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Marcondes signing a big coup says Parker

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Head coach Scott Parker has described as “a big coup” the signing of exciting frontman Emiliano Marcondes.

Free agent Marcondes this week became the first addition of the Parker era when he joined the Cherries after spending four years with Brentford.

The Cherries saw off competition from a host of clubs to secure the frontman’s signature, the Denmark under-21 international penning a three-year deal.

Marcondes played a starring role as Brentford clinched promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring and winning the man-of-the-match award in the Championship play-off final.

The 26-year-old also caught Parker’s eye when he came off the bench to deliver a stunning cameo as the Bees dented Fulham’s automatic promotion hopes in 2019/20.

Marcondes set up Said Benrahma’s 88th-minute opener before doubling the visitors’ lead with a composed finish as Brentford left Craven Cottage with the bragging rights (Marcondes pictured above celebrating).

And although the Cottagers went on to beat the Bees in the Championship play-off final, Marcondes certainly made a lasting impression on Parker.

Speaking at his first press conference, Parker said: “I’m really excited. Emiliano is a big signing for us and a very good signing. He was a free transfer and a lot of clubs were in for him.

“For us to get his signature has been a big coup and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s been a bit of a nemesis for me and the last time I was around him, he scored one and set one up.

“He’s got quality and no doubt the fans and the people here will see that this season.”

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