Reds secure Spanish striker

Spanish forward Pablo Sánchez Alberto has signed with Adelaide United on a one-year deal, with the option for a second year, the club have confirmed.

Pablo Sánchez, began his football career for his hometown club, Cádiz CF. In 2004 he joined Sevilla where he spent four seasons. After a stint at Las Palmas, the 31 year old spent three seasons with Recreativo de Huelva and another season back with Cádiz CF. Last season, Pablo Sánchez played with Deportivo Lugo where he appeared 42 times in the Segunda A, and was the only player to do so.

Pablo Sánchez is a player that Head Coach Josep Gombau is excited by the level of experience and versatility he will bring to the club.

“We need a player that can play in front and also defend, a player also with experience, especially because the age of our team is so young,” said Gombau.

“In this moment we are looking for this player that can play number 9. He can also play in the middle and the wing if required.”

Pablo Sánchez has played over 200 games in the Segunda A division, playing in the style that Gombau has been trying to implement; “He is a player with experience. Last year he played 42 out of 42 games and he also played in a team that played the same style as us. All these things helped to make the decision of signing him.“

Gombau is hopeful that Pablo will be able to bring a lot to this team. He stressed the importance of bringing in experience to compensate the 5 – 6 youthful players we have. “When you have 1 or 2 injuries, you need someone who can step in and fulfil the role you need and help. He has played 329 games across both Segunda divisions so he comes with experience.”

Pablo Sánchez adds to the Reds already growing Spanish influence. Gombau has stressed the importance of signing a player who is already familiar and experienced with the style, “We are trying to play the Spanish style and to bring a player from another league who doesn’t play this style it makes it difficult. His previous coach played in the same style so it is easier for him to adapt.”

Gomabu went on to explain that, “Our club also wants to have this link with Spain. We want to build a relationship with Spain, especially through the recent Malaga game. We want to make it even bigger again next year and it’s a brand and connection we want to have and continue to grow.”

Pablo Sánchez arrived in Adelaide last night and will be joining the squad immediately to prepare for the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

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Full name:  Pablo Alberto Sánchez
Date of birth:  24 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth:  Cádiz, Spain
Position:  Forward

Club History  
2013-2014 Deportivo Lugo
2012-2013 Cádiz CF
2009-2012 Recreativo de Huelva
2008-2009 Las Palmas
2006-2008 Sevilla Atlético
2004-2006 Sevilla B
2003-2004 Cádiz CF