Defending I-League champions Bengaluru FC have finally confirmed the capture of Serbian striker Marjan Jugović to fill in the available slot of the fourth foreigner for the rest of the season.
The 33-year-old has prior experience of playing in the UEFA Europa League and the AFC Champions League. A globetrotter, he is mostly known for time spent in Poland, Syria, Iceland and Indonesia. Most recently, Jugović turned out of Lebanese outfit Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley where he scored 18 goals in 31 league appearances last season.
An addition was widely speculated after Bengaluru FC loaned out Honduran striker Roby Norales to Bangalore-based second division outfit Ozone FC earlier this month.
The timing of the signing could not have been any better to boost Bengaluru FC's hopes as they are in the midst of their worst run in history. The JSW Steel-owned outfit are winless in their last eight games in all competitions.
Head coach Albert Roca would be pleased to welcome a new striker who should ruffle up things in his attack, which has been rather dry in front of the oppositions' net this season.
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"We hope the arrival of Marjan will add impetus to our attacking department. He’s tall, a proper target man and has very handy experience gathered across continents. We have been creating so many chances but have struggled to put them away and Marjan’s got his task cut out. I’m sure he will help get our season back on track," the former FC Barcelona said after capturing Jugovic's signing.
Jugović himself hoped to be a worthy addition to help his new teammates overturn the dreaded patch of form. " I’m very happy to join a big club in India and one that’s famous across Asia too. I hope to help the team have a successful finish to the season and will be giving my 100% to the fans, my teammates and the club. I was at the stadium on Saturday and saw the passion of the fans and I’m very excited to play for them," he said after his arrival.
The two-time I-League champions are placed fifth with only eight games to go and have 13 points in their kitty. They travel north to Ludhiana to face Minerva Punjab FC next weekend and that is where Jugović will earn his debut on Indian soil.