Banner image

Johnson on Pisano capture

Lee Johnson has rolled back the years with the free transfer capture of Eros Pisano.

The City head coach likens him to a fans’ favourite of the past, 2007 promotion winner Bradley Orr, citing his physicality and leadership as key strengths.

Pisano, 30, has agreed a two-year deal at Ashton Gate to join on July 1st and Johnson believes he represents one of the best free agents around.

The City boss told bcfc.co.uk: “Eros is strong physically; 6ft 1in tall and will add goals to us as well.

“It's great to have a big full back. His style is aggressive but he's also very athletic. He's competent on the ball, using it well and gets up and down the right side.

“He’s his own man, but he's similar in style to Bradley Orr. The personality he brings is important and he's been a captain at every club he's played for.

“Eros brings with him a winning mentality, having just won promotion with Verona. He's a tough cookie and that's what we’re after in that position; resilience and strength to go along with the good young players – Zak Vyner and Taylor Moore – already competing in that place.”

 

“He’s his own man, but he's similar in style to Bradley Orr (pictured). The personality he brings is important and he's been a captain at every club he's played for."

Head coach Lee Johnson

Pisano’s career to date has been spent exclusively in his homeland and he admits his English language needs plenty of improvement.

Fortunately, the defender’s American wife speaks English and he will also have new team-mates Hordur Magnusson and Milan Djuric to assist, given they have both made similar switches from Serie B to Ashton Gate in the past 12 months.

“It’ll be a challenge, learning a new culture and language, but we’ll help him,” Johnson added.

“His wife is American, so is English speaking, and his four-year-old daughter will also be coming across to the schools to integrate.

“Ultimately football is a universal language and if you're a good footballer then everything will come to the fore.

“We've shown him a lot of English football because it is different to Serie B, where he has been playing his football recently. His statistics stack up and we believe he will be able to transfer his qualities into the Championship, just like Hordur Magnusson was able to last season.

“As far as free transfers go, I don't think you'll get many better.”

Related News

Italian defender Pisano signs for City

Italian defender Pisano signs for City

Posted: Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Video: Eros Pisano - The First Interview

Video: Eros Pisano - The First Interview

Posted: Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Eros Pisano factfile - all you need to know

Eros Pisano factfile - all you need to know

Posted: Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Pisano relishing English opportunity

Pisano relishing English opportunity

Posted: Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Latest News

Highlights: Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City

Highlights: Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City

Posted: Sunday, July 12th 2020

‘All in all a fantastic afternoon’ – Holden

‘All in all a fantastic afternoon’ – Holden

Posted: Saturday, July 11th 2020

At the double - Wells reflects on Riverside result

At the double - Wells reflects on Riverside result

Posted: Saturday, July 11th 2020

Numbers game: Middlesbrough (A)

Numbers game: Middlesbrough (A)

Posted: Saturday, July 11th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Gallagher Premiership restart fixtures announced
Rugby icon

Gallagher Premiership restart fixtures announced

Bristol Bears will resume their Gallagher Premiership campaign versus Saracens on Saturday, August 15th with rounds 14-17 now confirmed.

Posted: Friday, July 10th 2020 • Rugby

Break the Cycle 2020 campaign raises £15k
Community icon

Break the Cycle 2020 campaign raises £15k

More than 250 riders have saddled up over the past six weeks to support Break the Cycle 2020 and raise more than £15,000 for Bristol Bears Community Foundation.

Posted: Friday, July 10th 2020 • Community

Pat Lam unveils new Bears coaching team
Rugby icon

Pat Lam unveils new Bears coaching team

Bristol Bears have confirmed their coaching team ahead of the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign in August.

Posted: Friday, July 10th 2020 • Rugby

Bears trio become Wooden Spoon ambassadors
Rugby icon

Bears trio become Wooden Spoon ambassadors

Wooden Spoon Bristol and Bath, a regional branch of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, today announce the support of three Bristol Bears players.

Posted: Thursday, July 9th 2020 • Rugby

Tainton hails 'world class' training facility
Rugby icon

Tainton hails 'world class' training facility

Mark Tainton says everyone involved at Bristol Bears has been 'blown away' by the club's new training facility on Failand, which opened for business last week (Monday, July 6th).

Posted: Thursday, July 9th 2020 • Rugby