Gabriel Vidović scored the game-winning goal for Vitesse on Saturday in a 3-1 Dutch Eredivisie victory over Heerenveen. Vidović is currently on loan from Bayern Munich and now has a second goal to his name this week as he scored days ago with a funny chip/deflection from the goal line. We know Croatia has to find a true striker in the next 1-2 years. Vidović is absolutely on the “Watch List” and it’s a great sign that he has adjusted to a very competitive Dutch league so quickly. It will only increase his value at Bayern Munich. Vitesse currently sit 13th place in Holland with the win.
24 year-old winger Josip Brekalo will find new life in 2023 as he returns to the Italian Serie A with Fiorentina. There were rumblings around Europe that half a dozen clubs were interested with the “in-limbo Croatian national team player”, including Dinamo Zagreb, but it will Fiorentina who land Brekalo. Brekalo found great success while on loan at Torino in Italy last season, but returned to parent club, Wolfsburg, who have owned him since 2016. Unfortunately, manager Niko Kovač could not find a place for him with the A-squad this season. Expect some magic and resurgence from Brekalo with Fiorentina, who currently sit 12th place in Serie A.
Ivan Perišić played 90 minutes and supplied an assist to Son in Tottenham’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Preston North End on Saturday. Spurs have now secured a spot in the last 16 of the tournament. Perišić has yet to score a goal with Tottenham this season.
Joško Gvardiol played the full 90 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 2-1 victory over Stuttgart Friday night. With Bayern Munich dropping points for a third straight match, RB Leipzig now only trail Munich by two points for the Bundesliga lead. It should be a tight finish in Germany this season as six teams sit pithing five points of each other.
Antonio Čolak has cooled off tremendously for Rangers since taking the end of 2022 by storm. Čolak has not scored since the World Cup ended and he has only been on the Rangers squad in half their games.