Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (or John-Louis as it sometimes appears) is a French striker of Ivory Coast descent who joined the club on a free transfer in the Summer of 2010 from newly relegated Grimsby Town.
He had spent two years at Blundell Park but his time at Grimsby wasn't always a fantastic success as the team as a whole struggled for form, but when things picked up as they battled against the drop, supporters of the Mariners really started to see the best of JLAA and there are real hopes that with better players around him at Spotland, those improvements can continue.
JLAA remains something of an unpolished diamond, with the Dale management duo admitting that there is work to be done on both parts before we see the best of Akpa Akpro, but given the conveyor belt of top class strikers to come out of the club in recent years, you'd put money on Hillcroft to get it right with the French striker.
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