m surprised it’s taken so long, Koroma is having second thoughts, and after all I wouldn’t want to live in Huddersfield!”
Coming off the back of relegation from the Premier League with the weight of parachute payments in our pockets it’s hard not be a tad disappointed with this signing. We’re all hoping to bring in players that will help us bounce back to the Promised Land at the first opportunity.
Realistically I don’t think that’s on the clubs immediate agenda, instead we’re probably looking at a season of stabilisation to put in the building blocks of long-term success. That’s a smart move by the club and the signing of Josh Koroma is a step in the right direction in that regard.
I wouldn’t expect a massive breakthrough season from Koroma this time around but in the years to come he could go on to have a great career at Town. If not it’s not a big enough fee to be considered a risk, especially when you consider the sums we spent last season!