A recent report from Kicker has offered an update on the future of Sasa Kalajdzic, informs the Hard Tackle. The chances of his extended stay in Stuttgart appear to be dwindling amid the club’s struggling run of form in the Bundesliga, coupled with his own issues with fitness and lack of form in front of goal.
Kalajdzic was expected to depart Stuttgart last summer, but an injury ended his chances of moving elsewhere. The report does state that the demand for the tall striker has reduced significantly, but it appears Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are among the clubs still keeping an eye on his situation, especially with the striker’s current deal at Stuttgart expiring in 2023.
Standing at 2m, Kalajdzic broke into the scene in the Bundesliga last season, racking up 16 goals in 33 league games. His combination with left-back Borna Sosa was deadly, to say the least, with the Croatian international producing ideal deliveries to the tall centre-forward, who is regarded as an efficient marksman. Curiously, Sosa is a target for Tottenham as well, though they could face competition from Arsenal.
After an excellent 2020/21 campaign in the Bundesliga, though, an unfortunate shoulder injury has taken a massive toll on the striker’s progress. He has had to remain on the sidelines for a majority of the campaign, making his return only in the game against Greuther Furth in January.
Since his return, Kalajdzic has not been able to reproduce his form, often missing key goalscoring opportunities. But more importantly, the Austrian international hasn’t been provided with the same level of service.
While the youngster’s reduced numbers have not deterred Tottenham, one may argue that Kalajdzic could, in fact, be a risky option for the north London outfit, given his struggles with injuries and lack of form.
With uncertainty looming over the future of Harry Kane, Spurs need a reliable goalscorer next season if they are to put an end to their trophyless slump. While there are no doubts over the quality of Kalajdzic, the 24-year-old may find it difficult to replicate his success in the Premier League.
The same can be said for West Ham, who are desperate to find a strike partner for Michail Antonio next summer. It would perhaps be a wiser move by the Hammers if they shift their attention to other alternatives, including Chelsea loanee Armando Broja, who is currently on at Southampton.