Bobo back for the Sky Blues

Bobo is back and ready to repeat the feats that made him the A-League’s most potent weapon.

The Brazilian marksman, who turns 36 next Saturday, has rejoined Sydney FC on a season-long deal.

Currently in hotel quarantine in Adelaide with his wife and three children, Bobo has returned to the Sky Blues to help fill the void left by the departed Adam Le Fondre.

Englishman Le Fondre scored 36 A-League goals in two seasons with Sydney FC and was part of two championship-winning teams.

Le Fondre came to Sydney FC to replace Bobo, who had a similarly impressive record during his first stint with the Sky Blues.

In two A-League seasons, Bobo netted 42 goals, including a Golden Boot-winning haul of 27 in the 2017-18 campaign, and won one championship.

Bobo will return to Sydney FC on a year-long deal. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“That was a good number,” he said on reflecting his 27-goal season, which remains an A-League record. “It’s not easy to get there again but I think it’s possible.

“I have a great team and we have everything to do again.”

After leaving Sydney in 2018, Bobo had stints in Turkey (Alanyaspor), India (Hyderabad FC) and Brazil (Oeste), but jumped at the chance to return to the Sky Blues.

“I’m very excited. I’m happy to be back not only in the A-League, but also for this club,” he said. “It’s the same mentality here always. The same way they are doing things here is the key. They change the players but results come the same.”

Sydney coach Steve Corica was delighted to have brought the “club legend” back to the five-time A-League champions.

“His goalscoring record is phenomenal and it means we’ve now got excellent competition for places among our strikers,” Corica said.

“The experience he brings will also benefit our young forwards who we want to develop, and they will learn a huge amount from him. I’ve no doubt we’ll see plenty of goals when he plays as he is a proven scorer and will get plenty of service.

Bobo won the Golden Boot in the 2017-18 A-League season. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“It’s a real coup for us. He’ll bring a point of difference and an even sharper edge up front.”

On the completion of his quarantine spell next Saturday, Bobo will fly to Sydney, but a lack of match fitness is likely to delay his return A-League appearance until late this month.

Sydney start the defence of their title on Saturday at WIN Stadium against Wellington Phoenix, with their second match on January 16 against Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium.

Sydney’s January 22 clash with Central Coast or their January 31 battle with Macarthur FC loom as the options for Bobo’s return.

“We have a plan. I need two weeks with the boys to get fit. Let’s see what happens day by day,” Bobo said.

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