Earlier on, I was crucified for naming Jay Bothroyd as one of my ‘Top 5 players of the year’. My reason for picking him was that he went from footballing obscurity to England caps and recognition, not only in England but across Europe.
That has been proven now as the queue of clubs that were interested in the Cardiff striker has extended from the flurry of Premier League clubs across into Spain to include not only Malaga, but also Atletico Madrid to boot.
Atletico’s interest comes from having no backup to the all-star front two of Forlan and Aguero. Yes they have used former Arsenal men, Fran Merida and Jose Antonio Reyes up there but manager Quique Flores would much prefer to use them on the wing.
Meanwhile, despite not having the Star quality and European ambitions of the Capital City club, Malaga would certainly feel like a home from home for Bothroyd. Because of the relegation threatened clubs proximity to the Costa del Sol, Malaga have such a huge following from British ex-pats that they even have their own section of the La Rosaleda stadium and sign chants in English throughout the game.
Despite this, the 28-year old, who may well be available for around £2m due to his contract expiring in the summer, is still favoured to go to one of the several Premiership clubs interested in him. Everton, Fulham, Birmingham and Chelsea have all had a look at Bothroyd but the favourites are still West Ham United, as long as Bothroyd can get assurances over Avram Grant’s future.