New England Revolution Chasing Striker Rajko Lekic, But It’s A Complicated Situation

Posted In News - By Kevin McCauley On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 With 1 Comment

If you’ve looked at the New England Revolution’s roster lately, it’s apparent that they’re in need of a striker. This weekend, against the Los Angeles Galaxy, they started Zach Schilawski alone up top, with Shalrie Joseph as a supporting midfielder and two attacking wingers, Marco Perovic and Zak Boggs. Though New England found an early goal, they were largely ineffective. Schilawksi is a good young player, but one who almost certainly plays his best football with a bigger strike partner. Enter Rajko Lekic.

Lekic is a one time Danish international who has put up some impressive scoring numbers in the Danish Superliga. At 29 years old, he’s not over the hill yet. He’s 6’2″, supposedly fairly athletic for his size, and his scoring record is great. Basically, he’s exactly what the New England Revolution need. This is probably why Steve Nicol has been pursuing him heavily for quite some time. Lekic is currently visiting the Revs while European club teams are on international break, but his club Silkeborg aren’t so keen to let him leave.

Silkeborg are not a team considered to be a European challenger or a relegation contender in Denmark, but they could reach the latter status soon if they don’t hold on to their players. Already departed is big central defender Jim Larsen, who is moving on up to the East Side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky, in Tromso, Norway. He’ll now be playing his football at perennial contender for a UEFA Champions League group stage berth, Rosenborg.

Apparently, Steve Nicol thought the deal for Lekic was all but done, but his transfer is now very much up in the air. Silkeborg want some decent money for their star, and they prefer not to sell him until at least August. At this point, Silkeborg would seriously struggle to find a replacement for Lekic in a reasonable amount of time as Denmark’s transfer window has closed.

Lekic’s contract is up in the winter, but that doesn’t mean Silkeborg should let him go for nothing right now. This all makes sense from Silkeborg’s point of view, because there’s no reason they should let a quality player who is under contract walk away easily, but it’s got to be very frustrating for Steve Nicol.

About Kevin McCauley - Kevin McCauley is the Editor in Chief of The Allocation Order. He is also the world football editor at SBNation Soccer.

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