New Perth Glory striker Ben Azubel to give A-League defences plenty of headaches says coach Ruben Zadkovich
Perth Glory’s new signing, imposing Israeli striker Ben Azubel, will bring a physical presence to a new-look forward line, says coach Ruben Zadkovich.
The former Israel under-19 international, who has scored 43 goals in 75 appearances in the Israeli top-flight and 68 in the second division, has inked a two-year deal with the A-League club.
The 193cm attacker has played for several clubs in his homeland including Hapeol Acre, Hapoel Haifa, Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Petah Tikva.
Azubel, 28, said he turned down offers from the top league in Israel and from other countries to join Glory.
“I preferred to wait for a challenging offer and that is when the interest came from Perth Glory,” Azubel said.
“I am very excited and cannot wait to land in Australia.
“I want to connect as quickly as possible to the team and the club and what motivates me most is to make the fans happy.
“I want to impress the fans with my qualities and together with the rest of the players and the whole club, strive to make it a special season.”
Zadkovich said Azubel would bring a physical presence with technical attributes.
“Ben has the potential to cause a lot of headaches for defenders in this league,” Zadkovich said.
“He is an imposing figure who provides a different outlet in the front third.
“Ben’s an intriguing player who is very professional with his standards and will help us raise the levels within the group.”
Head of recruitment Andy Keogh said Azubel would add a different dimension to the rebuilt squad.
“At 28 he is at a prime age to really help the team on the pitch,” Keogh said.
Azubel was born in Ganei Tikva, played his youth football for Maccabi Petah Tikva, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Kfar Saba before making his senior debut.
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