Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC have announced the signing of 'Mini Hulk' Francis Dadzie, and thus bolstered their attacking front prior to the ISL 2.0.
Dadzie (20) signed on the dotted line for the Guwahati-based ISL outfit just days after Argentine striker Nicolas Velez joined the side. The franchisee side has now acquired three top overseas forwards in the form of Velez, Dadzie, and Senegal forward Diomansy Kamara.
Apart from the foreign stars, they also have Indian striker Holicharan Narzary at their disposal.
Following the acquisition of Dadzie, NorthEast United FC head coach Cesar Farias stated: "Francis is a very strong player who knows how to use his power to take advantage and create chances. He can pressurise defenders and his youth adds more desire and hunger up-front. He has an impressive left foot as well."
Known as 'Mini Hulk' for his strong physical appearance, the Ghana youngster has been a former player of Ghana Premier League side Bechem United. The player was also undergoing trials at Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers last summer, where he caught the attention of Timbers manager Caleb Porter.
"Obviously, you see he's a big, strong boy, especially for an 18-year-old," Porter was quoted as saying.
Some of the previous displays of Dadzie can be seen here.
The presence of a strong physical figure upfront will be the icing on the cake for the North East Indian side, as that can be exactly what the ISL outfit would have needed to dominate things up front.
With 11 goals from 14 matches, the John Abraham co-owned side didn't have a very prominent showing last time, but this year, things are expected to change.
And the presence of key forwards like Velez, referred by Farias to have a similar playing style as Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, can be the key.
"I am very happy to add this piece to the puzzle because he [Velez] is very fast and has a great technique with the ball while attacking. He possesses characteristics similar to players such as Alexis Sanchez. He has improved remarkably over the past year and we all know that he can score."
With former Portugal international Simao Sabrosa roped in as the marquee player this year, and NorthEast United FC also revealing that there will be one more high-profile addition this year, it can't get better for the ISL outfit, as they look ahead to a more feisty finish in the Indian Super League this year.