Sunday, 8 August 2010


Dinamo Zagreb once again recorded an unimpressive performance, this time again NK Varazdin as their poor start to the season continues.

Goalscoring appears to be at the heart of their problems where Dodo, Miroslav Slepicka and Ilija Sivonjic are the main culprits. Ante Rukavina looks like he will help Dinamo to find the net, however Pedro Morales and Andrej Kramaric are being wasted and have not appeared even from the bench in the last two matches.

25 year old Chilean international Morales has a goalscoring record of one in two for Dinamo and netted his first of the season against Dragovoljac. Despite a average performance against Rijeka, Velimir Zajec's decision to drop the player has been costly.

Sivonjic, Slepicka and particularly Dodo's goalscoring problems at Dinamo have been long running stretching as far back as the last spring. Sivonjic and Dodo have not scored in 7 matches and would appear not to fit at an elite Croatian club. Inter Zapresic have suffered through the departure of the players and it would seem suitable for all parties that they returned.

Dinamo have European aspirations, but currently they are lacking forwards who know there way around HNL1 level. At the start of the season forwards such as Ivan Kristanovic for Zagreb, Rado Dalovic and Hjorve Strok for Rijeka, Nino Bule for Lokomotiva and Slaven Belupo's Aljosa Vojinovic are essential to domestic success. With Rukavina and Morales, Dinamo can return to form. However Zajec would be wise to give up on the failing trio. As funds are tight at Dinamo, Zdravko Mamic would be wise to loan out Dodo and Sivonjic and bring back an experienced campaigner like Ivan Bosnjak to add goals to the attack. Bosnjak, although 31 knows his way around the division and would not be an expensive gamble. Rukavina, Morales, Slepicka and Kramaric would more often than not be preferred, but Dinamo currently need goals in numbers.