Wycombe Wanderers have taken a chance on Adebayo Akinfenwa following his release from AFC Wimbledon.
However, his career with his new employers could not have begun more inauspiciously.
The 34-year-old striker, playing against French second-tier side Le Havre AC, started the match but didn’t even make it to half-time.
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This wasn’t because Akinfenwa got injured; it’s because he managed to get himself sent off following a 32nd-minute scuffle with an opponent.
We feel sorry for whichever of the Le Havre players Akinfenwa lashed out at.
The journeyman striker weighs 16 stone, can bench press 200kg and doesn’t wear t-shirts with ‘Beast Mode’ on for no reason.
Akinfenwa is an imposing figure, hence why he’s been so successful in the lower leagues.
Akinfenwa reacts to red card on Twitter
Reacting to his red card on Twitter, Akinfenwa wrote: “Was not the start I was looking for even doe the sending off was dubious. I should have known better but guess everyday is a learning day.”
Unfortunately, there’s no video footage of the incident - yet. Hopefully someone in the crowd managed to film the altercation and subsequent red card.
Ainsworth will be expecting better from 'Bayo'
One thing’s for sure: Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth will be expecting better from the club’s new signing when the League Two season gets underway on August 6.
On securing Akinfenwa’s services, Ainsworth told Wycombe’s official website: “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.”
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