New York Red Bulls to Sign Paris Saint-Germain Striker
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Luyindula has seen little time with PSG this season as he has only logged 11 minutes in a league cup game. With his contract set to expire, the 33 year old has not been a part of the PSG project that is in progress.
During the early part of his career, Luyindula was one of the hottest prospects in French football. His potential caught the eye of Lyon.
Luyindula saw his best seasons while with Olympique Lyon during the early years of their championship run. There he was teammates with Red Bulls' latest signing, Juninho. After producing 33 goals in 91 appearances for Lyon, the striker was sold to Marseille for financial reasons.
After bouncing around France and Spain the next few years, Luyindula found a home at PSG in 2007. It was during his early years in Paris that he worked his way back onto the French National team for a few appearances.
It is during his short time with Les Blues that Peguy befriended current Red Bull designated player, Thierry Henry. It is his friendship with Henry that may be the driving force behind the Red Bulls interest.
While Luyindula has seen his best years pass, he could still be a serviceable second or third strike option. Luyindula has very good speed, and a solid understanding of the game. His experience at top clubs along with France give testament to the ability as a player he has.
While this will not be met with a great deal of excitement from Red Bull and MLS fans, it could be a very solid investment. Experienced, affordable attack options are at a premium in MLS.
Luyindula spent his time in Paris (prior to the new regime) playing the role of a supersub. Red Bull can use him in the same manner to inject life into the game. His familiarity with Juninho and Henry will also make him a valuable addition as a spot starter.
It appears the Red Bulls are looking to add the much-needed role players as opposed to the talented cancers we have seen on the pitch in recent times. Luyindula may not be a frontpage name, but do not underestimate the impact he can have in New York.
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