Astrit Ajdarevic signs on loan
That didn’t take long, the first Belgian arrives with a crate of Stella at the training ground this afternoon. Ajdarevic is a left footed midfielder signed on loan from Standard Liege for 6 months.
In fact Ajdarevic is anything but a Belgian. Born in Serbia he moved aged two to Sweden with his parents, a country that he has adopted and has represented at various levels. He started his career at Falkenbergs, who play in the top tier of Swedish football before getting a dream move to Liverpool.
He never got near the first team though and went on loan at first and then signed permanently in 2009 for Nigel Pearson at Leicester City. Now, this is where this move makes a little sense. Chris Powell was coaching and playing for Pearson at that time as was Michael Morrison, Yann Kermorgant and Dany N’Guessan.
Pearson departed to Hull and Ajdarevic went back to Sweden, initially playing for Örebro SK, and then to the much bigger Norrköping, where he was very successful and earned himself a 4-year contract at Standard Liege.
He appeared to do alright up until the turn of the year, but has played just twice in the past 12 months! According to a couple of Belgium football correspondents, Ajdarevic is in need of a big confidence lift. The same was said of Kermorgant and Morrison and Powell, who one really hopes sanctioned this move, could be just the man to do it.
Ha! My thoughts exactly when I read the news. The link-up can’t be coincidental, I wonder if he has been on Powell’s hit list for a while?
Anyway, is it too early to feel a little bit optimistic about all this?
I don’t know, certainly there is a lot of ground between being pessimistic last week to optimistic this. I am somewhere in the middle!