Skacel wants out

Last updated : 07 January 2009 By Chris C
Rudi Skacel's career at Saints has been a tale of being unable to meet the huge expectation placed on his shoulders when he finally arrived at the club. Unfit and without a pre-season he was plunged into the starting line-up and has only shown glimpses of the free-scoring talent that got Saints fans so excited.

His has been a stop-start career with further injuries, loss of form and some curious managerial decisions preventing him from having a consistent run in the side.

This summer saw him linked with a move to Ipswich with the club desperate to move on the high earners. A move never materialised with Ipswich thought to be unwilling to match his high wages. This left Skacel kept out in the cold in the reserves, told that if he didn't move, he wouldn't play.

Despite being treated with a lack of respect, he eventually found his way back into an unperforming team allowing Surman to move into his preferred midfield position and to add vital experience to a very naive defence.

Ironically, he has enjoyed his most consistent run in the Saints side with 16 consecutive appearances, but with the transfer window re-opening is keen on a move. The club's signing of left back Lee Molyneux is certainly an indication that the club is equally keen to move him on, particularly with Saganowski's high wages back on the books.

"We will see what happens. If there is an offer, then I would like to experience something new. If there is any interesting option for me, then I will go."

He also chose to criticise the over-emphasis on youngsters that is the root cause of our battle with relegation this season.

"There is plenty of talented and skilful lads in the team but if nine are picked into the starting line-up then that's too many. Suddenly they wanted me to play, so I have been playing. It is clear that we have a big task ahead of us as it will be a fight until the last round."

Hard to argue with that and despite his harsh treatment, he has been a consistent performer in the side, even with the lack of cover that Poortvliet's 4-2-1-2-1 allows the full-backs.

It's just a shame that he's never had a consistent run on the left wing to add his experience to the other underperforming area of the side, the attack. Maybe then we might have seen the free-scoring midfielder we thought we had signed originally.

If a move doesn't materialise, then maybe we finally just might.