It is no secret that Nikola Zigic has remained a prominent figure for Birmingham City in previous years, with key highlights being the goal to put the Blues in front against Arsenal in the League Cup, scoring against Aston Villa in a heated Midlands derby during the run up to the cup, plus four goals scored against Leeds United a couple of seasons ago and a goal against Bolton Wanders to help the struggling escape relegation.
Without question, the 6,8” Serb scores important goals. However, he has always received mixed reactions from fans and critics due to his tendency to lack proper consistency in regards to the quality of his performances. One of the most notable examples of this being the banishment punishment he suffered from the squad under Lee Clark after what Clark later said to be the worst attitude towards a training session he has ever seen from a professional footballer.
Zigic has been the result of many heated discussions and divided opinions amongst fans and has proven to be a controversial figure. One of the things that proved to be a thorn in the blues side for a long period of time was the fact that the club had to pay his extortionate wages in excess of £60,000 a week.
This caused uproar as currently, and at the time the club had no funds what so ever to work with and was merely trying its best to stay afloat. According to reports, currently all players have a wage cap of around £5000 a week; you can understand why this would anger people…
Once Zigic’s four year, yearly wage increasing contract expired the club tried its best to settle on a new deal, on much, much lower terms – an agreement could not be made and so the big Serb parted company with the club in the summer.
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However, it has since been reported that Zigic has been training with the blues under the watchful eyes of new boss Gary Rowett and is suspected to have or to hold talks over fresh terms with the club in due course but the question is, is he what we need?
Nearly in his mid 30’s, how much does he really have to offer?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Ziggy and appreciative of the key goals he has scored for us over the course of his four year tenure with the club but I just think if we were to consider resigning him – it would have to be on around the same wage as what the other players are on, which is drastically below what he was earning previously, and also if the new arrangement was beneficial to Rowett’s plans for the future.
Whatever I or anyone else thinks, at the end of the day it is Rowett’s decision – if he believes he can help take us forward then I’m all for it, just so long as he doesn’t bleed the club dry like he was doing before the end. To be fair to the giant striker, it was out of his hands and couldn’t really be to blame, a contract was offered to him when the club were thriving financially and obviously, it was in his best interests to sign.
No one at the club at the time could foresee what was to come – in hindsight it was a very naive move by blues as the contract had no relegation clause but instead increased his wages more and more every year he severed as a blue.
If we are considering to resign the big man we ought to act fast as other clubs may look to snap him up first, the ultimate question still stands, is he really the answer?