grzegorz rasiak - fact file

2005            forward

 

Born on 12th January 1979 in Szczecin, Poland.

Height : -  1.9 m (6' 3")

Weight : -  84 kgs (13st 3lb)


 

A target man was an essential requirement for Tottenham in the 2005 transfer window, having sold Fredi Kanoute and with the main target as a replacement - Dirk Kuyt - deciding to stay at Feyenoord.  That left Spurs looking around for an alternative, with Rasiak being snapped up near midnight on the final day for transfers to fill the gap.   Such was Tottenham's speed to move for him, he actually played two internationals for Poland before starting a game for Spurs.

Grzegorz' early career was spent at Olimpia Poznan, SKS13 Poznan and MSP Szamotuly, before his move to his first big club, Warta Poznan in 1996.  GKS Belchatow snapped him up and he played his first senior match for them.

The Polish international has a good scoring record for Derby County, who he joined a year ago, hitting 18 goals in 40 games in the Championship as Derby County made the play-offs.

Strong and a good finisher, Rasiak will be tested in the Premiership, with Spurs taking the chance to pit him against some of the best defenders in the country.  The ability to link up with Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane would have been key to his success and it was hoped that they would be able to play off him and that he would be able to get on the score-sheet himself.

The reality proved somewhat different, with his first touch not what was expected in the Premier League and his finishing not as clinical as would be required.  Things might have been so different had he been luckier in his first game against Liverpool.  He had a header hit the bar and another one from a corner disallowed, as the assistant referee ruled that the ball had gone out of play before coming back to Rasiak to score.

His nine appearances in the first team and even netting four times in five reserve team matches failed to convince and Jol decided quickly that he would not be the player for Tottenham, putting him out on loan to Southampton, who eventually signed him at the end of that season for the 2 million Spurs were thought to have shelled out for him in the first place.  At the New Dell he went on to have a very good first season as his team pushed for a return to the Premiership, scoring regularly at what might be the level he is best at.

Having fallen out of favour as management changed at the club, Rasiak moved to Watford on loan early in the 2008-09 season for the rest of the campaign, but although this move failed to be made permanent, he did sign for Reading for a season.  He failed to get a regular starting position in the side under manager Brian McDermott and left for Cyprus, on a free transfer, where he played for Limassol.  But contractual disagreements led to him leaving and returning to England, where he trained with Charlton Athletic and although eh played in some pre-season friendlies with them ,they did not offer him a deal, so he returned to Poland.

Back in his home country, Grzegorz signed for Jagiellonia Bialystok and spent a season there before moving on to Lechia Gdansk.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Warta Poznan (Poland) 1996 ?? ??  ?? ??
GKS Belchatow (Poland) 1999 ?? 27th February 1999 v Polonia Warsaw 48 9
Odra Woszislaw (Poland) 2000 ?? ??  32 11
Groclin Dyzkobolia (Poland) 2001 ?? ??  81 40
Sienna (Italy) 24th September 2004 ?? ??  ?? ??
Derby County July 2004 Free ??  45 19
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 31st August 2005 2,000,000 10th September 2005  v Liverpool (Premier League) (home)  drew 0-0 5 + 4 as a sub 0
Southampton February 2006 Loan ??  ?? ??
Southampton 2nd May 2006 2,000,000 ??  ?? ??
Bolton Wanderers January 2007 Loan ??  ?? ??
Watford 15th August 2008 Loan ??  ?? ??
Reading 27th August 2009 Undisclosed ??  ?? ??
AEL Limassol (Cyprus) 20th August 2010 Free ??  ?? ??
Jagillonia Bialystok (Poland) September 2011 ?? 3rd December 2011 v Posbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala (lost 0-2) ?? ??
Lechia Gdansk (Poland) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Derby County
41 League appearances; 18 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 1 goal
1 sub League Cup appearance; 0 goals
1 Other appearance; 0 goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
4 (+ 4 as a sub) League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; 0 goals
Southampton (loan)

12 (+ 1 as a sub) League appearances; 4 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Southampton
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Watford (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
 

Honours
Poland international
37 full caps;  6 goals  (as of 18.09.2008)
Debut : -  10th February 2002  v Faroe Islands (Limasol)
14 Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

 

What they said about Grzegorz Rasiak ...
Brendan Rogers (Watford Manager) ... on staying at Watford after his loan ...  21.03.2009 (Team Talk website)

"He is someone I have grown to like. He is a good guy and a good professional. I am open-minded and I have an idea of how I want to play and maybe at the beginning he didn't feature but everyone has seen his contribution.  He is a very good professional and has big qualities for this division and he is someone I would like to stay. I have had a chat with him about that and I would like him to stay but we have to look at it as a club. The club will do what they can do if the player wants to stay."

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