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Changchun Yatai to finalize the signing of Brazillian midfielder Lucas Souza

Changchun Yatai to finalize the signing of Brazillian midfielder Lucas Souza

Changchun Yatai officially announced yesterday, March 6, that Brazillian midfielder Lucas Souza penned a 3-year-contract with the club.

The Club have completed the list of import players for the 2020 season with Braziliian Lucas Souza.

The 29-year-old midfielder will join the like of compatriot Serginho and Nigerian striker Aaron Olanare.

The midfielder will likely be used in rotation throughout the season due to China League One’s rules.

The rule requires teams to just field two import players during matches, which means teams need to balance playing time between the maximum three signings they are permitted.

Souza provides Changchun with stronger midfield depth, a position of need entering the off-season, playing a box-to-box style while primarily sitting in front of the defensive line.

The former APOEL player, whom he scored nine goals in 54 league games for, will likely be used during games where a more defensive strategy is required, either sitting behind Serginho in midfield or rotating in for him on occasion.

Changchun Yatai’s head coach, Samvel Babayan is clearly pleased with obtaining the service of the Brazillian,

“We are pleased that Souza decides to join us. He will be a great addition to the team. Serginho has been here for a while and definitely I will ask him to help Souza to settle down.”

Babayan now has a little bit longer to make final decisions on his squad, with hopes of seeing the season begin at some point in April or May.

But with his import signings now locked up, the Uzbek manager can feel fairly comfortable with his team so far, largely retaining a competitive team from last season while adding some strong players through the middle of the pitch.