Dale capture Saddlers starlet
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rochdale have completing the signing of Walsall striker Taiwo Atieno.League Two outfit Rochdale have bolstered their strike force after completing the signing of Walsall's teenage striker Taiwo Atieno.
Dale have landed the starlet on a three-month deal and manager Steve Parkin (pictured) was delighted Paul Merson allowed the youngster to spend time with the club.
Parkin has been keeping tabs on Atieno for some time, but it was only when he fell out of The Saddlers' first-team picture did the side make him available for loan.
"He's a player I've been looking at for a while now," explained Parkin to the club's official website.
"I tried to get him to come in the summer but he was unavailable because he was in their squad on a regular basis.
"Physically he's a big lad and he'll be able to cope well with the division. He should also give us that little extra ammunition with a little pace and strength too."
Atieno is looking forward to the challenge of playing for Rochdale and getting additional first-team experience under his belt.
"I am looking forward to coming to Spotland because I need some first team games under my belt in order to improve my game," said the youngster.
"I will work very hard for Rochdale while I'm there. I always give 150 percent in every game and the fans will see that."