Steve Bruce has travelled to watch Filip Djordevic this week … but he has not been in the best of form.
Radamel Falcao has not been in his best form recently. The Colombian striker, so used to smashing the ball in the back of the net, is going through a barren spell in front of goal for new club AS Monaco.
He burst out of the traps like a mustang and scored seven goals in his opening seven games for the club – but that soon dropped off as his overall performances also dipped.
He has scored just the two goals in his last seven games – with his last goal coming against Evian on the 8th of November.
Falcao is still the joint third top-scorer in Ligue 1 this season, and just behind him is Nantes striker Filip Djordevic.
The Serbian striker has been in great form for the impressive Nantes outfit this term – and also started the season with a bang.
He has scored nine goals in all competitions for Serbia and Nantes this season – the same amount as Falcao, so perhaps comparing the two makes sense.
But he has gone three games without a goal for the club and his performances have dipped as interest in his services ramps up from around the globe.
Teams in Portugal, Germany and Italy are said to be keen – while the interest from Marseille, Lille and Saint Etienne continues to rise.
But in the Premier League, despite a desire to one day play for Liverpool, it is Hull City who are taking the keenest interest in his potential services.
Steve Bruce went to watch him play against Valenciennes on Tuesday night – but would not have been impressed.
Djordevic missed a penalty in the game and was criticised afterwards by Nantes boss Michel Der Zakarian – when he made the not so flattering comparison with Falcao:
“If he is not good, he comes out like the others. Just because his name is Djordjevic does not mean he cannot be taken out. But he’s still a player capable of scoring goals … Last year it was the same. That’s all attackers. Falcao , it must be five or six games he has not scored even if he has not played the last two. When you are attacking, there are always times when we are least successful. Filip could have scored a penalty Tuesday. He missed. How! Anyway, to continue to play he needs to be more aggressive. “
Strong words from his boss – and Bruce will probably hope that Djordevic has his nose put out of whack by the comments if we are being honest.
Because there is of course one major difference – the price-tag of each player.
Falcao cost Monaco a massive €60 million while Djordevic is out of contract in the summer and likely to cost a tiny fraction of that cost.
And he might just be the final piece of the jigsaw if Hull City are to stay up this season.
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