Why Chesterfield feel they have 'assets' on the pitch after Kabongo Tshimanga signing

The signing of Kabongo Tshimanga has created a lot of excitement amongst the Spireites fanbase – and he has already started to repay the fee Chesterfield paid for him with his first goal for the club on his debut.

Monday, 23rd August 2021, 3:43 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd August 2021, 3:43 pm

The striker has joined for a believed six-figure sum from Boreham Wood on a three-year deal.

The Congo-born forward, who has scored almost 40 goals in the National League in the last two seasons, has long been admired by James Rowe and the manager gave a presentation to the Spireites board as to why they should sign him.

Keen to ensure that everyone at the club was happy with the decision to buy Tshimanga, chairman Mike Goodwin called a board meeting and they unanimously backed Rowe in signing him.

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Kabongo Tshimanga scored his first Chesterfield goal on his debut on Saturday.

With ‘Kabby’ and the likes of Laurence Maguire and Jack Clarke among others, the club feel they have got some valuable assets now.

“I think it shows the intent from the board to support the manager to ensure this club gets back to where it should be,” Goodwin said on the club’s official We Are Sailing podcast.

"It is a big investment for the club, there is no two-ways about that, but I am confident that we have bought an asset for the club and he will actually repay that on the field so I have got no qualms at all about him coming in.

"I think it could be the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle, hopefully.”

Chief executive John Croot said the deal took a ‘few’ weeks to get done and reassured supporters that the club has not been put at risk financially.

"The National League has shown real due diligence as well, they have asked us some challenging questions which we have answered,” Croot explained.

"One thing I would like to reassure supporters is that it has been thought through carefully and a lot of due diligence has been done at our club, there has been nothing forced through.

"I think for the first time in a long time we have got a number of assets on the pitch now.”