NorthEast United sign Idrissa Sylla
Idrissa Sylla in his Anderletch days (Credit: NorthEastUnited Twitter)

NorthEast United sign Idrissa Sylla

GUINEA INTERNATIONAL striker Idrissa Sylla has signed for NorthEast United, the 29-year-old has previously played top flight football in Belgium and second-tier football in France and England.

Head coach Gerard Nus said in a video posted to the club’s Twitter page: “Idrissa Sylla is a striker capable of scoring goals by himself.

“He’s really a threat for any defender and he’s coming from a huge league in Europe.

“Also, in a great moment of his career.”

Mr Sylla began his career with Le Mans, though made his debut during a loan spell with Bastia in 2010-11.

In his first season in the Le Mans first team, he was the side’s joint top-scorer with nine goals.

Despite amassing 40 points in the 2012-13 season, Le Mans were two points short of safety and relegated to the Championnat National, with Mr Sylla moving to Belgium with Zulte Waregum.

He would then spend 18 months with the club and another 18 with Anderlecht before a two-year spell at Queens Park Rangers in west London.

He would score ten goals in his first season in the Championship and seven in his second before returning to Zulte Waregum, he spent last season on loan at Oostende.

Mr Sylla has five goals in 27 games for his national team.

The side have no filled up their foreign player spots with Benjamin Lambot, Kwesi Appiah, Khassa Camara, Luis Machado, Federica Gallego and Dylan Fox also registered.

NorthEast United will play their games this season at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Game, instead of their usual ground the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Hyderabad and Jamshedpur will also use the ground as their home stadium.

NorthEast United only managed a ninth-place finish last year, winning just two games.

Robert Jarni was sacked as manager in February with Khalid Jamil taking over till the end of the season as caretaker.

Mr Nus had previously worked with NorthEast United technical director Avram Grant when the Israeli was in charge of the Ghana national team.

He has worked in the academy systems of Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion, as well as being head coach of Rayo OKC in the United States and FC Irtysh Pavlodar in Kazakhstan.

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