Dundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli believes his side have captured the “complete” forward following the signing of Norwegian striker Ole Erik Midtskogen last week.
The 25-year-old was announced as the Italian’s first signing of the off-season last Tuesday but his arrival was overshadowed somewhat by the news of Sean Gannon’s impending departure from the club to join Sean Hoare at Shamrock Rovers.
Midtskogen will be familiar to Dundalk fans having scored against the Lilywhites for Faroese side KÍ Klaksvik in the Europa League play-off at the Aviva Stadium in October. It was one of 10 goals scored by the striker in 30 appearances for Klaksvik this season while he also chipped in with 12 assists.
Speaking about his arrival on Sunday, Giovagnoli admitted the club had tracked the 6ft 4in player on the back of his superb strike against them in the 3-1 win that secured Europa League football for the club.
“He’s a player who after we played KÍ in the play-off we started to follow and we did a lot of research on him,” said Giovagnoli.
“He’s the kind of player who we believe will fit in really well with our style and in the league. We believe he has a real future in football. He’s a talent. He’s really complete. He’s big but he’s also really technical. We are really happy to have him.
“His physique and his quality is something that we like. When you follow somebody it means you have to watch a lot of games and do your research. We did a lot of research on him and finally we were able to sign him and he was happy to come.”
Giovagnoli said he believes Midtskogen will be able to play in multiple positions for Dundalk next season.
“He has a really high level of technical skills so he can play as a nine, he can play behind the nine, as a 10. He can play in multiple positions so that is really good for what we want.
“He’s a really complete player and I’m looking forward to see how we’re going to use him in our team.”
With David McMillan expected to remain at Oriel Park next season, Giovagnoli said he was pleased with his striking options between him, Midtskogen and Patrick Hoban.
“We have three players who are really good at scoring goals which is the most important thing,” he said.
“Pat is going to have to recover from his injury in the pre-season but he’ll be ready for the league. With Erik and David, we will be able to wait for him for sure.