DEAL AGREED: Tranmere Rovers bring in Italian striker on loan

Tranmere Rovers have completed the loan signing of Franklyn Akammadu on loan from Italian side US Alessandria until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year old started his career at Fiorentina before moving to Cesena in Serie B, where he made his debut in May 2017 against Verona. He’s since played for Prato in Serie C/A and Fermana is Serie C, before recently joining Alessandria.

Tranmere manager Mickey Mellon is delighted to have bolstered his attacking options.

“We’re excited to bring Frankyln in to the group,” he told Tranmere’s official website. “He’s a young striker who we see to have a lot of potential and he’s a player I feel we can develop at Tranmere which is what we want to do with all of our players. We’ve been looking at him over the last few weeks so we’re excited to see what he can do whilst at the club. We’d like to thank US Alessandria for allowing Franklyn to join us for the season.”

He scored 16 times in 22 matches for the Fiorentina youth side, but has failed to bring that form into his senior career so far.

Our View

This could be a wonderful swoop by Tranmere, but the likelihood is we’ll hear little of the youngster once the winter months kick in.

He’s not only got to prove his worth on the field, he has to settle off it and show he can handle wet, cold nights away at Macclesfield. Even hardened football fans can’t stomach some of those journey’s, so for a young Italian striker it might be too much.

Of course, he could be a resounding success as his pedigree suggests he might. If he is, Mellon will be congratulated as a genius.


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