Sometimes we have the displeasure of watching truly abysmal talents desecrate our beloved teams, and Grzegorz Rasiak was one such misfortune for Tottenham Hotspur fans.
“Rasiak is a tall target man, a hardworking, honest player with a good goal scoring record,” Martin Jol said (as per the club’s official website) in 2005. “He scored 45 goals in 103 games. He is a regular in the Polish international side which leads qualifying Group 6 just above England and he scored two against Israel in their recent 3-2 victory.”
Ah, Martin. What a calamitous misjudgement this was. Yes, Rasiak had been fairly decent with Derby County in the Championship but why on earth would that then mean he can become a good Premier League striker? Remember, this the team that would accumulate the lowest points tally in top flight history (11) just two years later. They were genuinely tripe.
Although he was touted as an aerial threat by Martin Jol when he joined, Rasiak seemed permanently stuck to the ground, maybe he was afraid of heights? His size and physical stature were not exactly conducive to speed and manoeuvrability, either. Which meant Spurs were essentially stuck with Big Ben up top, and their only hope of scoring via the Poland international was to boot it at him and pray they caught him at the correct angle (needless to say, this did not work).
The fact that signing the Poland star could have been easily avoided had Jol not been so impulsive on transfer deadline day makes the whole ordeal so much worse. Indeed, a matter of hours was the difference between safety and fans burning out their eyes with the toxic fumes created by the metaphorical brown mess Rasiak left in his wake.
Indeed, when we reflect on his admittedly pathetic eight Premier League appearances in a Spurs shirt, it becomes abundantly clear why Rasiak is the default answer for most people constructing a “worst ever Spurs XI” list.
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