Wycombe secure former Premier League youngster on a short term deal

Wycombe Wanderers have offered a short-term deal to forward Alex Samuel, formerly of Stevenage.

The 22-year-old has agreed a deal until January 20th after impressing manager Gareth Ainsworth during a trial period.

“Alex is a player who we believe can offer a different option going forward and will fit nicely into the way we do things,” Ainsworth told Wycombe’s official site. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we can help develop his game over the coming months.”

Samuel graduated from the Swansea City academy in 2012 following a loan spell with Aberystwyth Town. He also spent time on loan in Scotland with Greenock Morton, before featuring in the Swans’ under-23 side in Checkatrade Trophy ties in the 2016/17 campaign.

He finished the season at Newport County as they performed their great escape, avoiding relegation on the final day of the season. He clearly impressed at Rodney Parade, winning their Player of the Year despite having only joined in January.

Those exploits earned him a move to Stevenage last summer where he scored four times in 28 appearances before leaving the Hertfordshire club at the end of his contract in June.

Our View

Samuel is an interesting acquisition, not least because he seemingly left Stevenage having failed to impress there. Wycombe, now in League One, are taking a big gamble.

Gareth Ainsworth faces an uphill battle to keep them in League One and his eye for a player is usually very astute, so seeing how Samuel settles will be interesting. He did impress at Newport and his time at Stevenage is perhaps not a fair reflection of his potential.

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