Savio the saviour?

More and more reports on the net says that West Ham has their replacement for Bellamy ready. And he is ten years younger! Savio Nsereko was voted player of the tournament this summer, when Germany won the Under 19-European championship. A tournament which also included James Tomkins and Freddie Sears in the England team, and Balint Bajner in the Hungarian. Well, even if our boys did well, Nsereko was the most successful one.
It was Nani who brought the Uganda-born player from the German club 1860 Munich to (our director's former club) Brescia when he was just 15 years. (Nani seems to continue with bringing in really young players, like he did with Filip Modelski, also 15 from Poland to West Ham last year.)

And Nsereko did well right away with Brescia. He can play in most positions, started as a striker, scored 7 goals last year, but nowadays play mostly on the left wing (3 goals this year for the SerieB side). A place where West Ham is a little bit stranded at the moment, so it is plausible that he will play a couple of games this year. Or at least make the bench. Even if it still may be early days for him. Other reports says that Nsereko will stay with Brescia until summer.

Looking at his hight (1.76) and age (born 1989) it may well look as he will compete places with Freddie Sears (1.70/1989) or Zavon Hines (1.78/1989) but even if they all are in the same mould, I guess they all can be starters in a couple of years. At least as long as we have Carlton Cole! And as long as Sears feel that he have an opportunity here.

Brescia has lately been a kind of "feeding club" to Napoli. And look how well they are doing now, with very young talent, and former Brescia players in their team. Like Hamsik. So maybe Nani thought that Brescia could share a couple of their youngsters to West Ham as well? There has been incongruous suggestions that Napoli is there to pick this player as well. Hm. At least Nserekos agent was seen at Upton Park last Saturday.

Nsereko is fast, very fast, with very good technics and even if right-footed he can score and shoot with both feet. And shoots a lot (look HERE!). Hopefully, but not certain, he can cope with the physical side of the British game as well.

So how costly was this player to buy then? The reports differs but it may well be a transfer record. At least it seems to be for Nani in is new role.

I doubt it will be 10 millions right away, as some suggest, others report the sum of 7 millions - anyway this is not a cheap buy. And it may be a gamble. But I think we should trust Nani and Zola in this one (too). I mean it's their money after all, after selling Bellamy with such a good profit. And some rumours suggest that Nsereko may be an even better prospect than Hamsik. Well, if so... I certainly don't mind.

Mirror (but they have been terribly wrong earlier, haven't they?) thinks that Nsereko will be presented in claret & blue right after the game in Hartlepool.

Still no news on http://www.bresciaonline.it/bresciacalcio/ I hope we don't get disappointed or "robbed" once more. More to follow.

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