Quakes Sign 25 Year Old DP Striker Innocent Emeghara
A rumor on Bigsoccer forums turned out to be true, and the Quakes did end up signing their third designated player. It is 25 year old striker and Swiss international Innocent Emeghara.
After months upon months of waiting, the Quakes have finally filled that long promised 3rd designated player. But Innocent Emeghara? That’s not the “big name” a lot of Quakes fans were probably looking for. As I said in an article at the beginning of this month:
The third designated player will come, but it’ll likely be a more lowkey name. Matias Perez Garcia exhibits astounding technique and skill, but he simply does not have the same “ticket-selling” power right off the bat. He can certainly prove to the Bay Area that he is worth watching, but he won’t attract the attention that a Gerrard might.
Innocent Emeghara fits that description exactly. Emeghara has spent his career bouncing around from club to club every few years, and has explored a lot of leagues across the globe. Emeghara totaled 53 goals in 128 appearances in Switzerland, 7 goals in 32 appearances in Ligue 1, 11 goals in 47 appearances in Seria A, and 6 goals in 9 appearances in the Azerbaijan Premier League. He was also recently on trial with Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, but didn’t end up signing there. The 5’6″ forward was born in Nigeria, but currently plays for the Swiss national team. He has earned 8 caps for the Swiss U21 team and scored 5 goals with them. He also scored a goal with the Swiss Olympic team in 2012, and has 9 caps to his name at the highest level. He did not, however, play with the Swiss team at last years World Cup.
More than anything, Emeghara adds pace to the Quakes play style. The team has missed that speedy presence in the attacking third and the midfield for the past couple years, and Dominic Kinnear will hope to implement that into the Quakes style of play. Kinnear has stated in the past that the team will be going away from the long ball, and will look to play through the midfield more. Emeghara is one more piece to the puzzle for the Quakes.
Here’s a look at the formations the Quakes will likely explore during the preseason and into the season: