Gombau adds to Spanish mix at Adelaide United

Pablo Sanchez Alberto in action for Spanish Segunda Division club Deportivo Lugo last season. (Adelaide United)

Spanish forward Pablo Sanchez Alberto has signed with Adelaide United on a one-year deal, with the option for a second year.

Pablo Sanchez joins from Segunda Division outfit Depurative Lugo, where he made played 42 times in 2013-2014, the only player to make that many appearances.

He began his football career for his hometown club, Cadiz CF. In 2004 he joined Sevilla where he spent four seasons.

After a stint at Las Palmas, the 31 year old spent three seasons with Recreativo de Huelva and another season back with Cadiz CF.

Reds coach Josep Gombau is excited by the level of experience and versatility he will bring to the club.

"We need a player that can play in front and also defend, a player also with experience, especially because the age of our team is so young," said Gombau.

"In this moment we are looking for this player that can play number 9. He can also play in the middle and the wing if required."

Pablo Sanchez has played over 200 games in the Segunda A division, playing in the style that Gombau has been trying to implement.

"He is a player with experience. Last year he played 42 out of 42 games and he also played in a team that played the same style as us. All these things helped to make the decision of signing him."

"When you have 1 or 2 injuries, you need someone who can step in and fulfil the role you need and help. He has played 329 games across both Segunda divisions so he comes with experience."

Pablo Sanchez adds to the Reds' already growing Spanish influence.

"We are trying to play the Spanish style and to bring a player from another league who doesn't play this style it makes it difficult,” Gombau said.

"His previous coach played in the same style so it is easier for him to adapt."

"Our club also wants to have this link with Spain. We want to build a relationship with Spain, especially through the recent Malaga game. We want to make it even bigger again next year and it's a brand and connection we want to have and continue to grow."

Pablo Sanchez arrived in Adelaide on Thursday night and will join the squad immediately to prepare for the upcoming A-League season.

Source: SBS