Former Premier League striker joins Stevenage on trial

By Allison Pasciuto - originally posted to Flickr as jonathan obika, CC BY 2.0

Stevenage have taken former Spurs striker Jon Obika on trial following his release by Oxford United, as reported by the Comet.

Obika was capped by England at Under 18 and Under 19 level during a six-year stay with Spurs, but failed to make a top-flight appearance. He did play in the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup, but much of his football came away from North London.

He had loan spells at no fewer than seven different clubs, including two stints with Charlton and four with Yeovil. He also played for Millwall, Peterborough, Brighton, Swindon and Crystal Palace, before making a permanent move to Swindon in 2014.

In three seasons with the Robins, he scored 28 times across 102 outings, prompting a move to Oxford. He was released after two years at the Kassam during which he bagged eight goals.

He is now looking to earn a contract with Dino Maamria’s side after they narrowly missed out on a play-off place at the end of last season. They could have made the top seven if final day results had gone for them, but they didn’t.

Obika played for Stevenage this weekend against St Albans, a game which finished 0-0.

Our View

Obika could be a good signing for Stevenage, he’s only 28-years-old and should still have plenty to offer.

He’s never been truly prolific though and if anything he might be better as a support striker, someone who they look to play off as much as into.

He’s got pedigree, but his days at Spurs must seem an awfully long way away as he desperately tries to impress at the Lamex.

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