Our favorite defensive midfielder to throw under the bus, Ognjen Vukokević, is being shipped off to Spartak Moscow for the remainder of the season, on loan from Dynamo Kyiv. After being scrutinized by Croatian fans for being more of loose cannon than a facilitator in the midfield following the departure of captain Niko Kovač, the 29 year-old Vukojević may be entering the twilight of his career with this move, never really appealing to Croatian fans.
His starting spot at Dynamo Kiev has been taken away from him as Vukojević has spent much of the year riding the bench. Now entering the last year of his contract, Vuki will play the remainder of the season in Russia; at sixth place Spartak Moscow. He has scored nine goals in 123 appearances for Dynamo Kiev since coming over from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008.
But the question remains: with the emergence of Milan Badelj at Hamburg this season and the decline of Vukojević, have we seen the last of Vuki in checkers? Not only is the answer yes, but it will come as a unanimous yes by delighted Croatian supporters across the globe, who never saw the defensive midfield position filled after Kovač.