Gambia born striker Amadou Jawo could drop a division below in search of more playing time after finding it hard to break into Djurgarden’s starting eleven since joining from Allsvenskan rivals Elfsborg in 2013.
Swedish publication, Expressen, reported this week that Jawo, 31, could move on loan to Dalkurd FF, who will this season play in the Superettan (an equivalent of the Swedish second tier), thus linking up with his Gambian compatriot Omar ‘Jack’ Jagne.
The publication said Dalkurd has enquired about the availability of the striker on loan as they attempt to gain promotion to the top flight and Amadou’s lack of playing time at the Tele2 Arena, coupled with the strong financial muscles of Dalkurd, a deal is a real possibility. His former team, Gefle, who plays in the top flight is also said to be another team interested in his signature.
Djurgarden in the off-season acquired the services of strikers Mathias Ranegie and Michael Olunga, meaning the team now has six recognised centre forwards within its ranks and as a result, either Sebastian Andersson or Jawo would be forced to leave the club.
“It’s a tough situation. We have many strikers and in the system that we play now it’s hard for me to play anywhere other than in attack. In Elfsborg we played a little bit different, and then there were other positions that I could also play in,” Jawo told Expressen in an interview this week.
“We’ll see what happens. I have not discussed with either the coach [Pelle Olsson] or sporting director [Bosse Andersson] but if something shows up we’ll see what happens then.”
Dalkurd recently shocked Swedish football when they made two high profile signings in the close season by acquiring the services of seasoned campaigners Dusan Djuric and Tom Soderberg for the coming season, and, Jawo’s exorbitant salary wouldn’t be a problem to meet.
“We will sign a striker and we have check on different options. Who they are, I have no comment. We never close any doors,” Dalkurd’s Sporting Director Adil Kizil told Expressen when asked about the prospect of signing Jawo.
“It is clear that clubs have inquired [about Amadou Jawo]. We know that we have good strikers in the squad. Which clubs are they, this is something I will not comment on but by March 31 [when the transfer window would’ve closed] we will have the answer,” Djurgarden’s Sporting Director Bosse Andersson said.
Amadou Jawo was one of the biggest prospects in Swedish football but his career stalled after a serious injury just after signing a big money move to Elfsborg in the winter of 2009. His lack of playing time forced him to a temporal move to Djurgaden in 2013 and after a strong season he was signed to a five-year lucrative contract.
The striker has never played for Sweden at any level and even though he was courted by subsequent Gambian football authorities, he has so far shunned every opportunity to represent the Scorpions at international level. His brother Omar Jawo was capped several times by The Gambia.