West Ham United F.C. have completed the signing of striker Luka Belic from OFK Beograd on a one-year deal with an option for further year, subject to international clearance.
The Serbia Under-19 international, the youngest player ever to feature in the Serbian SuperLiga, will go straight into the Hammers’ development squad.
“It’s a dream come true for me and I’m looking forward to playing games and scoring a lot of goals. “I’m already loving it here,” Belic told the club’s official website.
“I’m going to go step by step, work hard and play well for the U21s. I’m looking forward, firstly, to playing for the U21s and then, hopefully, my dream is to one day play for the first team.
“I think it’s going to be great here at West Ham. They’re going to help me a lot and I plan to help the team a lot too.
“My job is to score goals and hopefully, one day, when I play for the first team I will score goals. That’s the thing that I like the most and that’s what the fans can expect.”
Adebayor will get another chance
Clubs in England’s top-flight and the Middle East will be willing to roll the dice on forward Emmanuel Adebayor following his release from Tottenham Hotspur, says The Sun‘s Charlie Wyett.
Wyett has likened Adebayor to Mario Balotelli, who was given another chance by former club AC Milan this summer, and believes a gamble on the former Togo forward will inevitably lead to the player being benched by his next manager.
Unfortunately, Wyett is probably spot on.
“Someone will give him another chance, because they always do,” Wyett said.
“Managers always think they can get the best out of players with a history, like Brendan Rodgers’ desperate decision to bring Mario Balotelli to Anfield.
“There will be another manager, maybe in this country, who is desperate and feels Adebayor may be worth a gamble.
“He’ll walk into another team in the Premier League or the Middle East and, after some great performances and spectacular goals, he’ll be back on the bench frustrated and angry with his coach. That is the cycle.”
Wyett added: “Clearly Pochettino wanted him out and Spurs had to get him out of the club.
“He is such an infuriating player. We’ve seen it so many times with Adebayor, under a new manager or at a new club he looks great – everything you would want a top striker to be.
“But, as we know, talent is one thing and mental strength is another.”
Adebayor, 31, tallied two goals and one assist in 13 English Premier League appearances for Spurs last season.