NorthEast United FC confirm signing of Guinean striker Idrissa Sylla

Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfit NorthEast United FC have confirmed the signing of Guinean striker Idrissa Sylla ahead of the 2020-21 season. The 29-year-old forward joins the club after spending last season playing in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro league.  

“This is my first move to Asia and I am really intrigued to experience the sport in this part of the world. I had a positive conversation with the Club about the project and I am very excited to be a part of NorthEast United. I am looking forward to working with the coaches and my teammates to make this season a fantastic one for the Club and its fans,” Idrissa said after penning his contract.

Brave on the ball and always looking to dribble past players, Sylla began his youth career with French side Le Mans before spending a season on loan with third tier side SC Bastia. In 2013, the striker signed for SV Zulte Waregem, before moving to Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht and playing for them in the UEFA Europa League group stage. Over two seasons with the club, he made 43 appearances across all competitions and scored 10 goals.

The forward then moved to England to join Championship side Queen Park Rangers in 2016 and was with the London outfit for three seasons. In 64 appearances with the club, Sylla scored 17 goals before a second stint in Belgium with Zulte Waregem. During the 2019-20 season, Sylla turned out for KV Oostende, scoring three goals in 18 appearances for the club. He also has more than 20 caps for the Guinea national team and has scored five goals for the National Elephants.

Speaking on the signing, Northeast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal said, “We are excited to bring into the team someone of Idrissa’s quality. He is a striker who is technically sound, an aerial threat and has been a proven goal scorer throughout his career. We expect him to hit the ground running here in India and give the fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”

The Highlanders have roped in a number of attacking talents ahead of Hero ISL 2020-21, while retaining their star playmaker Federico Gallego. In addition to this, the club have also signed defenders Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox and Benjamin Lambot as well as midfielders Khassa Camara and Luis Machado.

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