KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Emmanuel Sabbi will head to pastures new in the 2020-2021 Danish Superliga season as it was announced on Tuesday that he has signed a pre-contract with Odense BK.
The Hobro forward has agreed to a four-year contract that will come into effect in the summer.
There had been much speculation as to where the 22-year-old would be heading as reports as far back as the summer of 2019 revealed that there was interest from Danish clubs as well as German 2. Bundesliga team Dynamo Dresden.
While the Denmark is in the middle of its winter break, OB are all already look to the future, and they appear to quite pleased to have a top prospect in the US Under-23 international.
"He's a huge explosive player, good one against one. He is very exciting and has the one X Factor which makes him unpredictable for all opponents," said OB's sporting director Jesper Hansen in a statment on the team's website. "We saw for ourselves how good he is when we beat Hobro 2-1 in the fall, where he scored a very nice goal directly on the free kick. He is dynamic in his playing style and in that way he fits well with the way we play.
"He has made it in Hobro, where he is a big profile and has really lifted his game since coming to Denmark two and a half years ago. Despite his young age, he has a lot of experience in the Superliga, and there is potential to develop even more at OB. We look forward to seeing him unfold in the striped jersey."
Sabbi, for his part, feels happy that his club future has been settled.
"I feel it is a natural step for me to take. I really like the way you play. You emphasize having the ball in your own ranks and playing very directly. It has always been difficult for Hobro when we have met OB, because they have many good players and they are always in control. It's going to be great to be a part of it," he said.
"I like the way the coaches are towards the players, so I look forward to working with them. I had a number of other clubs that were interested, but I chose OB because they showed a genuine interest in having me on the team. It will be a new challenge and I love it. I have to contribute hard work and try to show my worth one against one where I have to challenge with my speed. Besides, I have trained a lot of free kicks, so I hope I can help on that front as well."
Sabbi will change teams this summer, but for now he will looking to help Hobro move up the standings when the Danish Superliga returns to action in mid-February.