Pole signs for Saints

Last updated : 29 January 2007 By Chris C
The official ES Troyes website has confirmed that Polish international striker Saganowski is to join Saints on loan. Typical of many of our recent loan deals, Saints have an option to buy Saganowski, for a reported 1m Euros.

Saints look set to have additional room on the wage bill for the Pole, with Prutton on the verge of a move after Saints gave him permission to talk to other clubs, including Notts Forest, although he may prefer to stay in the Championship with home town club Hull.

Saganowski arrives as something of an unknown despite a decent strike record in past seasons (see previous article at the bottom). As it is, he will strengthen George Burley's options in attack and provide competition for Jones and Wright-Phillips who have shone in patches for Saints, but have lacked Rasiak's consistency in front of goal.

Just shy of six foot, he is smaller than Rasiak, but is at least quicker and Burley will be hoping he can form a decent partnership with his fellow Pole. He will need to adapt quickly to the rough and tumble of the Championship and will be required to do more than his fair share of work alongside the Gary Lineker of the fizzy pop, our goal-scoring machine Gregorz!

While it is a welcome move that we are finally bringing in a striker, you do have to question why is has taken Saints so long to address a glaring deficiency in the side, even with Jones and Wright-Phillip's recent improvement.

If Rasiak were to suffer a serious injury Saints' promotion hopes would take a major dent and it is hoped that Saganowski can fill his not inconsiderable shoes, as well as provide a more consistent second striker to convert more of our opportunities.

Welcome to the club, Marek.