FORMER Town striker Jean Louis Akpa Akpro is our latest special guest on the Mariners Wall.
After departing Blundell Park the Ivory Coast player joined League One newcomers Rochdale, after turning down a new deal with the Mariners.
In his first season with Dale, the club earned a very respectable 9th place in Football League One, and were unlucky to miss out on capturing a play-off place. During the 2011–12 campaign Akpro and Rochdale were relegated.
He left Spotland at the end of that season and signed for Tranmere Rovers.
He scored a brace on his debut against Leyton Orient on 18 August 2012, which prompted his manager Ronnie Moore to comment saying Jean-Louis is capable of playing in the Premier League and that he fully expected him to score 20 goals throughout the coming season.
After topping the scoring charts of League 1 with 7 goals in 10 games, it was announced Akpa Akpro would be out for 3 months with a fractured metatarsal, coming off in the 18th minute in a 1–0 victory away at Notts County.
Unfortunately Akpa Akpro, seemed to be low on confidence following the injury, and was never able to recapture his sensational early season form, scoring only 1 goal in the six remaining games of the season in which he played.
Jean Louis' brother, Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro is currently in Brazil with the Ivory Coast national side. The midfielder plays for French side FC Toulouse.
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