Three reasons to celebrate Tamas
He has failed to win over the hearts and minds of Ipswich Town fans during his 18 months in Suffolk.
But supporters have three reasons to celebrate the often-maligned Tamas Priskin during a rather tepid 2010/11 season for club and player alike.
n WHAM: The Hungarian international sent the vast majority of a packed Portman Road into raptures by scoring the only goal in the shock Carling Cup semi-final win over Arsenal in January.
n BAM: His stop-start season saw Priskin loaned out to Swansea in March but he still had Suffolk rejoicing when he scored the third goal in the Swans’ 3-0 win over Norwich City two weeks later.
n THANK YOU, TAM: And despite playing just 84 minutes with Swansea as injury cut short his time in Wales, it earned Ipswich Town a reported �160,000 due to a forward-thinking agreement in Priskin’s loan contract.
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While not making the amount public, the Blues have confirmed that they stood to gain from Swansea City’s thrilling play-off victory over Reading on Monday after Priskin’s rather indifferent month with the frontrunners.
But we understand the windfall is as much as �160,000 – a small drop in the ocean for the Swans who stand to earn a cool �90 million from their promotion to the Premier League.
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But it equates to almost �2,000 a minute from Priskin’s spell which saw him come off the bench three times in four matches before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in training.
The 24-year-old striker scored seven goals for Town last season but fans remain very indifferent about his ability and there were very few tears shed when he joined Swansea to team up again with former boss Brendan Rodgers.
There was initial rumours that the loan deal could become a permanent one but that might now be scuppered by Swansea’s promotion and the fact Premier League football might bring with it different targets.
Priskin, who Rodgers had wanted to bring in at the start of last season, would surely favour a permanent deal at the Liberty Stadium but is at the very least behind Fabio Borini, who excelled after joining on loan from Chelsea but who has been tipped with a move to Parma in Italy.
Meanwhile, Jamie Griffiths has accepted a new six-month deal with the Blues after making one appearance as a substitute against Northampton Town in the Carling Cup last season.
A double stress fracture to the back ruled the young midfielder out for the most part of last season.
And Jaime Peters has earned his 22nd cap for Canada after coming on as a 79th minute substitute in his country’s 202 draw against Ecuador.