James Bissue, a Ghanaian midfielder, has signed with the Montreal Impact. The club announced the move in a press release Thursday afternoon.
The details of the deal are not known, as it is MLS policy to not disclose the transfer sum.
The 23-year-old was signed from the Sekondi Wise Fighters of the Poly Tank Division One League in Ghana. Bissue spent last season with the Wise Fighters and has played with Isreali sides Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. in the past.
Bissue also has some international experience. He’s represented Ghana at the U-20 level five times. He also spent some time with the U-17 squad.
Although Bissue is listed simply as ‘midfielder’, preliminary scouting reports are saying that he is attack-minded and can even play as a forward. This is backed up by his 13 goals in 16 games with the Wise Fighters in 2014.
He has also been described as a penalty specialist and a potent long shot taker – who can easily find the net from 30 yards out or more. Both of those skills were on display in this highlight video.
It should be interesting to see where Bissue fits into Frank Klopas’ squad. The attacking midfield roll falls to star Ignacio Piatti, while Dilly Duka, Felipe and Maxim Tissot also appear to be candidates for that spot.
He is relatively young, so management could be looking at the Ghanaian as a project who’s full potential will only be released in a year or two.
Either way, Bissue looks to be an exciting player and I definitely give my stamp of approval to this signing.
Bissue is the 17th signing the Impact have made his season and the fifth since Sporting Director Nick De Santis was relieved of his functions on July 29th.