- Squad Number:21
- Date Of Birth:13th February 1992
- Signed On:25th January 2021
- Hearts Debut:26th January 2021
The Jambos beat off strong interest from the English Championship to sign the French-born Ivory Coast frontman on an 18-month deal in January 2021.
Armand made his debut on January 26th, coming off the bench to score twice in a 4-0 win away to Raith Rovers in the Championship.
28-year-old Armand has extensive experience of British football after spending the majority of the past eight-years playing in England, and was Blackpool’s top scorer for the last two seasons.
A towering 6ft 4” tall, Armand started his career with French side Le Havre before spending six-months at AS Poissy, also in France.
Capped at U20 level for Ivory Coast, he was also called up to their U23 side for the 2011 CAF African U23 Championships.
In January 2013 he made the move across the Channel to sign for Chesterfield. Following three years at The Spireites, including loan stints at Tranmere Rovers, Oxford United and Stevenage, Armand joined Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee in January 2016.
Six months later the forward would sign for Blackpool, where he helped The Seasiders to League Two Play-Off final glory over Exeter City in 2017, scoring a crucial goal in the semi-final victory against Luton Town.
Armand’s return of 14 then 18 goals saw him become Blackpool’s top scorer in all competitions in seasons 2018/19 and 2019/20.
A four-month spell in Turkey with Altay came to an end in December 2020, and now the big striker has joined Robbie’s side as the men in maroon continue their quest for league success.