Hyderabad FC have roped in Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza as their seventh foreigner on a one-year deal ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League. Having started his senior career with Spanish side Toledo, he played for several clubs, including Dundee United Rangers FC and FC Tokyo.
While the debut season was disastrous for Hyderabad FC with them registering just a couple of wins in the entire season, they are leaving no stones unturned to change the fortunes this time. The management has already made a statement by roping in players like Joao Victor, Aridane Santana, and Odei Onaindia in the transfer window and now, to add to that, the ISL has secured the services of Spanish forward Francisco Sandaza on a one-year deal.
“I am very happy and excited to sign for this club. It is a new challenge in my career. I am eager to arrive in India start training with my new teammates. The Indian Super League is improving every year. A lot of good players have played in the league so far. I have played with and against a few of them that have told me good things about the ISL, so I am keen to be part of it," said Fran Sandaza, after signing on the dotted line.
The Spaniard started his senior career with local his hometown club Toledo, before spending four seasons with Valencia B, which set the tone for the rest of his career. The striker joined Scottish side Dundee United before shifting loyalties to Brighton and Hove Albion, where he won the English League One title. He made a move back to Scotland and featured for clubs like St. Johnstone and Rangers FC, following which he was involved in short stints in Spain, Japan, Qatar and China. The footballer joined Hyderabad FC after spending an entire season with the Spanish side Alcorcon.
"Fran Sandaza is a known striker in Spain. He is a strong and a technically gifted player and he has experienced football at various levels in Spain, the UK, Japan and China. He is a complete forward who likes to score goals and create chances for his teammates," said Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez.