Friday, 2 November 2012


Who is he? Where does he play?

Kramaric is a 21 year old Croatian striker playing for Dinamo Zagreb. Well, he's on the books at Zagreb, but currently out on loan at Kylie Minogue's favourite Croatian club, Lokomotiva. 

Not fancied by Zagreb then?

You may think so, but after breaking into the Zagreb first team in 2009, a goal return of 15 goals in 30 games hasn't been too shabby. Kramaric has won two Croatian first team titles (and a Croatian cup) in that time and as Zagreb fight for success in the Champions League, it could be a case of too much too soon for the youngster, so he's been given a shot across the capital at Lokomotiva, where he has a decent record of 9 goals in seven games.

Another Croatian prospect?

The Vatreni have yielded a good crop in recent years with the likes of Josip Radosevic, Mateo Kovacic and Marko Livaja all breaking into the senior national squad before their 20th birthday and Kramaric looks set to follow them as the new Igor Stimac era burns bight after the departure of Slaven Bilic. It is only a matter of time before the striker dons that luscious red and white squared number as he has been capped at every level under senior, hitting 20 goals in the process.

Likes a goal then does he?

He doesn't exactly require a map to find his way to goal if that's what you're implying. He's Dinamo Zagreb's most potent youth striker in the club's history as he hit over 450 goals. Yes, 450 goals in a football-upbringing similar to Lionel Messi's where he joined the club aged 6 and had every other child screaming "that's not fair" as Kramaric waltzed his way to the net whenever he fancied another goal.

Anybody after him?

Yes, West Ham, we think, as Sam Allardyce's scouts have seemingly been sent east with the remit of landing yet another striker. Likes a good striker does Allardyce with Madibo Maiga, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and (somewhere in the basement) Frederic Piquionne lurking on the books. Big Sam just can't get enough and a link has formed for Kramaric with Hammers scouts impressed by his potential. 

Player Value: £500,000 - £100,000

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