Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Josip Ilicic - by no means an established talent, but seemingly used to the circus!

Spurs were yesterday linked in the press with Slovenian playmaker Josip Ilicic, currently playing for Palermo in Italian Serie A - and today his agent described our interest as 'indisputable'.

Palermo seem to be gradually establishing themselves as a top-five force in Italy, and this season has seen the emerging prospect of Josip Ilicic light up their season. 

Ilicic is not an established talent, however. Far from it. After knocking around the Slovenian league until the age of 22, he arrived at Palermo in the summer for around £1.75m. And it's no coincidence that the move came days after he had scored against the Italian side in a Europa League qualifier.

Now, at 23, Ilicic has 24 career goals to his name, which is by no means prolific but this season he has really come into his own, scoring eight in 23 appearances so far and garnering the attentions of a supposed number of Premier League clubs.

Also of interest to Spurs fans, Palermo fans have penned an open letter to their president Mauricio Zamparini begging the he do everything in his power to stick with the club's current manager Delio Rossi, whose refreshing ideas and style have seen the team climb the league table rapidly.

President Zamparini has a reputation for falling out with managers and derailing Palermo whenever they seem settled.

"The coach is working well, the team is with him, the fans share and respect our ideas. The table and performances speak clearly. Why should we shoot ourselves in the foot." The fans pleaded with the club owner.

It's difficult not to draw comparisons with our own club and this Stratford saga that seems to be taking over our season.

At least Ilicic will be used to off-pitch distractions. On top of that, if he recreates the sort of audacious skill shown below in the Premier League, he'd probably be very welcome.

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