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.