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Bobo is Sydney FC's new Janko in A-League

NZN 29/09/2016 Emma Kemp

Just call him Marc Janko - with a bonus.

One look at the pedigree of Sydney FC's marquee striker Bobo is enough to convince even sceptics he can deliver the goals so sorely missed last A-League season.

The 31-year-old Brazilian import is Besiktas' all-time top scorer, with 97 goals in 222 games.

He's won championships with the Turkish giants and Brazilian side Corinthians, hit the back of the net in the Champions League and represented Brazil at under-20 level.

It's no surprise coach Graham Arnold believes Bobo can help steer the Sky Blues back to the heights of 2014-15, when Austrian international Janko belted in 16 goals to propel the club to the grand final.

But Arnold says his new foreign striker offers more than the clinical finishing of his predecessor.

Unlike Janko, almost exclusively a poacher, Bobo is also a creator.

"He can do both," Arnold told AAP.

"Janko was a player who stood offside most of the time and waited for the chances - Bobo's a player who gets involved in the build-up.

"Marc scored 16 goals and got maybe one or two assists - Bobo will get goals and assists.

"He gets involved in combination play, but also makes a lot of forward runs to score goals."

It was on display in last week's 3-0 FFA Cup quarter-final win, when his clever movement yielded two assists and a maiden club goal against Blacktown City.

It was the standout factor when Arnold and football manager Terry McFlynn were analysing the 158 CVs sent in by hopefuls.

"He was about No.120 that we kept looking back at," Arnold said.

Positive character references from former Sydney player Juninho and the club's other marquee player, ex-Besiktas teammate Filip Holosko, sealed the deal.

Bobo and Holosko have seamlessly revived their attacking partnership, one element of a front third already showing more spark.

Albeit only in pre-season, there have been encouraging signs from David Carney, Milos Ninkovic and returning captain Alex Brosque, with gifted winger Bernie Ibini expected to get minutes imminently.

Arnold is under no illusions his team need to deliver after last season's seventh-placed finish.

Bobo isn't daunted by the pressure; he's dealt with it many times over a 13-year career.

"Filip being here has helped my transition, which has straight away shown on the field," said Bobo, who last played for Brazilian side Gremio.

"It's a big club with a winning culture. I want to win and develop my game."

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