- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 12, 2011
- 2 Comments
- Designated Player
Mustapha Jarju. You got that name? Alright. Learn it because he’s MLS’s newest Designated Player today as Vancouver announced the signing of the 24-year old Gambian striker today.
Jarju joins Whitecaps FC after three successful seasons with Belgian club Royal Albert-Elisabeth Club (RAEC) de Mons. During the 2010-11 season, the 24-year-old scored 25 goals and added 13 assists in all competitions, including 18 goals in 33 league matches, four goals in six playoff games, and three goals in two Belgian Cup matches. During his three years with RAEC Mons, the 6-foot, 160-pound striker scored 43 goals in 118 appearances.
Last season he helped RAEC Mons win promotion to Belgium’s top-flight Jupiler Pro League after two seasons in the Belgian Second Division.
Expect the Whitecaps to use some combination of Jarju, Eric Hassli and Camilo to lead the attack now. If Jarju can adapt to the style of play in MLS it could end up being a great signing for the club. Vancouver has made some excellent moves already in their expansion season (and some not-so great ones as well). The move could also help ease the burden on Hassli, who has put in a good chunk of the goals for the Whitecaps already this season.
It’s exciting that the league now has an African DP, even if Jarju isn’t a household name here. Seeing that he’s also a young player at 24-years old is exciting as well.
What do you make of this signing?