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Birmingham boss hails wonderkid

Birmingham boss hails wonderkid

Argentinian wonderkid Mauro Zarate has completed his loan move from Qatari side Al-Sadd to Birmingham City - just months after making a £10million move to the Middle East.

The 20-year-old striker, who scored the winning goal during last year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, will be at St Andrews until the end of the season. According to the official site, Zarate will play for the reserves against Arsenal tonight if he receives international clearance by 5pm.

Boss Alex McLeish told the club's official site: "We're excited about bringing the player in on loan. He's one of the Argentinean young guns that were successful in the U20's championship last year. I've heard really good things about him. It's a kind of bonus type signing and one that we hope can turn games. He's one of those guys that's comfortable with a ball and caressing a ball, like a lot of South Americans who seem to have those traits.

"I don't want to compare him to the Argentinean greats but he's of that mould. He has great balance and mobility. He can play anywhere along the front four. It's another bit of competition up there, but more importantly, it's somebody that we think can create something out of nothing."

Although Al-Sadd are not the biggest name in football, Zarate is highly rated in his native Argentina and there were a few raised eyebrows when he left Velez Sarsfield for Qatar in the summer, in a move that apparently had more to do with creating financial security for the player rather than footballing reasons.



Zarate looks a decent player - and he must be of a fairly reasonably standard if any team are prepared to pay £10million for him. He against found the net for Al-Sadd on Friday, although it's fair to say the standard of competition in the Premier League is somewhat higher!

Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 3:05PM

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£10million for a young kid suggests he'll either be one of the best players we've signed, that Al-Sadd have more money than sense, or a bit of both!
The Blues Brother
21/01/2008 16:36:00
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Not a signing anyone would have guessed at the start of the month but one that will go one of two ways - inspired or disaster.
By Eck We'll Do It
21/01/2008 16:57:00
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Just seen he has been cleared to play for the reserves tonight, which should be interesting. Not an easy game though!
By Eck We'll Do It
21/01/2008 17:12:00
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he had better be good for that pricre you don't want a donkey
ozanne park rangers
24/01/2008 18:01:00
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