Orient chief is delighted by Tehoue’s return

Slade insists it’s like signing a new player

Orient boss Russell Slade believes the return of striker Jonathan Tehoue is like signing a new player.

The French striker had been out of action since breaking a wrist in early September, but he returned as a substitute against Exeter City at the weekend and it took him less than two minutes to score in a 3-0 win.

The O’s boss admitted. “It’s like signing a new player when no-one else can.”

Orient have lost just one of their last 11 league games and Slade insists the return of Tehoue will provide a major boost as the club head for Notts County at the weekend with more firepower in their armoury.

Slade is keen to keep the club on an upward curve and admits: “We are not getting carried away, but we are on a good run.

“We have won five and drawn five of our last 11 league games and we will be looking to go to Notts County at the weekend and grind out a result.”

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The O’s boss also believes that it’s only a matter of time before summer signing Jamie Cureton opens his goal account and the Orient chief insists he has every faith in the striker.

“It’s unbelievable, he must have hit the post four times since he’s been here,” said Slade.

“But I believe in him and he has got to keep believing in himself. He is the sort of player that when he does score, he will go on and score five in five games.”