ISL 2017: FC Pune City confirm signing of Argentine playmaker Robertino Pugliara
What's the story?
Continuing their activity in the recruitment department, FC Pune have signed yet another foreign player, this time in the form of Argentine attacking midfielder Robertino Pugliara. Pune's foreign signings have a South American flavour to it and Pugliara becomes another attacking signing from the continent.
Signed from Indonesian club, Persipura Jayapura, the 33-year-old playmaker is expected to create an attacking spark in unlocking defences in the upcoming season.
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After letting go of almost the entire squad which represented Pune last time out, head coach Antonio Habas needed some firepower to have a fighting chance of challenging for the top spot.
The club hierarchy has done just that with FC Pune City doing some of the best business in signing experienced yet exciting foreign faces. Pugliara becomes the club's eighth foreign signing and joins the foreign contingent of Jonatan Lucca, Marcelinho, Emiliano Alfaro, Rafa Lopez Gomez, Damir Grgic, Marcos Tebar and Diego Carlos.
The heart of the matter
Born in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, Pugliara started out from the capital club of San Lorenzo. He made 20 appearances for the senior side but soon found himself surplus to demands.
He then joined Talleres De Cordoba but left for the Indonesian Super League in 2007. Since then, Pugliara has been one of the star attractions of the Indonesian league and has featured for almost all of the top sides in the Asian country.
The Argentine's most impactful stint came with Persija Jakarta between 2011-2013 where the playmaker made 60 appearances and also scored 10 important goals.
FC Pune City are one of the only two sides in the ISL who have not yet qualified for the semifinals, the other being NorthEast United. Antonio Habas is desperate to change that and with a threatening attacking unit, the forthcoming campaign can be said as the Stallions' best bet to challenge for the ISL crown.
FC Pune City struggled for goals last time out and scored just 13 times in their 14 group games. The management rightly found out the areas which needed an upgrade and signing Pugliara is a step in the right direction.
The likes of Marcelinho and Emiliano Alfaro leading the line with Jonatan Luca and Robertino Pugliara playing just behind them can prove to be a sight to watch for the spectators.