Chesterfield make a huge statement of intent with their new signing in the hope to finish higher than they did for the 2020/21 season.
The Spireites have beaten off competition and brought in the prolific striker Kabongo Tshimanga from fellow National League club Boreham Wood.
The 24-year-old, who joins for an undisclosed fee, has signed a three-year contract and is excited to get going as the club eye getting back into the EFL.
I am delighted to have joined @ChesterfieldFC, excited to meet the fans in the next couple of weeks. I look forward to getting the season underway and helping the club progress and achieve great things. #Godswillnotmine https://t.co/qgpGlvhYyA
— Kabby (@kabby_09) August 10, 2021
Congo-born forward Tshimanga has found the net on 37 occasions and claimed eight assists in 79 appearances in the last two National League seasons.
As seen with many reports this summer, he has been linked with a number of Football League clubs this summer, including League One outfit Bolton Wanderers, but it is the Spireites who have fought off competition to secure his signature.
And if Chesterfield are able to tempt him in, turning away interest from EFL sides, then the fee is likely to be a significant especially when you consider his goalscoring record.
On joining the club, Tshimanga said: “It feels great. You can obviously see how big the club is.
“The club shouldn’t be at this level. It deserves to be back in the Football League and that’s got to be the aim.”
Boreham Wood published their own statement, saying Chesterfield were able to sign him after they ‘activated a verbal agreement he had with the club’.
Boreham chairman, Danny Hunter, said: “He’s an outstanding young man and this club is in a better place now than when Kabs arrived. The next stage of his footballing journey now begins and I wish him nothing but success”.
TSHIMANGA’S CAREER SO FAR:
2005–2014 – Milton Keynes Dons
2014–2017 – Milton Keynes Dons – 6 games (0 goals)
2015 → Aldershot Town (loan) – 2 games (0 goals)
2015 → Chelmsford City (loan) – 4 games (0 goals)
2015 → Corby Town (loan) – 10 games (5 goals)
2015–2016 → Nuneaton Town (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
2016 → Chesham United (loan) – 7 games (0 goals)
2016 → Þróttur (loan) – 6 games (0 goals)
2017 → Yeovil Town (loan)
2017–2018 – Boston United – 34 games (8 goals)
2018–2019 – Oxford City – 42 games (24 goals)
2019–2021 – Boreham Wood – 79 games (38 goals)
2019 – England C – 1 game (0 goals)
Gaffer Luke Garrard commented, “In truth, I fully expected this day to come, especially after the two seasons Kabs has had with us here at Meadow Park. I honestly feel his time here at the Club has been Kabs’ most consistent period over his short career and we’ve played an integral role in his development.
“I genuinely wish Kabs all the best in the future and I’m sure he will achieve his dream of playing in the EFL and beyond. I will have many fond memories of his time at the Club, as I’m sure he will too and he knows I’m always a phone call away if he ever needs any advice… Thank you, Kabs.” Garrard concluded.
Speaking in November 2014, then Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson described Tshimanga’s style of play as “quick, powerful, he wants to run at people and he’s a constant threat.”
Pundit @adamvirgs19 said: “Brilliant signing for the club. This is a real signal of Intent from Chesterfield to sign for me the best finisher in the @TheVanaramaNL. Excellent transfer window so far really looking forward to seeing how Chesterfield play this season.”
Fans have reacted as Chesterfield make a huge statement of intent with their new signing, see what was said below…
@Kyle_Motson: What a signing that is. I didn’t even think you’d go up before signing him, but now you’re my favourites for the league.
@maxseth02: Why did Notts not just go and get him, I don’t understand why we aren’t looking at players of his quality
@PhilSaddler: Furlough fc on the way to being bankrupt
@mrcuthers: Are the Government paying for this one?
@MarkFCHT: Scary that only two from @StockportCounty, @Official_NCFC, @Wrexham_AFC, @ChesterfieldFC Can go up, not forgetting their is always a surprise package in the National League.
@paulbrowett35: Well fuck me!!!
@JamiefSquires: Rowe, Payne, Tshimanga, Asante, Denton and Tyson what a front line
@nicholasbeach78: Good signing for you guys this season is gonna be mental….
@BM____7: How’ve you fluked that one 😂
@MrAnthonyCarter: Unbelievable signing .Guaranteed 20 goals from him in this league.
@dannyward_10: Be on furlough next week
@Bodie0402: Great signing 🙌
@paulmwrexham: Buying the league
@pie_flat: We still have two better forward players but good lord, that’s an excellent signing. God knows how they’ve paid for it..
@NCFC_taylor: top signing but no promotion and this clubs in the shit
@ReissNFFC: Really surprised someone in the EFL didn’t take a punt, top signing for Chesterfield that is
@_18SixtyTwo: I actually can’t wait for these lot to go bust honestly.
@SpireiteLauren: Oh my god. As if I wasn’t excited enough about this season!!!!!
@m_w890: Thats a good signing. Definitely won’t be easy but we’ve still got the best striker in the league in mullin.
@Lesley_CFC: The furlough… The vaccines… The massive signings… We are rattling the National League one club at a time… What a player 👏🏻😳💙
@CFC_AIex: Now we watch the tears from other fans
@Diggerthedog1: Last season was a massive missed opportunity. too many contenders for us this time around.
@C0reyDixon: That is some signing fuck me. Obscene strike force
@Thomas_Newell01: I have a feeling we aren’t gonna do aswell as we think… 😂
@TinsleyP: Get in! COYB!
@scottie1984: You’ve given me a semi.
@Tom_CFC_: F*CK ME
@AL2Spireite: Bloody bloody bloody hell… Get in you beautiful furlough abusing vaccine stealing blue and white bastards!!!! 🔵⚪#COYB
@ST_1982: Playoffs secured 🔓
@frankie_wigley: Jheeeeeeez 🔥
@JoeMattison_: INJECT IT
@TomPike21: Oh my fucking god
@xtombarton: HMS piss the league
@_alfie_matthews: Announce promotion
@critch_oli: Announce league 2 now
@JTurner_1908: Wow what a signing. Everyone looking at wrexham and Stockport. My money is on Chesterfield
Omg.. we are building a very talented and special squad for this season! @James_Rowe1 deserves enormous credit for pulling some of these players in! Oh yeah.. admin, announce PROMOTION please!! #Spireites 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/CoPMa9BjmL
— ʀᴀʏ 🇬🇧 (@gammaray156) August 10, 2021
— luke (@Luke_s18) August 10, 2021
— Daniel Richmond (@DannyRichmond22) August 10, 2021
— Tyler💎 (@_TJStone) August 10, 2021