Shrewsbury Town complete late deadline day swoop for Lee Angol from Mansfield
Shrewsbury Town have completed the late deadline day signing of Mansfield Town striker Lee Angol.
The 24-year-old former Tottenham graduate has previously been at Peterborough where he scored 11 times in his debut League One season.
The signing, John Askey's 15th of a hectic summer at Montgomery Waters Meadow, was announced on an undisclosed fee one hour after today's 5pm deadline and wraps up Shrewsbury's permanent business.
Angol was earmarked by Askey as a direct replacement for the departed Stefan Payne, who joined Bristol Rovers. Angol joins on a two-year deal with the option of a third.
The Town boss saw the centre-forward, who can also play out wide, as the final part of his jigsaw and believes he has assembled a squad full of quality despite losing a significant part of last season's successful group.
Askey said: "With Stefan going it was important we replaced him with similar. He's not as powerful as Stefan but he's perhaps, without being disrespectful, a better footballer on the ball.
"They've both got different attributes. He can play wide as well as down the middle.
"I'm hoping that's the final piece of the jigsaw. I'm hoping we can just concentrate on the playing side of it now the window's closed and we have a squad together.
"We have quality in there now and looking to push on."
Askey is confident, even after the departure of last seasno's top scorer Payne, that there is ammunition in the squad he has built over the summer – with plenty of options to create and score.
He said: "Throughout the team if you look at players I've brought in such as Fay (Okenabirhie), now Lee, even in midfield, the lads are capable of goals.
"You have to try and address it but still stay solid at the back. We've got enough quality to get goals and create goals."
Angol started at Wycombe after leaving Tottenham but enjoyed an impressive loan spell. at Conference South side Boreham Wood, where he top scored with 25 goals in a title-winning season.
In his second season with Peterborough the forward broke his ankle and was sent on loan to National League side Lincoln, where netted six times in 13 games to help them wrap up the title.
Angol, from south London, scored nine goals for Mansfield in League Two last term.
And manager Askey is confident that he can make the jump to League One. He added: "He's slightly different to what we've got. He's another big lad but he's quite quick and skilful.
"His goal record is decent and he's still improving.
"He's big, tall, quite quick with a decent touch and good football brain. All those combined, if his attitude is right, then he should go a long way.
"With the attributes he's got there's no reason why he shouldn't step up. With the players around him, they can give him decent service and he can get some goals."