As reported by French news outlet Le Parisien, defender Mamadou Sakho – a fellow countryman and teammate of Luyindola’s – left a picture (on the right) and a revealing message on his Facebook page that may shine light on the French striker’s future:
“Good luck to Paguy with New York! I’m happy to have met someone like him!”
Luyindula, 33, rescinded his contract with PSG. He was sparsely if ever used since QIA overtook operations at the legendary Ligue 1 club. Though he hasn’t played much over the past few seasons, he still ranks second in goal scoring (86) amongst active Ligue 1 players. Only Djibril Cisse (94) has scored more.
The move would be a good fit for the striker. According to the report, Luyindula is friendly with Thierry Henry establishing a vital connection for him on the team. Aside from that note, he also enjoyed his best years as a striker receiving passes from New York’s latest Brazilian acquisition, Juninho Pernambucano.
The Red Bulls stable of forwards currently includes Henry, Kenny Cooper, Fabian Espindola, Josue Martinez and Homegrown signing Amando Moreno. Without a coach in place, Tim Cahill’s future in either the midfield or as a forward is also still up in the air. What can be deciphered is that the addition of Luyindula will likely force at least one striker from the team. Cooper would be a likely candidate, despite his stellar 2012 season.