NorthEast United FC rope in Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan

The Ghanian striker will try to bring in his flair for his national side to the Indian Super League’s sixth season with NorthEast United FC.

Indian Super League is set to get another international superstar to play in it with Ghanian striker Asamoah Gyan to have joined NorthEast United FC for the sixth season of ISL. The 33-year old player has made his mark on some of the grand stages of football with his 136 goals in 331 appearances.

His contributions to Ghana have been immensely inspiring with four editions of FIFA World Cup under his belt and being their leading goal scorer in the tournament with six strikes to his name. He has also done bits in the Africa Cup of Nations with 8 goals scored in his 31 appearances that resulted in two runners-up medals in the tournament.

Born in Accra, Ghana, he made his senior professional debut for the Italian outfit, Udinese more than a decade and a half ago. The following two seasons, Gyan moved to Serie B – the second division of Italy, and played more than 50 matches for Modena, scoring 15 goals for them.

His reputation during this period skyrocketed and prompted Udinese to bring him back ahead of the 2006-07 season. In his two-year stay with them, Gyan delivered more than 10 goals in 40 games.

A move to the French Ligue 1 followed thereafter as he was signed by Stade Rennais. In 53 matches for the club over a period of two years, Gyan scored 14 times and assisted a further five. He later moved to the then Premier League outfit, Sunderland and played a total of 34 Premier League matches. He scored 10 times during this period, scoring goals against giants like Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

In the next years, Gyan played for the likes of Al-Ain FC, Shangai SIPG, Al-Ahli Dubai Club and Kayserispor. For the Abu Dhabi-based, Al-Ain, Gyan scored a staggering 60 goals in just 66 appearances, while also had seven assists to his name.

Internationally, the forward has played more than 100 times for Ghana and has scored 51 times. The trickery, pace, and experience that he brings with him already make the Highlanders as one of the favourites for the coming ISL season.

Upon putting pen-to-paper on the deal, a delighted Gyan said, “I am extremely excited to start this new chapter in my career. I have heard great things about NorthEast United FC and the Indian Super League and I am thrilled to be a part of it for the upcoming season. I am confident that we can better the wonderful season the club had last year.”

NorthEast United’s Executive Director, Priya Runchal was equally pleased with the transfer and hoped that Gyan’s experience would help the Highlanders achieve great things in the coming season.

She said, “We are thrilled to have a player of Gyan’s calibre and experience join our squad. He has continuously delivered excellence at the highest of levels of world football and we are confident that he will add a lot of firepower on the pitch here.”

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