6 – John Akinde
Yes, I know I defended him at the time and I believe he was integral to our title-winning campaign, but there is no doubt that on reflection, John Akinde’s goals ratio was not what we expected. This was a striker who hit 90 goals in 177 appearances for Barnet, including 33, 24 and 26 in consecutive seasons. He was a proven scorer, a man often coveted by bigger clubs as the Bees held firm. Eventually, Danny Cowley prised him away for an undisclosed club-record fee that has been put at anywhere between £125k and £200k.
He did hit 17 in 52 matches for us, but a large chunk of those were from the penalty spot. Maybe he was the striker who brings others into play, but his previous record didn’t tell us that, we thought he was the 20-goal-a-season man. In total, he got 25 goals for us in 89 appearances, many from the spot, before being farmed out to Gillingham. Thus far in Kent, he has two goals in 24 league matches.