Tuesday, 26 April 2011
360 Taiwo Atieno
Position : Forward
Played : 2004-05 (on loan to Walsall)
Appearances : 13
Goals : 2
With Parkin determined never to select Kevin Townson again he turned back to Walsall for this 19-year old striker on a three-month loan in October. Taiwo had made two League appearances and had previously been loaned out to Nuneaton Borough .
Taiwo was very nearly a good player. He had height, pace and showed some skill on occasion. On the downside he had little awareness of team-mates and couldn't hit a barn door or head the ball beneath the crossbar. His whole time with us was littered with great chances that he failed to put away. He scored in successive games over the Christmas period but that didn't signify any great improvement. He played his last game away at Chester in January 2005 - a 0-0 draw that sticks in the mind because we ( meaning Bolton Outdoor Group as was ) had a weekend in Chester to coincide and this meant I'd enticed some unfortunate neutrals to watch a dire game. Taiwo again flattered to deceive with a superb turn in the box in the first 5 minutes followed by shooting straight at the keeper.
The following week he was playing for them as Walsall loaned him straight out again and he scored once in 4 appearances. The following season started with a 5-month loan to just-relegated Kidderminster and he did better with 5 goals in 22 appearances. Walsall gave him 3 more games then he finished the season on loan at Darlington without scoring in 3 substitute appearances. He started the 2006-07 season with Dagenham but soon moved on to Tamworth where his 12 goals in 39 appearances wasn't enough to save them from relegation from the Conference. He then left the UK for nearly 3 years to play with Puerto Rico Islanders and Rochester Rhinos in the US before re-appearing at Luton in March 2010. He made 13 appearances and scored 3 goals before being released in January. He signed for Stevenage but at the time of writing had played just one game for them. He has also made 4 appearances for Kenya.