Saints make their move in transfer market

Last updated : 24 January 2007 By Chris C
Given fellow Pole Rasiak's red hot form for Saints, you can understand how Burley might be interested in another Polish international striker. Saganowski fits much of the Burley signing formula:

- Link with former club: Burley tried to sign him at Hearts (think Bialkowski)
- Eastern European with experience and plenty of potential therefore good value (think Skacel)
- Former goal machine struggling in foreign league (think Rasiak)
- Try before you buy (think Licka)

On the face of it, Saganowski is hardly a household name for most Saints fans outside of our Polish community. When you research a little more, his stats do make for some good reading. In recent seasons, he has a decent record:

2003-4 for Legia Varsovie (Poland) - 17 goals in 24 games
2004-5 for Legia Varsovie - 14 goals in 26 games
2005-6 Vitoria Guimaraes (Portugal) - 12 goals in 32 games

Moreover, the footage shows that he is good in the air and has a powerful right foot. On paper he has the makings of a decent partnership with Rasiak, but it is a big ask to expect him to adjust to the hurly burly of the Championship instantly.

We're still not sure if he will even pass his trial having been recently rejected by Premiership basement boys Watford. Let's not forget that former Polish goal machine Tomasz Frankowski joined Wolves with a fantastic goal record for £1.4m and has yet to score a year on.

The hope among the fans and indeed most of the rumours have been about raiding the Premiership for talented squad players, with the exciting names of Hendrie, Harewood and Carlton Cole mentioned as possible moves.

Players with experience of the English game and a proven track record. The kind of players that can make an instant impact and add the extra 10% to convert those too frequent draws to wins that make for automatic promotion.

As it is, we just have to hope that Saganowski comes through the trial OK and can make the kind of instant impact that a certain Latvian by the name of Marian Pahars once made. Now that would be good business.