Daniel Bogdanovic - The Inside Line
Ahead of his possible debut for the Seasiders tomorrow, we asked BarnsleyFC.org.uk members what they thought of Daniel Bogdanovic.
The signing of the Maltese forward has been met with a mixed reaction by 'Pool fans, but everyone is hoping that he can re-create the form that he showed at Oakwell.
Let's see what the Tykes make of Ian Holloway's new signing:
Menai Tyke: 'I'm guessing that he's already said 'It's a dream to play for [insert club name here]'.'
Dr Zazlos: 'Not a team player. Very lazy but will score goals if given the service.'
Jay: 'Lazy, light weight, looks like a pub player for much of the time, doesn't contribute anything when the ball is outside the box, but the lad can score goals.
'He started 33 league games for Barnsley and scored 16 goals. That's a decent record at any level. He played a few games where we were under the cosh for 89 minutes, we'd go up field once, Bogdanovic would get a half chance, stick it away and we'd win the game. How much is a player like that worth to any side?
'What any manager has to decide is whether he can afford to have a player in the side who will do absolutely nothing for 3 or 4 games on the trot, contributing nothing to the team effort, but then scores in 4 games out of 5. Can you take the bad with the good. Tough decision and Bogdanovic will always split opinions.'
Barnsleyshaun: 'Bogdanovic WILL score you goals if he gets the chances - but the chances (or half chances) will have to be created for him - in a side that is playing good football and doing well.
'I think he will be a success, he is an excellent finisher - BUT as already stated he is lazy and will not go looking for the ball or get stuck in when games are not going in your favour. I think this is why he doesn't get a run in sides as well.'
Whitey: 'It depends how you like your players really. I wouldn't have thought he was an Ian Holloway player tbh, but maybe he knows how to get the best out of him.
'I have to say that along with Vicente going to Brighton, your capture of Bogdanovic really surprised me. I mean, this from the club that didn't want Marlon Harewood. Yes Bogdanovic had a decent goal ratio with us, but there was very very very little else there. Give me a Harewood any day.
'The Malteser was somewhat limited ability-wise. He was often played wide both here and at Sheffield United. That was when I realised just how limited the guy was. He's not clumsy or owt... he can pass, he can head etc, but it's too much like hard work for him tbh; he is the total opposite of a team player. Put it this way, I can't imagine Keith Southern or Ian Evatt being friends with him. He doesn't work. He lacks pace. He offers little at all outside the box. But, he is the sort of player you want in a 1 on 1 chance with the keeper. If the guy is given time and room in the box, he will hit the net more often than not. He and Kevin Phillips are probably similar in that respect; they're both predators, but I know who I would prefer.'
Football Agent X: 'Can be bone idle if things don't go his way, but on the other hand he can score goals when & if required. I wouldn't have thought he was an Ollie type of player though.'
MrsHallsToffeeRolls: 'Unusual for us in recent years to have bought a player that knows where the net is, but we did and hes a player that sniffs an opportunity and definately not a workhorse type of forward.'
Thank you to all the members of BarnsleyFC.org.uk who gave their views - much appreciated!