Bradford City manager Derek Adams has confirmed his second signing of the new era, with the addition of former Scunthorpe United winger Abo Eisa.
The 25-year old Sudan attacker began his career in non-league, starting off in the St Albans City academy before making his debut for Uxbridge.
After a positive stint, Eisa made the switch to Wealdstone where he averaged a goal every two games from the wing, earning himself a move to Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town.
Following a brief loan spell with Colchester United, Eisa made the permanent switch to Scunthorpe, where he managed 14 goals in 67 games and made himself a regular in Neil Cox’s side.
With Adams’ first two signings being a striker and a winger, it’s clear that the former Morecambe manager is looking to rebuild the attack.
Eisa helps with the formation Adams will most likely be favouring if he is to replicate his Morecambe stint, of a 4-1-4-1, with Eisa able to implement on either wing or even as a potential back-up striker to Andy Cook. With the wingers potentially being occupied by Charles Vernam or Ollie Crankshaw too, Bradford have some dangerous wingers for this division, and an even more threatening attack.
A point to prove
In his first interview donning the claret and amber of Bradford, Eisa made some very promising points about what he wants to do representing the Bantams.
Eisa expressed his excitement in the project being build at Bradford, something which can get the fans excited, saying: “I am excited about the project being built here. I cannot wait to get started and am delighted to have got the deal done. This club has shown a lot of ambition by bringing Derek Adams in. We want to get promoted, as the gaffer has said in his press conferences. I like that kind of expectation, and want to be part of something special.
“I see myself as a goal-scorer, but I want to improve on my assists as well - and every aspect of my game. I like to dribble and create chances. I am very direct and try to play good football, but I want to show this to the supporters, rather than talking about it!”
The attackers belief in Adams and the future of the club can only spell good news for the fans.
Throughout his career and upbringing from non-league, Eisa has demonstrated he has capabilities that have lacked in recent years at Bradford.
His dangerous free-kicks and speciality on penalties makes him somewhat of a coup for the Bantams, after all Morecambe weren’t too prolific from set-pieces so Adams may be keen to add that to his managerial qualities.
With the options of Cook, Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan and Reece Staunton in the box for corners or free-kicks, it gives the Bantams a new avenue to goal, and a new routine which they could implement to really threaten opposition defences.
Clatter of the seats
The highlight reel posted by Bradford this morning showed off several of Eisa’s qualifies, but none better than his silky footwork.
The 25-year old is evidently gifted, using his flair to phase past players with back heels, step overs and a some brilliant control. His sheer pace and drive also will be crucial in getting fans to rise from their seats and applaud, something that hasn’t been seen in years at Valley Parade since the days of Mark Marshall boosting Bradford the play-off final.