Everyone has enjoyed the approach that Ian Holloway and his Blackpool side have taken to Premier League football, it is certainly exciting for the neutral, their games provide many goals sadly on some occasions most of them are being shipped by the Seaside team.
Should they survive the relegation battle that they are currently embroiled in, they are looking at players to improve their frail defense. According to reports today, they are ready to compete with Newcastle United and Italian side Palermo for the the signature of Czech giant Roman Hubnik.
Hubnik began his playing career in the Czech Republic coming through the ranks at Sigma Olomouc, he first played for them in 2002 and remained at the club for 5 years. In 2007 he moved to the now defunct FC Moscow, however in the 2 years he spent there he was sent out on loan, firstly too Sparta Prague, and then Hertha Berlin.
The deal sending him to Berlin included a clause that would allow the player to move to the club on a permanent basis should he impress during his time there. This option was taken up and Hubnik has been a good performer for the Berlin side this season.
Hertha Berlin are currently playing in the second tier of German football and even if the club get promoted back to the Bundesliga it seems unlikely that the player will stay now that he is attracting interest from bigger clubs. At over 6’3 the player is a dominating and imposing central defender, imperious in the air and very strong he is an extremely talented physical player. Whilst he may not be too confident with the ball in and around his feet, his presence makes up for any deficiency in his game.
The race to sign the player is competitive, with the 2 Premiership sides going head to head with Palermo from Italy. Newcastle already have a number of centrebacks but they will look to improve the quality of their squad as it appears they will be comfortably still in the top flight next season.
Blackpool do obviously need to improve their defense, but whether they can compete with Newcastle for the Czech international I highly doubt. I am not sure they have the money or the ambition to compete with the Tyneside team. Palermo could be another interesting option should the giant defender prefer Italy over England, however again whether they can compete financially with Newcastle remains to be seen.
Should bids be tabled this Summer, the player could have a big decision on his hands. I reckon Hubnik could be an asset to either of the Premiership clubs, however I can only see Newcastle realistically picking up the tall defender.
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