Gareth Ainsworth has secured a massive coup in the transfer market, attracting one of the EFL’s biggest characters to Adams Park.34-year-old striker Adebayo Akinfenwa issued a come-and-get-me plea to managers live on Sky Sports after helping to secure promotion glory for his former club AFC Wimbledon in the League 2 play-off final in May – and Ainsworth reacted accordingly to tempt the hitman to Wycombe on a one-year deal.
Affectionately known as the “Beast” due to his immense physical strength, Akinfenwa boasts a phenomenal goalscoring record, netting more than 150 times in English football including notable spells at Swansea City, Northampton Town and Gillingham prior to his two-year stint with Wimbledon.
His physical prowess and larger-than-life character have made him a household name in global football, and for the next year at least Wanderers fans will have the chance to enjoy his talents in the brand-new light and dark blue quartered kit, which was revealed for the first time at Adams Park on Sunday.
Ainsworth said: “Everybody knows what Bayo is about and I’m so excited to have him here because he’s the right signing at the right time for us.
“I believe that bringing Bayo to the club shows our intent to give it a real push to go bigger and better than what we achieved last season. With Dayle Southwell, Paris Cowan-Hall and Myles Weston also coming into the club this summer, I’m delighted with the way we’ve been able to strengthen our attacking options and I know this signing in particular will get people talking.
“Bayo has had a phenomenal career and still has plenty to offer, not just on the pitch but also in the changing room because of his character and real leadership qualities. He’s kept himself fit over the summer and joins the squad at a perfect time just as we’re heading out to France for a pre-season training camp which will help everyone get to know each other better and enable us to put more plans in place for the year ahead.”