When Macauley Bonne and George Elokobi joined Leyton Orient in the summer of 2017, not many expected it would be the largely inexperienced striker who fans would be worshipping now.
Bonne joined the O’s as a player Colchester United fans saw potential in but didn’t expect to actually flourish into the player he is today.
Signed for an undisclosed fee, the striker took to non-league football like a duck to water, scoring six goals in his first 10 games for the club, including a hat-trick against Guiseley.
Orient would only finish 13th in their first season outside the Football League, but it was clear that the club had a gem on their hands in Bonne, who ended the season with 22 goals and five assists in the National League in 44 games.
His brilliant goal-scoring antics saw Orient offer Bonne a new two-year deal with the club, keeping the striker at the club till 2020, and the striker repaid the club with yet another season of hitting 20+ goals.
So far in the 2018/19 season, Bonne has fired Orient to the top of the National League table with his 23 goals in the league this campaign with three games to go.
Dropping to non-league is always a risky move for any player playing in the Football League, but Bonne’s story and success can prove as a message to those who are not getting the minutes they think they should be getting in the professional divisions.
Bonne’s decision to move to Leyton Orient has been a beneficial move for both club and player, who stand on the edge of promotion back into League Two.
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