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Nsiala Returns to Hurst's Shrews
Friday, 7th Jun 2024 21:17

Former Blues centre-half Toto Nsiala has returned to his former club Shrewsbury Town, the fourth time ex-Blues manager Paul Hurst has signed the 32-year-old.

Nsiala joined Town from the Shrews in the summer of 2018 in a joint-£2 million deal with Jon Nolan during Hurst’s short spell in charge at Portman Road

The DR Congo international left the Blues in January 2022, having spent a stint on loan at Bolton in 2020, when he joined Fleetwood.

Nsiala, who made 71 starts and six sub appearances for Town, scoring once, left the Cod Army last November and joined Burton Albion on a short-term deal in February. He has signed a two-year deal back at the New Meadow.

“We have got a really good relationship and I think myself and [assistant manager] Chris [Doig] will be able to get the best out of him – as we have done previously,” said Hurst, who himself returned to the League One Shrews in January.

“He obviously knows how we work and our expectations of him. I think that works for Toto.

“A lot of the fans will remember him from before – but for those who haven’t seen him, Toto is a very committed defender who will put his body on the line.

“He has good athleticism, he is brave and he is good one-v-one. He brings an aerial presence that every team needs and on top of that, he is vocal. By bringing him in we gain experience and leadership qualities.

“In his time here before, while it is a few years on, he was part of a fantastic team and group.

“I think the fact he was so keen to work with us again and also come back to this football club speaks volumes.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him and giving him responsibility within the squad.” 

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cressi added 22:03 - Jun 7
commitment But lack of ability a penalty waiting to happen

algarvefan added 00:48 - Jun 8
Well I thought he did OK at Town, the odd mistake yes but a committed player.

shakytown added 03:55 - Jun 8
was probably a victim of the past it rubbish he was playing with like Chambers when at Town.

cressi added 06:14 - Jun 8
Shaky town
Chambers was a far better player than Toto yes probably had a season to long here playing , But that was down to Evans not giving managers the resources to buy better.Chambers was captain under quite a few managers here they never all got it wrong.

Billericay12 added 06:20 - Jun 8
Dreadful with the ball at his feet. Couldn’t pick a pass from 10 yards. Like watching Zouma at West Ham !

Linkboy13 added 07:24 - Jun 8
Sorry Billericay 12 wrongly down marked you Toto was a walking disaster area but like all players there's always someone who will think there amazing.

Bazza8564 added 09:46 - Jun 8
The thing that strikes me about this article is that we paid 2m quid for him and Nolan, and signed Wes Burns for 60k within days of Mark Ashtons arrival. Anyone wanting a sharp lesson in how to drive value through your football club, or waste it, should look no further than that!

Berchules added 11:06 - Jun 8
Like Bazza I find it hard to believe we paid 2M for Toto & Nolan. What did we pay for Leif? Hurst really was a disaster, one of many during the Evans years.
I liked Toto in many ways, certainly his commitment but he was never going to be good enough for the Championship & Nolan, whatever happened to him. Its the past so good luck to him in the twilight his career

bobble added 11:53 - Jun 8
expensive pair..................

hyperbrit added 12:46 - Jun 8
I remember a comment by McK watching him "bloody hell"

Radlett_blue added 09:34 - Jun 9
Toto was a strong but limited lower League stopper centre half, who was hopelessly out of his depth in the Championship. One of Paul Hurst's many expensive errors in the transfer market, which did huge damage to the club. However, Lambert saw fit to trigger Nsiala's contract extension, which beggars belief.

shakytown added 03:21 - Jun 10
Cressi. Chambers had far too much influence on the team and selections and was in my opinion vastly over rated. Strange how getting rid of him and the other REAL blokes was the the start of the clubs revival.

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