Chesterfield: Striker Armand Gnanduillet signs new deal to stay at the Proact

editorial image
Have your say

Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet, 23, has signed a new deal for a further year at the Proact.

The French-born Ivorian has always split opinion at Chesterfield.

On his day he’s a great asset, and his strength and speed has made him unplayable on occasions.

However, very often when he’s been given the responsibility of a start, his play has been disappointing.

Only rarely has he completed a full 90 minutes since signing from French amateur football in January 2013.

New Spireites boss Dean Saunders saw Gnanduillet first hand recently as he played well in a 3-0 win over Crawley Town.

The Reds were then managed by Saunders, but the big front man didn’t score in that game. Indeed, he hasn’t scored since January.

Last season he was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers to gain match time.

He scored a brace against AFC Wimbledon, and then was allowed to go to Oxford after Paul Cook ran out of patience with the player; his spell at the Kassam was disastrous, with just a handful of minutes played before he was sent back early.

Gnanduillet has started 34 times for Spireites, plus he’s come off the bench 53 times, scoring a dozen goals.

Saunders said: “I’m really pleased. He’s a big, strong, young lad and he’s got the tools to be a really good player.

“I think I can help him, providing he’s got the desire and he wants to listen and take on the information.

“He has got all the attributes and he can go on and play at the highest level.

“He is the type of player we need as an option, to keep the ball in the box.

“When we put the ball in, he is a presence. I know he can score - we just have to make sure he gets in the right places.”

That means Saunders has a squad of 20 players now, though the likes of Gary Roberts and Sam Clucas are targets of other clubs.

No new faces have yet arrived at the Proact.