Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston delighted with capture of former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui



Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston insists Farid El Alagui will offer the Pars a much-needed aerial presence after signing the striker on a deal until January.

The experienced French-Moroccan has convinced Johnston that he is over the injury problems that have hampered him in recent seasons after impressing on trial.

At 6ft 1in tall, El Alagui’s stature is different to that of fellow forwards Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark and Michael Moffat and Johnston insists having the former Hibs, Falkirk and Dundee United marksman in the squad will allow the Pars to vary their approach to matches.

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Johnston said: “He brings something different to the team with his presence.

“We’ve got quite quick people with the likes of Nicky, Gav and Moff but Farid brings something totally different, especially sometimes when it’s hard to break teams down and they’re sitting in and around their own box.

“Sometimes you need to change the way you’re playing if they’re sitting deep, you maybe need a presence to win headers.

“He’s scored goals and he’s a handful if you’re putting balls into the box, which is the way we play.

“To be fair to Farid, he works hard as well, it’s not as if he just stands up there. When he’s fully fit he works defenders and is constantly on the move.”

Injuries, including a ruptured Achilles tendon, restricted E Alagui to only 21 appearances in two years at Easter Road but Johnston is hoping the 31-year-old can stay clear of the treatment room.

He added: “I’ve been impressed with his attitude. Even in the mornings, coming in, he’s been doing his prehab so he doesn’t get injured again.

“You can tell he’s a really good professional and he’s got a lot of experience.”