Ismael Tajouri can play on the right wing or behind the striker. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
New York City FC added to its attacking midfield depth Friday, signing Ismael Tajouri from Austria Wien.
Tajouri became the sixth addition to the City roster. His transfer is subject to the receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“We wanted to add more power, pace and skill in 1 v 1’s to our frontline and Ismael really fulfills this criteria,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “He is a very talented player who will compete for minutes.
“He’s got good experience for his young age which he can bring to this team and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Vieira indicated that the 23-year-old midfielder wasn’t quite yet the finished product, but that he will contribute to the team.
“Of course, there are areas of his game he needs to work on but I strongly believe that we have a solid structure around us to help all of our young talented players improve,” he said.
“Ismael a dynamic, direct player who can score goals and his work ethic is really good. He’s another player that we were chasing for a long time and for that reason we’re really pleased that this deal has finally happened.”
Tajouri can play on the right side or behind the striker.
After graduating from the youth ranks at Austria Wien in 2013, he went on loan to Austrian second tier club Rheindorf Altach and helped it achieve promotion to the Bundesliga.
After a 2 1/2-year spell at Altach, Tajouri returned to Vienna and became a regular for the 24-time Austrian champions in the 2016-17, season making 36 appearances and scoring 10 goals.
He took his first steps on the continental stage in 2016-17, appearing in the first of two UEFA Europa League campaigns he has competed in.
Tajouri has played 96 top flight matches across four seasons in Austria and has performed 19 times in the Europa League.
Now, he will get to play for NYCFC.
“It’s a dream come true to play for a big club like NYCFC,” Tajouri said. “I’m looking forward to putting in good years with the club, playing good football and making the fans happy.
“When it was done and I realized Patrick Vieira was going to be my new coach, I was so happy. He’s such a big personality in the game. He’s won everything and it’s a dream to now say that I will play under him.”