Adebayo Akinfenwa has become a bit of a cult figure in English football over the last few years.
Aside from his incredibly muscular physique, his “Beast Mode” merchandise and his hilarious videos on social media, Akinfenwa has made sure that most of his talking gets done on the pitch and has enjoyed a long, successful footballing career so far.
The 34-year-old striker has been ploughing his trade in England’s lower leagues since moving from Barry Town to Boston United in 2003.
His first team breakthrough came at Doncaster Rovers 12 seasons ago and since then he has clocked up 485 appearances for six different Football League clubs, scoring well over 150 goals along the way.
He may be getting on a little in years, but all of his last three clubs have been promoted and his influence up front has been a key factor in their success.
He scored a penalty at Wembley last month in what was his final appearance for AFC Wimbledon, which sealed their promotion to League One for the first time, and said in the post-match interview:
I think I’m technically unemployed now, so any managers hit me up on the WhatsApp and get me a job!
The Beast is currently on his preseason holiday, where he has been taking part in PartyPoker’s Big Bluff competition, in between trips to the gym and keeping his Twitter and SnapChat followers up to date with his recent adventure to Las Vegas.
But Akinfenwa is sure to have had plenty of offers from clubs around the world who are looking to utilise his talents. Let’s take a look at The Beast’s most likely destinations.
The Australian public love a player with plenty of personality and there is no doubting Akinfenwa has that in abundance.
Most Australian sides tend to play a very direct style of football too, so a strong, composed target man would fit into the majority of their best teams.
Many A-League experts have claimed he would be a perfect fit for Australian football and The Beast would enjoy the lifestyle down-under.
Major League Soccer (MLS)
Before signing a contract extension at Wimbledon last summer, Akinfenwa held talks with a number of MLS teams, whilst on a trip to America to film a documentary and promote his “Beast Mode” brand.
He may be a year older now, but interest in him isn’t likely to have diminished.
If anything, after his Wembley exploits and comical interviews, demand for his services is likely to have increased.
There is no doubt that Akinfenwa would adapt to life in America very easily.
Akinfenwa has proven himself to be a consistent performer and goal-scorer at League Two level.
In the role that he plays, he’s likely to get better with his advancing years, using a mixture of brute force and quick thinking to find himself in goal-scoring situations.
Teams looking to bounce back to League One, like Doncaster and Colchester, as well as teams in the promotion chasing pack, like Portsmouth, Leyton Orient, Notts County and Carlisle would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to bring The Beast to their club and let him spearhead their promotion push.