Nikola Zigic was perhaps the most wanted man during the January transfer window of 2006. However the giant striker has recently been axed by Birmingham City and you just wonder what happened to a career that had so much promise?
Let’s rewind to the January transfer window in 2006, seven years ago when one man was the talk of the tape for nearly all the Premier League's biggest movers-and-shakers. Arsenal reportedly got in touch with his club that month to talk about a potential £10 million move while Liverpool were also interested in his services. Chelsea were also recorded with an interest as were West Ham.
The interest was not just from the Premier League. French side Marseille had a bid rejected and AC Milan and Fiorentina were also credited with an interest. To put it succinctly he was potentially Europe’s most wanted unknown quantity at the time.
Nobody could blame the interest in such a player. He had scored 71 goals in his 110 appearances for his current club was a full international for his country, possessed a fearsome shot and had aerial ability in the form of a 6ft 8in frame.
The man in question was Nikola Zigic. Yes the Nikola Zigic of Birmingham City and oh how times have changed. What happened after January 2006 was simple; teams actually sent scouts to watch him and it soon became apparent that for all his qualities his lack of pace and fitness would prove to detrimental for him to become a success at the highest level.
At the 2006 World Cup he started one game for Serbia and scored but his performance was still languid and lazy and by now many had already crossed him off their wish-list; apart from the La Liga side Racing Santander.
In fairness he performed excellently at the club during his two stints at the team that sandwiched an unhappy time at Valencia; a move that cost an astonishing £20 million.
Birmingham snapped him up for £6 million in 2010 and has since gone on to score 26 goals in his 99 appearances for the side; including a famous one in the League Cup final with Arsenal. Now with the club in deep trouble financially they have been desperately seeking a way to remove Zigic from their wage bill to no avail.
The story took another twist recently after Lee Clark axed him from the side that was due to face Watford at the weekend after the Geordie described his performance in training on Thursday as the worst he has ever seen since turning professional at 16.
He has since reportedly trained well and been recalled to the side which could prove a wonderful piece of motivational man-management by Clark himself but on the face of it seems his career at St Andrews is hurtling toward an end.
Proof to the saying that the bigger they are the harder they fall.
What do you make of the career of the ‘Serbian Giant’ Nikola Zigic?
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