Bengaluru FC sign Spanish midfielder Pablo Perez until end of season

Bengaluru FC have bolstered their attack with the signing of attacking midfielder Pablo Perez, who will be part of the Blues until the end of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season, the club announced on Monday in an official statement.

Bengaluru FC will hope the the 29-year-old can help them change the tide around in the Hero ISL as they sit in the ninth spot on the league table with two wins in eight games. Bengaluru FC have struggled to put the ball at the back of the net this season, scoring just four goals across eight games. 

Born in Gijon, Perez is a seasoned professional with more than 200 club appearances in Spanish football. Perez started his journey with Colegio de la Inmaculada at the age of seven before joining Sporting Gijon's youth system. He made made his senior debut with the reserves team during the 2011-12 season in the Segunda Divison. He made his La Liga debut in 2015 against Valencia CF. The striker moved to Segunda Division side AD Alcorcon on a season-long loan in the 2016-17 season before returning to Gijon.

“I’m really glad to sign for Bengaluru FC and I’m looking forward to the season ahead. My discussions with the coach and a few others who are aware of the club and the league were very positive. I’m eager to start training and be able to contribute to the team’s efforts this season. I want to work hard and try my best to help this team reach the playoffs,” said Perez in an official statement.

In Bangaluru FC, Perez would be competing alongside the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Javi Hernandez, and other attackers in the starting eleven. With his experience in the top flight of Spanish Football, Bengaluru FC head coach Simon Grayson, would be hoping Perez can help the team bag some much-needed goals. 

“We’re delighted to have Pablo here with us. What we’ve identified is a player who is very versatile, and can play in many attacking positions. Pablo has several years of experience playing for Sporting Gijon at a very good level in Spain. We’ve watched him, spoken to him and also several others who knew about him, and we felt he was a good fit for us. We welcome Pablo to the club, and hopefully he is a big success for us,” said Grayson.

Bengaluru FC faces a tough encounter against Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday, in Kochi. The Yellow Army is on a high after bagging four consecutive victories in their last four matches. Grayson would be counting on their new recruit to inspire the Blues for the third victory of the season in the Hero ISL.

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