Bizarre just about sums up the career of Savio Nsereko.
There have been many transfers made in the history of the Premier League. Some quality, some good, some average, some bad, some terrible and some Savio Nsereko. Yes, that is right – we have created our own category of measurement, the Nsereko. The Nsereko typically comes after ‘awful’; some might even say the worst you could possibly get.
How he managed to scheme his way into a West Ham jersey is beyond us.
Maybe he should write a book?
The year was 2009 and West Ham United had replaced Alan Curbishley with the inexperienced Gianfranco Zola, a man famed for his pirouettes and step-overs but not so much his midweek cone work and clipboard tactics. We know that now of course, years on after a stream of flopped appointment, but the poor Hammers were none the wiser.
What was his first port of call, you might ask? Establish a system which utilises the current stars? Offer improved contracts to consolidate the long-term futures of the club’s best players? Introduce youth into the side to promote future prosperity? Of course not, that is not the Zola way.
Instead, the former Chelsea whiz decided to sell record signing Craig Bellamy to Manchester City and replace him with Savio Nsereko, a man whose experience in the game was limited to 23 league appearances and three senior goals playing in the Serie B for Brescia.
After what was a relatively positive start to his career, fans were able to remove their fingers from their recently installed self implode buttons, douse their Zola effigies and sit back to watch a piece of scouting mastery unfold. But it never did.
Nsereko was a liability, and as time went on it became increasingly obvious that he would never be able to overcome his physical fragility. After just six months of battling it out with Carlton Cole and David Di Michele he was moved on to Fiorentina (as per The Guardian).
The word ‘nomadic’ springs to mind when following the career path of the German after he left West Ham. Periods in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Romania were broken up by one of the strangest stories we have come across.
In October 2012 the forward was arrested in Thailand after reportedly faking his own kidnap in order to extort ransom money from his own family (as per Metro). Classic.
Seven years and seven clubs later, he is without a job.
West Ham fans, what are your standout memories of the £9m (Guardian) man?