What does Roy Keane know, anyway? He felt Ipswich Town paid way over the odds for Tamas Priskin in 2009 but the Hungarian striker scored a priceless, stunning goal for his country tonight as they beat Norway to book their place at Euro 2016.
Priskin caught the attention of the Ipswich scouts by scoring 19 goals in 82 appearances for Watford but Roy Keane, in his book The Second Half, says he valued the then 23-year-old at a quarter of the money the Tractor Boys paid the Hornets.
“I’d talk to the owner over the phone, give him a ballpark figure,” wrote Keane, reflecting on his 20-month spell in charge at Portman Road. “Tamas Priskin was at Watford, and available. The scouts were keen, and I watched him once, preseason. He scored, played well – but it as a friendly. His contract was up in a year and I thought he might be worth a punt. I think I mentioned a figure of £400,000 to the owner. I rang Malky Mackay, who was managing Watford.
‘Listen Malky, I’m just giving you a heads up. We’re interested in a player.’
I never spoke to other managers about a fee for a player; I never got involved.
Malky goes: ‘Roy, I appreciate the call.’
I said, ‘I’m leaving it to the chief executive.’
I couldn’t believe it when I heard what we paid for him. I think it was £1,75m. Watford couldn’t believe their luck. That was our lack of communication, the fact that the three of us [the chairman, CEO and him] never spoke together. Priskin wasn’t worth that money, but nobody had got back to me, to get my opinion.”
Priskin played for QPR, Swansea, Derby, in Austria and in Israel before returning home where he has scored 11 goals in 10 games for Gyroi ETP. None, however, will be better than the one below he scored tonight…