ARON JOHANNSSON JOINS LECH POZNAN
Aron Johannsson will now try to make an impact in Poland as it was announced on Friday that the forward has signed a deal with Ekstraklasa team Lech Poznan.
The deal will see the 30-year-old play with the team through the end of the year with an option of an additional 18 months until June 2023. He now joins Kenny Saief (Lechia Gdansk) and Ben Lederman (Rakow Czestochowa) to become the latest American to play in the Eastern European country.
It has been a huge turnaround for the Icelandic-American as he wrapped up two seasons in Sweden's Allsvenskan with Hammarby. The 2020 season would prove to be his best as he went on to score 12 goals in 22 games, making him the team's top goalscorer.
Prior to the move to Sweden, the Mobile, Alabama-born man had hit a rough patch while playing with German Bundesliga team Werder Bremen. Various injuries would prevent him from getting consistent minutes on the field and showing his potential to be one of the top forwards in the German top flight.
Now, Johannsson will have a chance to test himself in Poland's top division with a team that once had Robert Lewandowski on their books. And he is up for the challenge to fill such big shoes with the team.
"I like to score and create goal opportunities for my teammates and this is what I would like to contribute to the team's good results on the pitch. Not so long ago with my previous team - Hammarby IF - I had the opportunity to play against Lech and I remember that the Poznan team had a lot of good and technically well-trained players, so I can't wait to be able to play with them and help the club achieve the best results," said Johannsson in an interview on the team's website.
As for Poznan, who currently sit in 10th place in the standings, they are confident that they have signed the right player to help them to move up further during the second half of the season.
"Aron is a player who will definitely give us more opportunities in the offensive," said Lech Poznan head coach Dariusz Zuraw. "He is very mobile, he can act both in attack as an advanced attacker and the second, slightly withdrawn attacker.
In the latter variant, he recently functioned in Hammarby, when he competed against us in the Europa League qualifiers. His presence will give me, for example, the option to play with two strikers, because in such a setup I feel very comfortable."
Johannsson could see his first action for Lech when they face Wisla Plock on Feb. 14.