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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Spireites add exciting youngsters Angelo Henriquez, Felix Kroos and Frank Bagnack


Chesterfield has continued their youth recruitment policy with the signings of former Northampton Town duo Angelo Henriquez and Frank Bagnack along with Weder Bremen midfielder Felix Kroos. The Northampton Town pair Henriquez and Bagnack arrived for $1.85 milllion and $800,000 respectively while Kroos came from Werder Bremen for $1.4 million.

It’s widely known that Chesterfield have little to spend in the transfer market but manager Glory Days has spent wisely on talented youngsters with an eye on the future. It was something of a transfer coup to grab talented duo of Henriquez and Bagnack from the talented Northampton Town youth academy.

Henriquez, 18 is touted as a talented forward prospect with an ability to finish however is still raw but will bolster Chesterfield’s very thin forward line with only Alberto Paloschi and Fedor Smolov.  

Bagnack, 18 is a similar talented prospect who predominately plays in central defence and was considered the best Cameroonian defensive prospect at the Barcelona youth academy, La Masia. He will likely replace the departed Christopher Avevor who left for Hannover last season.

Kroos 22, is widely known as the younger brother of Arsenal starlet Toni Kroos however Felix is a solid player in his own right, playing a deeper central midfield role impressing manager Glory Days enough to purchase him and strengthen the central midfield.

The departure of Jack Cork will serve as an interesting aspect of the Chesterfield midfield leaving the door open for youngsters Alfred Duncan and Kevin Vogt to fill the void.

With two successive top 6 finishes in the last two seasons, some Spireites fans may be forgiven for thinking about another promotion run but lofty expectations must be reined in. On the back of a remarkable 5th spot, manager Glory Days has performed a Houdini act by motivating a relatively young side with the fourth lowest wage bill in the Division to perform out their skins. Chesterfield has produced some scintillating football at times however with a largely unchanged squad and limited resources, manager Glory Days will need to find another gear.

Coming down to Division Three are Coventry City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rochdale who have had disappointing seasons, Derby County proved that a big club can immediately bounce back while coming up from Division four are former promotion rivals Rotherham United who won the Division at a canter with their daring attacking mentality, Scunthorpe United and Brighton and Hove Albion. Suffice to say, the Spireites will be up against it to replicate last season’s exploits.


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