Search

Embleton excited by O's new boys Angol and Wilkinson

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 July 2019

Lee Angol of Leyton Orient and Harlow Town's Joshua Samuels (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Lee Angol of Leyton Orient and Harlow Town's Joshua Samuels (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

The forwards have been signed to replace the goals scored by Macauley Bonne and Josh Koroma

Conor Wilkinson of Leyton Orient is congratulated by Matt Harrold after scoring against Harlow Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).Conor Wilkinson of Leyton Orient is congratulated by Matt Harrold after scoring against Harlow Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

The new League Two season starts in just under three weeks time and Leyton Orient will hope Lee Angol and Conor Wilkinson can hit the ground running with interim head coach Ross Embleton confident they will find a home at Brisbane Road.

Both have had a number of loan spells and at times struggled to settle, but O's remain positive they will flourish in E10.

Wilkinson caught the eye in the National League with Dagenham & Redbridge last season and Angol had success with Mansfield Town two years ago and the duo will aim to deliver the goods in front of goal for Orient this campaign.

Embleton explained: "When we first started weighing up who may or may not come in, it is easy to think 'we need a Macauley Bonne and Josh Koroma' but that is not always the way it has to work.

"You need the best players who are available and the best players who can come in and make an impact in the group.

"I personally have watched them both in real detail and I know how much of a threat Conor caused us last year and how much we paid respect to him in our preparation to playing Dagenham.

"We always knew Conor was a good player and if he ever became available, we would be interested and it's the same for Lee.

"People have paid a lot of money for Lee, so we know he has real quality, but he has had a couple of years where he hasn't quite found a home where he can be loved and valued. We will certainly give that to him and hopefully he hits the ground running."

Angol and Embleton have worked together at Tottenham Hotspur's academy in the past and the forward has enjoyed successful periods in his career.

Lee Angol of Leyton Orient at Harlow Town after signing for the O's from Shewsbury Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).Lee Angol of Leyton Orient at Harlow Town after signing for the O's from Shewsbury Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

He starred on loan for Boreham Wood in the Conference South in the 2014/15 term and then had success with Peterborough United in League One the following season, scoring 11 goals in the division.

Mansfield Town snapped him up for an undisclosed fee and nine goals in League Two earned him a move to Shrewsbury Town last summer in August, but he failed to settle at New Meadow and now Orient is his next fixed home.

Wilkinson has similarly turned out for several clubs on loan after permanent transfers to Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.

He wasn't given many starting opportunities at either side, but at Dagenham showed his class to keep Peter Taylor's men up comfortable in the end.

The former Millwall trainee, along with Angol, will hope to replace the goals scored by Bonne and Koroma last season.

Orient's front pair for the 2018/19 campaign contributed 35 goals in all competitions and as a result had plenty of suitors.

Eventually Charlton Athletic won the race to sign Bonne while Koroma has signed for Huddersfield Town, meaning they will now ply their trade in the Championship.

For O's now the focus turns to keeping hold of their other bright prospects - Marvin Ekpiteta and Dan Happe.

"My biggest fear at the start of the summer was losing all four - Marvin, Dan, Josh and Macauley - and we dread that thought, but as a club at our level we have to be prepared for that and understand it could happen," Embleton said.

"Until the day we are level and on a par with those clubs, then we can go toe-to-toe with them a bit more.

"We all have to respect the fact these lads are ambitious as much as we are to build up our careers and to take the club where we want to take it to. We have to understand sometimes we are going to lose players for the good and for the bad on that ride.

"We wish Josh and Macauley all the best for the future, but we know we have signed two new players to replace them who we feel can kick on and help us in the league we are going into."

Orient fans will get another chance to see Wilkinson and Angol in action on Wednesday when they visit Hornchurch for a friendly match.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

League Two: Mansfield Town 2 Leyton Orient 3

19:18

In its 168 years, Canterbury Cricket Week has never witnessed anything quite like it as Essex overcame a first-innings deficit of 112 to land an astonishing three-wicket Specsavers County Championship win with over a day to spare.

15:16

England's men's team failed to advance to the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships after drawing with Spain in an action packed match in Belgium.

Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski bounces back from Man City game

The experienced coach talked Josh Koroma, Dan Happe, leaving for Notts County and Justin Edinburgh

07:15

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath is hoping his side can go on to force a result against Kent, despite losing plenty of play to the weather at Canterbury.

Yesterday, 17:52

Three violent downpours led to a second weather-interrupted day to Kent's 168th Canterbury Week County Championship clash with Essex.

Yesterday, 17:00

Super Rangers secured the Victoria Park Community Cricket League Division One title after picking up the point they needed due to wet weather cancelling their game.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists