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:)Full Name: Marc Janko

Club: Red Bull Salzburg

Date Of Birth (Age): June 25 1983 (25)

Height: 198cm (6'5'')

Weight: 85kg

Nationality: Austrian

Background

It is little wonder why interest in Red Bull Salzburg's striking sensation Marc Janko increases with every passing match-day. Little over half-a-season in the Austrian Bundesliga has been played and the man of every moment has already struck more times than any other domestic goalscorer this decade (see table below).

In previous seasons Janko had found himself frozen out of first-team affairs under former manager Giovanni Trapattoni, due to injury and the preferential treatment shown to Alexander Zickler. But he is now flourishing under new coach Co Adriaanse, and has attracted covetous glances from a plethora of European clubs.

Critics may point to the inferior quality of the Austrian league. But Janko, despite being inexperienced on the international stage (he only holds seven caps), has already netted against world-class defences. In September 2008 he scored the first goal and won the penalty for Austria's third in a match that saw France lose by three goals to one, and left les Bleus (with a starting defence that included Sagna, Gallas, Mexes and Evra) embarrassed.

Season

Club

Player

Goals

2000-01

FC Tirol Innsbruck

Radosław Gilewicz 22

2001-02

Grazer AK

Ronald Brunmayr

27

2002-03

SC Bregenz

Axel Lawarée 21

2003-04

Grazer AK

Roland Kollmann

27

2004-05

ASKÖ Pasching Christian Mayrleb

21

2005-06

SV Ried/ Austria Wien

Sanel Kuljic/

Roland Linz

15

2006-07

Red Bull Salzburg

Alexander Zickler

22

2007-08

Red Bull Salzburg

Alexander Zickler

16

2008-09 (to date)

Red Bull Salzburg?

Marc Janko

30 +

Attributes And Playing Style

When a tall targetman is in the midst of speculative press reports linking him with lucrative transfers to numerous clubs within the Premier League, the comparisons to leggy England international Peter Crouch are going to be inevitable.

Janko's frame though is built differently from Portsmouth's beanpole striker. Despite his good control and clever feet, Crouch can look awkward and uncomfortable on the ball. Janko is more of a natural-looking athlete, boasts a toned physique, and is a clinical - and relentless - finisher.

He brags fox-in-the-box tendencies, good positional sense and awareness, and arrives into space at the right time to round off moves involving either cut-backs or ground-level crosses.

Strengths

He has an obvious eye for goal and can score with both feet, and also has great control of the football. For instance, when a cross is played in that is seemingly getting away from him, his athleticism can bring the ball to ground with relative ease. Even when the ball eludes his reach, his long legs make up ground within moments.

Janko also possesses a range of shots that have fooled many a goalkeeper, and is not averse to striking the ball into the ground with the intention of confusing the gloveman with the bounce; a type of shot that has borne fruit not once, but twice in a single game (against Rapid Wien).

For a man of his stature he is obviously going to find the goal with his head. He is dominant in the air, and his runs evade his marker. His team-mates, at times – and in keeping with playing to the strengths of a tall frontman – pump the ball up to the final third in route-one style, and this again is service that he relishes.

He is a proven penalty taker and can strike a powerful shot from the spot, but is not averse to deftly tucking the ball away in the corner.

He capitalises on looping crosses from the wide areas, and has even shown this season that he can pull off Peter Crouch-like acrobatics when launching his body into an overhead volley. Janko is an intelligent forward, composed in front of goal, even when under pressure. He can be a persistent menace from set-play, and is a handy body to have in the box when defending corner-kicks.

Potential Weaknesses

Some of the goals he has scored in the Austrian Bundesliga though have been against defences that try to keep a straight line of four, lose shape and have, at times, been too static and slow to react, allowing Janko to control the ball and slot a shot past a goalkeeper.

Yet he has shown enough battling qualities to suggest he can combat the rearguards that exist in more physical leagues, should he be transferred. Therefore there is a good chance he could re-create his successes for Salzburg in either the Premier League, or Scottish Premier League.

Transfer Status/ Interested Clubs

Since the birth of the season a reported 25 clubs are alleged to have expressed interest in Janko. Rumours circulated suggesting that Ajax Amsterdam had already bid a fee of €10 million for him, but Salzburg rebuffed the figure.

Newspapers around Europe have also linked him with Hertha Berlin; Stuttgart; FC Schalke; Celtic; Blackburn Rovers; Espanyol; AS Roma; Udinese; Genoa; and Sampdoria, while the player himself explicitly stated that he would like to join London side Tottenham Hotspur.

A system that he would relish though, is the one Martin O'Neill employs at Aston Villa. An interchanging 4-5-1/ 4-3-3 formation with pacy wingers and a lone striker, and the service that accurate crosser and pin-point set-piece specialist Ashley Young would provide, together with the clever passing of defence-minded captain Gareth Barry, would be enough for Janko to think that he had arrived in footballing heaven.

Janko can be a selfish forward, and if there is half-a-chance on goal he would rather shoot than find a team-mate probing space. If, however, he is crowded out of the box while a high pass is finding its way down from the skies, he could nod the ball onto an in-running Gabriel Agbonlahor, and his inclusion in the Villa squad would provide ample competition for John Carew.

Considering the spurning of Ajax's advances, and the decline in the value of the pound against the euro, Marc Janko could turn out to be an expensive acquisition for teams from the Premier League or the Scottish Premier League. If bought last summer, he could have cost as little as £1.5 million, but considering his explosion onto the scene this year, a figure exceeding £12 million would have to be tabled.

What are your thoughts on Marc Janko? Do you think he would be considered an expensive gamble considering the expected asking price, and the standard of football in the Austrian Bundesliga? Does his game suit the English and/ or Scottish Premier League? Would you like to see him at your club?

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Re: Marc Janko

Nope' date=' he didn't.

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He didn't ever bother to adjust the formatting...

Nicely spotted Phil. In most areas of human activity it's called cheating. Guys should be banned from the forum for a while in these instances. Can you hear the boo-birds Guniek ?

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