1. FC Union Berlin have signed Suleiman Abdullahi from Eintracht Braunschweig on loan until the end of the campaign.
The 21-year-old is currently undergoing rehabilitation for an injury, which he sustained at the end of last season. Abdullahi will continue this treatment in Berlin over the next few weeks and will strengthen the Union attack going forward. He scored seven goals and five assists in 2.Bundesliga last season, but suffered relegation with Braunschweig in May.
The Nigerian central striker is the eighth new addition of the summer and joins on loan with the option of a permanent transfer. The deal would be eligible for Bundesliga, 2.Bundesliga and 3.Liga, with the striker in principle receiving a contract until 30.06.2022.
"The last few weeks weren’t easy because it wasn’t clear where I would play next season," said Abdullahi. "I’m pleased that it has finally worked out and I know how it will progress. Berlin is a great city, Union is a cool club and I already know the atmosphere at the stadium. Now I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and finally get back on the pitch."
From a young age, Abdullahi has spent his footballing career abroad. In February 2015, he left his hometown club El-Kanemi Warriors to join Viking Stavanger in Norway’s top division. The striker made such an impression with 13 goals in 40 Eliteserien games that Eintracht Braunschweig came calling in the summer of 2016. The 1.85m striker appeared 43 times for the club from the Eintracht-Stadion.
"Our target was to sign a striker who was versatile and still capable of further development. Suleiman has all these qualities, but he already has a lot of experience and game time in the 2.Bundesliga. He’ll bring extra quality to our attack. His current injury is being treated and after rehab, he’ll join the team for training. We are very pleased to bring this player to 1. FC Union Berlin," said Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.
Abdullahi will wear his favoured number 20 shirt this season. Goalkeeper Lennart Moser has handed over the number to the Nigerian and will take on number 30 for the coming campaign.