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Transfer Profile: Jiloan Hamad

Transfer Profile: Jiloan Hamad Incheon United
Incheon United have bolstered their attacking options with the acquisition of Azerbaijan-born Swedish midfielder Jiloan Hamad from Allsvenskan side Hammarby IF on a two-year contract. Accordingly, K League United spoke with Sports Journalist Fredrik Carlsson from Nerikes Allehanda to gain more of an insight on what the Sungui Arena Park faithful can expect from their new signing.
(Image via Incheon United)

After beginning his career with Swedish minnows BK Forward of the third tier in 2006, Allsvenskan giants Malmö FF swooped for the then 16 year-old. Whilst with Malmö, Hamad went on to make 125 appearances and scored 22 goals before earning himself a move to the Bundesliga. The diminutive attacking midfielder signed for Hoffenheim but struggled for regular game time whilst with Die Kraichgauer and amassed just 15 appearances for the first team in three years. A loan move to Standard Liege in 2014/2015 brought about six appearances before eventually returning to Hoffenheim. However, in 2017 Hamad returned to Sweden to sign with Hammarby. In two seasons with the Stockhold-based club, Hamad played 54 times and scored 15 goals, 11 of which came during the 2018 season.

How was Hamad viewed at Hammarby IF? League wide?

He signed for Hammarby in 2017 with the clear promise to lift the ”sleeping giant” up a level. I think he delivered on his promise, on and off the field and became a leader and an outspoken captain. Especially in the spring of 2018 where he was a man on a mission to stake his claim for a last minute place in the Sweden World Cup Squad. During that time he was head and shoulders above all the other players in Allsvenskan, the Swedish top flight. Hamad scored many deciding goals and assisted plenty of others. In the end he did not get the nod and that disappointment maybe shone through after the World Cup.

Strongest aspects of his game and where do you think he would be best utilised at Incheon United?

He is a right-footed attacking midfielder who can play on either wing and also in a more central attacking position. He played on the left by Hammarby and was really effective with his best foot ”closer to the goal”.

Reason for leaving?

His goal has always been to play in the biggest leagues. But at 28 his priority is perhaps to secure a contract that can give him something more secure.

What should K League fans expect from him?

K League fans can expect a attacking player who creates and score goals. He is a leader not afraid to say what he thinks.


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