Borussia Mönchengladbach have signed Alassane Plea from OGC Nice. The 25-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a five-year-deal with the Foals.
“We’re extremely glad that this transfer has gone through and we were able to sign Alassane despite a lot of competition from various other well known clubs,” says Borussia’s sporting director, Max Eberl. “Thankfully for us, he wanted to come to Borussia at all costs. He’s a versatile, quick and clever forward who has put his talent on full display in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.” Plea will take part in his first training session with the rest of his teammates on Sunday.
Plea started his development in Olympique Lyon’s academy, for whom he made his Ligue 1 debut as a 19-year-old. He played a total of 12 league and Europa League games for Lyon (scoring one goal), before he was loaned out to second tier side AJ Auxerre at the start of 2014. He scored one goal there in 15 games. He then moved to OGC Nice for the beginning of the 2014/15 season and would go on to make his breakthrough. He scored 44 times in the 135 games that he played, as well as providing 23 assists. The forward also represented numerous levels of the France national team youth setup as a youngster, scoring six goals in a total of 24 games.