Have Leyton Orient made another good move by signing ex-Oxford United forward Jordan Bowery?
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Goals of the 25-year-old earned U’s five crucial points in just 17 appearances last year and definitely looks talented
Leyton Orient revealed Jordan Bowery was their eighth signing of the summer yesterday morning with the 25-year-old agreeing an initial two-year deal with the Brisbane Road outfit.
He featured against the east Londoners last season, playing 81 minutes at the Kassam Stadium as O’s beat Oxford United 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jobi McAnuff.
Bowery has been at various clubs since progressing into the Chesterfield first team and making his mark. I spoke to fans of Aston Villa, Rotherham United and Oxford about Orient’s latest summer signing.
Kevin Seeney, an U’s supporter, said: “He’s a bit lazy, but I think he will do well for you.”
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Another Oxford fan, Tim Goody, added: “Don’t use him as a target man because he couldn’t win a header to save his life – decent finisher though.”
Michael Upton, news editor of the Rotherham Advertiser, added: “He never realised his potential at Rotherham.
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“Looked out of his depth in the Championship, although he didn’t really get a run in the side.
“He was strong and quick with a decent shot, but never managed to push his way into the team.”
James Roberts, also an Oxford supporter, said: “Good striker, decent goal-to-game ratio for us. Pacey, clinical finisher who likes to get in behind defenders.”
Aston Villa fan Matt Lynch said: “Did absolutely nothing during his time at Villa. Wish I could say something about him, but I can’t.”
On the whole, there is a lot of positives to take from the aforementioned comments even if not all of them were too complimentary.
When Bowery was with Villa they were in the Premier League so it’s no disgrace for him to have not made his mark there.
At Rotherham it sounds as if he wasn’t given a proper opportunity - making just eight starts in the league, but again it is in the Championship so a class above League Two.
It is the comments from Oxford fans which offer Orient hope they could have got themselves another good signing and a decent finisher.
Bowery scored seven goals for the U’s last year during 17 appearances in League Two while he made one start in the FA Cup and come on as a substitute twice in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The 25-year-old won five points for Oxford with his goals, which was crucial for Michael Appleton’s team in the end as they earned automatic promotion by a single point.
His transfer fees tally up to around £750,000 so the forward obviously has talent and could be a star for Orient in League Two.
No doubt his arrival will ease the burden on Jay Simpson and provide a different style compared to Paul McCallum, Ollie Palmer and Armand Gnanduillet.
Again it is another deal by the east Londoners which looks good on paper and hopefully this move is a success for all parties involved.