The last season has hardly gone the way way Tomasz Radzinski envisaged when he agreed to join Everton in the summer. The Canadian international was ear-marked by Walter Smith as the pounds 4.5 million replacement for Francis Jeffers after the latter's move to Arsenal, but after an awkward 10 months on Merseyside the player is determined to prove the club were right to sign him.
Polish-born Radzinski left for Goodison Park fresh from leading Anderlecht to the Belgian title and finishing the season as the country's leading scorer. He had also impressed at the highest level, scoring five goals in the club's Champions' League campaign, including twice against Manchester United. Since leaving, however, he has had months of injury troubles, seen a club in financial crisis, a relegation dogfight and the eventual exit of Smith.
To add insult to injury, the new manager, David Moyes, is said to be uncon- vinced by Radzinski. In fact, if he is not to be part of a summer sale to raise money for new signings - Moyes' transfer kitty is reputed to be only pounds 5m - then Radzinski has got to prove himself in the final couple of matches, starting with today's home meeting with Blackburn.
Everton are safe now, and it should be time for the pressure to ease and the football to flow. Yet if the 19-year-old Nick Chadwick is fit after an ankle knock, Radzinski could even find himself on the substitutes' bench. The striker admits he is less than happy with the way his Everton career has panned out, but he still wants to make a go of it.
"Scoring only six goals so far is not good enough, I know. I came here with great expectations and I am determined to prove myself," he said. …