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New signings excite Tulips going forward

Spalding United manager Gabriel Zakuani has wasted no time in putting his own stamp on the side after the arrival of four new signings.

Controversial ex-Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has joined Glenn Yala-Bolasie, brother of current Everton winger, Yannick Bolasie, Chris Assombalonga, brother of Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga, and central defender Jordan Richards in joining the Zakuani revolution at the Tulip.

All four players started in the 3-3 draw away at Belper Town and they all impressed Tulips assistant manager, Neal Spafford.

He said: “The main thing we were looking for, when we wanted to get some players in, was whether they would improve the team or not.

“We thought all four of these players would improve us and they’ve shown us exactly that in this game.

“Obviously we know that Nile (Ranger) comes with a bit of a reputation, but, fortunately for us, he’s also a player who comes with an awful lot of quality.

“He’s openly said he’s not 100 per cent match fit yet, but he showed his quality on Saturday with a goal on his debut.

“Nile has also shown that he can be a great player for us in the future and he could probably play at a higher level than this.

“It’s great to have a player of his quality in the side as he brings up the quality of everyone else around him.

“If he plays well then everyone else picks up their game so it certainly makes our job easier as a management team.

“Chris and Glenn also played well and they were a constant threat to their (Belper’s) back line when they won the balls off of Nile’s flick-ons.

“Jordan came in and helped us at centre back where he looked really calm and assured on the ball and an absolute colossus in the air.”

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