Remember when Milan Baros scored a hat-trick back in 2004 against Crystal Palace? He was on the back of top-scoring at Euro 2004 and was basically on the path to greatness.
He won a Champions League that season, but in truth, never fulfilled his potential. At one point, we thought he’d develop into a truly elite striker.
But perhaps Patrik Schick, a 21-year-old Czech forward currently plying his trade for Sampdoria, can reach the levels Baros threatened to.
According to sources at ESPN, Liverpool have been heavily scouting Schick, who has a £21m buy-out clause (not massive money for strikers in today’s climate).
Schik’s been a substitute for the Italians this year, but has still notched eight goals in just six starts in Serie A, notching two more in the Coppa Italia.
He’s strong in the air and can hold the ball up, offering a big threat from set-pieces. However, Liverpool have had strikers like this in the recent pass (Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Andy Carroll) and they just haven’t worked out.
For £21m, we can do better than the striker dubbed ‘The next Baros’.