Rangers flop Umar Sadiq scored his first goal for Almeria on Wednesday night following his multi-million-pound move from Partizan Belgrade.
The 23-year-old striker endured a torrid time on loan at Rangers from Roma in 2018, during which he made four appearances and failed to score.
His only start for the club came in a League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen and he returned to Italy ahead of schedule in December.
However, he began to make strides last season after finding a new home at Partizan Belgrade, with his goalscoring exploits in both the Serbian SuperLiga and the Europa League attracting attention.
His then manager, Savo Milosevic, valued Sadiq at a minimum of €10m (£9m) and said that his valuation could eventually rise to as much as €50m (£45m) if he realised his potential in the game [Telegraf].
Eventually, it was cash-rich Spanish second-tier club Almeria who snapped him up in early October and although he didn’t command the kind of fee Milosevic predicted, it’s been reported that the transfer fee was €5 million (£4.5m) [Ideal.es via Sportski Zurnal].
It’s taken the Nigerian striker a while to settle on the pitch for his new club, who have started the 2020/21 Segunda División season poorly.
Things are beginning to look up on both an individual and a collective level, though, with Sadiq netting his first goal in a 1-1 draw with FC Cartagena on Wednesday to halt a run of three consecutive defeats.
The former Ger’s 65th-minute equaliser was the Rojiblancos’ first goal in over 400 minutes of football, which suggests he will need to be in superb form this season if his side are to better last year’s fourth-place finish.