In this series we highlight the biggest “misunderstandings” in the form of bad purchases by selected Austrian Bundesliga clubs in the last ten years. Which legionaries did not live up to the expectations placed in them? Who were the expensive flops?
We’re starting the series with a three-part series about Red Bull Salzburg, who have rarely really gone wrong in the recent past, but have still had to get over one or the other misunderstanding in the last ten years. Here’s the second part about the Red Bulls flops.
The Spanish central defender Chema Anton moved to Salzburg in the summer of 2011 and stayed for a year. The 185cm tall defensive man had previously played for the Betis Sevilla reserve team. For Salzburg, however, Chema only played seven games and seemed largely insecure and hardly an asset. After his time in Salzburg, Chema played for Újpest in Hungary, then for the Spanish clubs Conquense, Guijuelo and Eldense, before venturing on a little Finland adventure and switching to SJK Seinäjoki. After some of the non-association, Chema moved in the summer of 2018, then only 29 years old, in the Spanish phase of amateur football today to CD Monóvar, where he is still under contract.
The attacker Havard Nielsen came to Salzburg together with Valon Berisha in the summer of 2012. The cops transferred 2.8 million euros to Valerenga Oslo and Mann was originally pursuing a long-term plan with the 187cm tall striker. But in the end such a person only got together with Berisha and Nielsen was awarded for the first time in 1 ½ years. At Eintracht Braunschweig he was able to see his potential and thus left a fragrance brand in Germany. When Salzburg decided in autumn 2015 to let the Norwegian go, he quickly found what he was looking for in Germany. First it went to Freiburg, then to Fortuna Düsseldorf and on loan to Duisburg. Nielsen has been under contract with Greuther Fürth since summer 2019, where he played a major role in the promotion to the German Bundesliga with eleven goals this season.
Born in Berlin, Hany Mukhtar came on loan from the B-team at Benfica Lisbon in the summer of 2015 and has long been considered one of the talents of his age group. Only the convincing leap from youth to adult football never really made the Sudanese-born ten. The fine technician flopped completely in Salzburg, played only three times from the start in the Bundesliga and was substituted on ten times. A year later, Mukhtar’s Salzburg interlude was over and he joined the Danish club Brondby, where, however, became an absolute top performer. 28 goals and 36 assists in 134 games for the Danes speak for themselves. A move to the USA followed in January 2020: Nashville SC paid 2.7 million euros for the playmaker. In the current MLS season, Mukhtar has twelve hits and eight assists.
The Croatian Josip Radosevic also ended up at Brondby. He is moving from SSC Napoli to Salzburg in summer 2016 and you can see his great potential. The now 27-year-old looks like an asset to the six, but in the end they were still not fully satisfied after five goals in 28 games, which is why he moved to his home club Hajduk Split after just one year. Another year followed Radosevic’s Brondby change, where he became an absolute regular player and recently celebrated the Danish player championship. The Croatian was recently absent from the first leg of the Champions League playoff against Salzburg due to a corona virus disease – but in the second leg he was used for the full 90 minutes.
When the German worker Marc Rzatkowski was hired for two million euros from FC St.Pauli five years ago, a lot was expected. But even “Ratsche” only managed to score five goals and five assists in 27 games for the Red Bulls. Initially on loan and later fixed, Rzatkowski moved within the group to the New York Red Bulls, where he played 83 games and also fell short of expectations with five goals and nine assists. After being out of a club for nine months this year, Rzatkowski only joined FC Schalke 04 two weeks ago, where he is supposed to help in the squad width in particular. So far, the 31-year-old has only played in the regional league team of the “miners”.
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