Back in 1995, Aston Villa splurged £3.5 million on a 21-year-old striker from Partizan Belgrade who’d been banging them in for lols - and it felt like one of those moments that could change the course of history.
Kind of like an episode of Quantum Leap but with Brian Little as Al and Gareth Southgate as Sam. Oh boy.
Savo Milošević arrived in the West Midlands with the sort of goalscoring record that suggested superstardom was in his DNA.
But it didn't work out like it should have done.
Few fans knew much about the conflict in the Balkans at the time but for Milošević, concentrating on football was often hard for a young man so far from a home embroiled in a bloody civil war, following the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Savo was good. He was very good. But his time in the Premier League was a weird mish-mash of mercurial brilliance and horrible misses. Oh, and one massive gobful of spit.
Beginnings - Partizan: 1992-95
Milošević was born in the small town of Bijeljina in the former Yugoslavia. A football was never far from his feet and his talent was soon spotted by scouts from Partizan, the club that would give him his debut in 1992 (and whom he now manages). He scored 14 goals in 31 games during his first season in Belgrade, adding another 51 in the following two seasons, as the club won back-to-back national championships, including the double in 1993/94.
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