Don’t know very much about Doncaster Rovers new signing Abdul Razak? Well, you’re not on your own. I’ve done some research and trawled through google to see what i could find on the Rovers newest recruit.
Born 11 November 1992 the 22 year old midfielder is an Ivory Coast international (well, not for a while and he did not make the squad for the AFCON tournament currently in progress but he has 5 caps nonetheless).
Having been a youth at Crystal Palace he joined Man City in 2011, making a promising start with a handful of premier league appearances. However he spent some time out on loan, latterly with Charlton where he couldn’t break into the first team and ultimately had his loan ended early.
A spell in Russia with Anzhi again only yielded 7 appearances before returning to England with West Ham. Things didn’t work out in London and he failed to make an appearance. Another handful of games followed in Crete before Razak signed for the Rovers.
For someone who promised so much he has hardly set the world on fire (of course not, he wouldn’t have signed for Doncaster Rovers otherwise) but more worryingly, he has hardly played and at 22 he is running out of time to fulfil the potential he initially showed. He is strong, mobile and has a great range of pass with the vision to match. He could prove a useful foil alongside a more advanced Ritchie Wellens, but there are still more questions than answers against the player.
Such a promising but stuttering career is something of a conundrum. When asking why, my cynical mind wonders about things like attitude and off field issues? A view which is not reduced by reports of him being sent home for fighting with team mates while on International duty in 2013. Given the Man City connection, surely Dickov has done his homework and must feel he can handle any issues Razak brings with him? Time will tell, but it appears as though the current short term deal will suit both parties well.
His record is below as well as a youtube clip of him playing while on loan at Brighton here.
|2011||→ Portsmouth (loan)||3||(0)|
|2012||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||6||(0)|
|2012||→ Charlton Athletic (loan)||2||(0)|
|2014||West Ham United||0||(0)|
Doncaster Rovers Abdul Razak