Sydney FC today confirmed the signing of former Iranian international Reza Ghoochannejhad, on loan from Cypriot side APOEL.
"Gucci" scored 17 goals for Iran in 44 caps, including their sole goal at the 2014 World Cup. Australians may remember him well from the 2015 Asian Cup however, when he scored 2 goals for his nation.
I think this is an excellent signing, and it is very refreshing to see the club use their Asian +1 spot for the upcoming Champions League campaign.
With 27 goals in just under 70 appearances for SC Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, this looks to be a great signing. One would suspect Siem de Jong, Jop van der Linden, and Jordy Buijs all put in a good word for him, with them all having played against him in the past.
I'm interested to see how he fits into this team. I'd imagine he'll play a core part in the line-up, but it remains to be seen if the tactics will change much with his introduction. It's safe to say on paper it will remain a 4-4-2, but will it change Adam le Fondre's role?
Also worth noting how many Iranians came to watch Team Melli in 2015 - wouldn't mind betting we'll see a bump on attendances for the remainder of the season. They're incredibly passionate, and were a great bunch to sit around during the Asian Cup in 2015.
In other Sydney FC news, I have been informed that Sydney are lining up one more player in this transfer window to be announced tomorrow.