Arsenal, Stoke City and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for Lazio forward Mauro Zarate in the past week after his agent mentioned he was searching for a move. We take a look back at his previous Premier League stint and wonder whether he really could be coming back for a sequel in 2013.
Currently languishing at Lazio Mauro Zarate has now been linked with a move back to the Premier League. For those who don’t remember the name the Argentine forward arrived at Birmingham City on loan from Qatari side Al Sadd in 2008. During his time in England he earned cult status during an ill-fated fight against relegation. He still brought us a great nickname and moments like this; the ‘Zarate Kid’ scoring a free-kick equaliser against Everton…
His agent has spoken up the opportunity of a transfer in January, and you would hope that he has considering that is his job:
"Mauro would like to have a new chance at Lazio but unfortunately he is not loved and so it makes no sense to continue in this situation, Zarate has many admirers in England and there are three Premier League clubs which have asked about him: they are Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke City. I believe that Lazio want to sell him at all and I think this is a feasible deal in January."
In his time away from Birmingham he has been in Rome with Lazio but also had a spell out at Internazionale and neither experience have been overwhelming for the player. He had a decent start to his career at the Stadio Olimpico but since then he has failed to break in to the Argentine national team during his stint in Serie A.
He is reportedly harbouring fond memories of his time in England where he was revered by many a fan and pundit alike so the name dropping of English names is no surprise. Whether the clubs mentioned have actually made any contact will remain debateable until the end of January.
But what was said about Zarate during his last spell in England?
Dubbed Birmingham’s saviour after seeing away Manchester City 3-1 at St Andrews in March 2008 his talents were quickly praised:
‘’Mauro Zarate could become Birmingham City's Carlos Tevez and spearhead a late climb away from the relegation zone’’ - Was one headline of the time. In all he scored four in 14 apperances, even if they were narrowly unsuccessful in avoiding the drop.
High esteem and when The Blues were relegated Alex McLeish lauded his spirit and his heart as he clearly put everything into trying to keep City in the Premier League that season.
He was certainly a passionate footballer and while the rumours at the moment seem to be just an agent drumming up interest in one of his clients I hope that we get to see The Zarate Kid: Part II in the Premier League this season.
What are your memories of Mauro Zarate and would you like to see him back in the Premier League?
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