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Arnold lauds Cahill, Bobo A-League move

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016 By Adrian Warren

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says the arrival of Tim Cahill and the addition of quality imports such as his club's latest recruit, Bobo, will be a significant boost for the A-League.

The Sky Blues on Monday officially unveiled the 31-year-Brazilian striker Bobo, who will make his debut away to Perth Glory in the FFA cup next week provided his international clearance comes through in time.

Socceroo superstar Cahill is set to make his debut for Melbourne City in another FFA Cup tie against Brisbane Strikers on Wednesday.

Arnold is excited about the latest batch of players signed up by A-League clubs.

"Timmy (Cahill) is coming back hungry because he's still got a lot of desire to play for the national team," Arnold said.

"You look at players around (A-League clubs), we played Brisbane on Saturday and their new Danish signing (Thomas) Kristensen looks a very good player.

"The foreign boys getting signed by all clubs are going to make our competition stronger and stronger and the Australian players are getting better and better as the league gets older.

"Bobo will be a fantastic signing not just for Sydney, but for the competition."

The Brazilian under-20 representative last played three weeks ago for Brazilian club Gremio.

He was a regular goalscorer for Turkish clubs Besiktas and Kayserispor, playing alongside another Sydney import Filip Holosko at the former.

"Bobo has got two great feet, (he's) a great finisher and very good in the air with his head," Arnold said.

Arnold is confident Bobo could handle the pressure of following previous high-scoring Sydney imports Alessandro Del Piero and Marc Janko.

"Besiktas is a massive club, Brazilian players handle the pressure better than anyone," Arnold said.

"One of the keys for me was that he's been hugely successful out of Brazil so it's not like we're taking someone out of Brazil for the first time.

"His goal-scoring record in Turkey, which is a difficult country to live and play in at times, is great so we're very confident."

Bobo said he had heard about Sydney because of Del Piero and that the style of play in Brazil was not that different to Australia.

"I hope to score a lot of goals to help my teammates to win this championship," Bobo said through an interpreter.

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