Norwich City have tonight announced the season long loan signing of DR Congo International striker, Dieumerci Mbokani with an option to buy for around £5m, but who is the new man and what can we expect from him?
Mbokani first became linked with Norwich City back in the summer of 2013, when Chris Hughton was our manager, along with a number of other bigger Premier League clubs. At that time, Mbokani was banging in the goals for Anderlecht and it was his record of 34 goals in 53 appearances for the Belgian side that made the Premier League take notice. He eventually moved to Dynamo Kiev for a fee of around 7m euros, with the lure of Ukrainian cash getting the deal done.
Having made the move to Kiev, Mbokani made a big impact in his first season there, scoring 13 goals while complaining about the squad rotation policy. Last season, he scored just three goals but saw game time limited through injury as well as reportedly falling out with manager Sergei Rebrov, which meant his two year stay at Dynamo had seen him make just 33 appearances.
Now, he is on the move again and he looks to be the real deal. At 6’1′ tall, he is powerful and very quick and at age 29 is theoretically in his footballing prime. Basically he has the physical attributes of Cameron Jerome, but what we’re all hoping is that he has the finishing ruthlessness that sometimes lets Jerome down – his scoring record suggests that he has.
Mbokani has also spent time at Monaco, Standard Liege and he had a short loan at Wolfsburg too. He also has scored goals in the Champions League and Europa League.
This is a signing that City fans should be getting excited about, let’s hope Mbokani can fulfil this promise.