Ujah, Nigerian striker signs 4-year deal with Bremen

Rouven Schröder and Thomas Eichin are delighted with new signing Anthony Ujah (photo: WERDER.DE)

Nigerian international, striker Anthony Ujah, who scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga this season to virtually ensure Cologne’s survival in the top flight, has signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen.

The 24-year-old, who initially joined on loan in 2012 from Mainz 05 before making the move permanent a year later, asked for the transfer himself and passed a medical at Werder before signing his contract from next season.

“We’ve spent a lot of time watching him to build up a comprehensive picture. He’s a quick striker who is dangerous in front of goal and will continue develop with us,” said Werder sporting director Thomas Eichin.

“Anthony ticks all the boxes – he plays with a lot of passion and power, he’s very strong and strong in the air. We’re convinced that Anthony Ujah fits in with our style of play,” explained Rouven Schröder.

Ujah’s explosive speed, scoring ability and wild celebrations — at times with the club’s mascot which is a goat — made him a crowd favourite.

#AnthonyUjah began his career at Norwegian first division side Lilleström SK before moving to 1. FSV Mainz 05 in 2011. The Nigeria international has made 42 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz and 1. FC Cologne, as well as 62 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga. This season, the 24-year-old has scored ten goals and provided three assists for Köln.