Ghanaian youngster Eric Talyor has joined Lillestrom of Norway after impressing on a one-month trial with the top-flight side.
The 20-year-old moves from Ghanaian third tier club New Life Academy on loan until the end of the season.
The midfielder from Ghana – who sporting director Simon Mesfin and coach Geir Bakke took an interest in on a scouting trip to Nigeria before Christmas – has impressed increasingly.
Now it is clear that Lillestrom is renting the youngster from the Ghanaian New Life Academy in 2022.
The Norwegian club has also entered into an option agreement for him them to buy the player permanently when the loan deal expires at the start of next season if he impresses.
“We’ve had Eric here since January 18th. He has spent time acclimatizing, and has grown more and more with each passing week. Eric is part of an academy with a forward-looking owner, and they have agreed to a loan agreement, initially through the end of the year. It’s a win-win situation for all parties. This gives Eric more time to show off, and we have more time to assess him,” says Simon Mesfin.
The midfielder had a big smile in Marbella, where the team was having its pre-season training, when it became clear that the transfer was in order.
“I am very happy and I look forward to being part of the team in the future. I felt that it was a bit difficult for me when I got to Lillestrøm at the start. Everything was different. The way you play, the pace, the weather and much else. But I feel like I’ve gotten better and better,” Eric Taylor said.
The Ghanaian youngster had some works for Lillestrom supporters after it became clear that he would get a contract.
“I’d like to tell the fans that they should keep an eye on Eric this year! Hehe. And that I am an attacking player who always gives my best for the team,” the 20-year-old replied.
The move is a result of the scouting trip that coach Geir Bakke and sporting director Simon Mesfin took to the talent tournament that agent Atta Aneke hosted in Nigeria in November.
“We flashed out Eric on our trip to Nigeria. He was one of the very best of the top 150 players we saw in the tournament that Atta Aneke hosted. He’s spent some time being able to show what he showed down there, but now we’re seeing more and more of the qualities we saw down there. There is no doubt that Eric is a talented player. Now we look forward to working with him for the upcoming season,” says Mesfin.