Yeovil Town have made their fifth signing of the summer this afternoon. They have brought in former Blackpool and Barnsley player Sessi D'Almeida who trialled for the club in Tuesday night's game against Swansea City. He has signed a one year contract with the club, that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2019, with the club having an option on the table to extend it for a further year.
Born in Bordeaux on November 20th 1995, he began playing for his home city through their Academy system, playing 33 times for B Team (Development Squad) between 2013 and 2015. He made three appearances for Bordeaux's first team during the second of those seasons. He then moved across and played for Paris St Germain's B Team during 2015-16, making 16 appearances.
D'Almeida went on trial with Barnsley in the summer of 2016, and was given a two year contract. However, he only made three Championship substitute appearances, not helped by him suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him out for the majority of the 2016-17 season. That led to him dropping a level to play for Blackpool. He made 27 appearances for the Tangerines, with 11 of those being from the bench before being released at the end of the 2017-18 season, and is therefore a free agent.
He is also a Beninese international, making one appearance against Equatorial Guinea in 2015. He has generally played as a defensive or holding midfielder for his clubs so far. However, after confirming his signature, manager Darren Way said that he saw him as a box-to-box midfielder:
"I feel very lucky to make this signing considering Sessi's CV. He's a box-to-box central midfield player who breaks up play and from what I've seen, he plays with steel, determination and is an all-round midfield player - something this football club has been missing. I'm now excited to see this player develop. Welcome to Yeovil, Sessi."
D'Almeida will numerically replace Connor Smith in the squad, who left for Boreham Wood earlier this month. However, with Jake Gray and James Bailey not expected to start the 2018-19 season, there are currently plenty of gaps in the midfield area to be filled.
Sessi is the fifth new arrival at the club, following in the footsteps of Norwich City loan winger Diallang Jaiyesimi, former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson who has been signed permanently, Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter and former Inverness Caledonian Thistle centre-back Gary Warren.
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