Which former Liverpool striker is heading home?

Milan Baros

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Portsmouth striker Milan Baros appears to be on his way back to Banik Ostrava in his native Czech Republic after negotiating a release from his contract with Galatasaray. We take a look at his eventful career so far.

Firstly I am sorry to disappoint you guys but Robbie Fowler is not returning to the club again. Even at the ripe old age of 37-years-old I am sure the Liverpool faithful would have welcomed ‘God’ back to Anfield. Another apology is now in store for Chelsea fans as unfortunately for now it does not appear that Fernando Torres is on his way back to Madrid right now.

No the player in question is also an ex-Aston Villa striker. Sorry Leicester City fans for whatever reaction you just had to the idea that Emile Heskey might be heading back to the Walkers, King Power, King Walkers or whatever-you-guys-call-it-these-days stadium.

No in fact it is Milan Baros who looks all but set to finish his career back at his first club, Banik Ostrava.

Liverpool signed the talented striker in 2002 and back then he was the talk of the tape. He was part of the Czech Republic side that had just won the European Under-21 Championships by beating France in the final. That team contained some true talents including Zdenek Grygera, Tomas Hubschman and the eventual player of the tournament Petr Cech who earned a move to French club Rennes off the back of his tournament heroics.

His career in England was enigmatic. While he failed to produce consistent form whilst at Liverpool, Aston Villa or Portsmouth he was still considered hot property due mainly to his excellent performances for the Czech national team. In 2004 he was part of the Euro 2004 All-Star Team and also finished the competition as top scorer as a highly fancied Czech side lost out to Greece in the semi-finals.

Since those awkward days in England he has forged out a very good living in Turkey with Galatasaray. Revered by the fans he was the league top scorer in 2009 and scored 63 appearances in 116 games overall in his career.

But his injury turmoil has taken its toll and Gala could no longer rely on him; indeed he has not even played this season.

The club have agreed to the mutual termination of his contract so that the 31-year-old can find first-team football elsewhere and it appears that Banik is the only location under consideration from the striker; indeed it was the Czech outfit who first released news of the contract termination on Wednesday.

Sure some Premier League or Championship outfits may have been tempted to give him a chance and maybe even the lure of China, MLS or Australia but for the moment it seems there is no place like home for Milan Baros.

What are your memories of the striker? Good and bad.

images: © Piotr Drabik, © ptllhrs

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