3rd October. Salzburg become Saltyburg.
Austria Wien Announce Marin Jakolis Signing
Bundesliga runners up Austria Wien have again been busy in the transfer market as Christopher Steegmann continues to bolster his squad ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign which kicks off in just over a month’s time. Joining Die Vielchen is 23 year old Croatian forward Marin Jakolis, with the forward joining from Bundesliga rivals Admira Wacker. Jakolis becomes Die Vielchen’s third signing of the summer, following on from the arrivals of Christopher Martins Pereira and Gideon Mensah and Christopher Steegmann will be hoping that the 23 year old will provide a significant boost to Die Vielchen’s forward options after another disappointing campaign from Kevin Friesenbichler last season.
Despite having only scored two Bundesliga goals in 18 appearances for Admira Wacker last season, Jakolis is known for his work rate and his pace and it is these attributes that are believed to have maintained Steegmann’s interest in the forward with Steegmann viewing Jakolis as the right candidate to fill the roles and responsibilities the German manager gives to his starting centre forward. It is hoped that Jakolis will provide stern competition for places with Nigerian Bright Edomwonyi, who has scored 16 goals in each of the last two seasons for Die Vielchen, with Steegmann also keen to add more goals to his team.
Jakolis is yet to be capped at senior international level by Croatia, but has made 10 appearances for the under 21 side, scoring five goals showcasing his ability to find the back of the net in the right system and Die Vielchen fans will be hopeful that Jakolis can slot straight into the teams tactical approach when Die Vielchen visit Sturm Graz in the opening game of the season on July 24th. The 23 year old said on his Instagram account “I am delighted to have joined Austria Wien, they were a very formidable foe when we faced them last season and I am really looking forward to playing my football here and becoming a better player under the guidance of Christopher Steegmann and the rest of the coaching staff here. This is a great place to play your football and I can’t wait for the season to begin now.”
It seems unlikely that Jakolis will be the last piece of business conducted by Austria Wien with Daniel Spinn of Sturm Graz being heavily linked with a move to the Generali Arena whilst speculation continues to persist that Uros Matic will leave Austria Wien before the end of the transfer window with the Serbian having fallen out of favour at the Generali Arena.
CommentsJack: They certainly have the potential to be a tricky side and a thorn in the side of the established title contenders. We shall see how the season unfolds!
Justice: Saltyburg, I like it
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