When Jez Moxey revealed that Glenn Hoddle had “coveted” Tomasz Frankowski for a while upon the Pole’s arrival at Wolves, big things were surely expected – after all, you wouldn’t sign a player after a long period of scouting if you weren’t completely sold on them, right?
“This is a player that Glenn has coveted for a long time. Despite his age, the manager assures us Frankowski is the missing link to give us the opportunity to get into the play-offs and hopefully win promotion.”
A substantial fee of £1.4m – worth £2,040,972.49 in today’s money – was handed to Spanish second division side Elche for the 31-year-old striker’s signature, and the Molineux faithful were left waiting eagerly to see what had attracted Hoddle to the forward.
It could be argued that they are still waiting.
Hoddle was sacked just six months after Frankowski arrived, having failed to steer Wolves to promotion despite being in the playoff picture when the striker arrived – the £1.4m arrival admitted that he felt he let the ex-England manager down.
The attacker eventually left Molineux to join MLS outfit Chicago Fire, having been branded as a complete and utter flop during his time in England.
Not every transfer comes off, although Hoddle and Moxey’s confident words upon Frankowski’s arrival only make his ultimate failure all the more embarrassing for everyone involved – it is a mystery as to why Hoddle was so keen on him.
Nowadays – as tweeted by The Express and Star’s Joe Edwards – the ex-Poland international is now a politician, having become a member of the Civic Platform. Most players tend to go into management or coaching, but each to their own, I guess.
While Frankowski actually had a decent career apart from his spell at Wolves – he scored 110 goals in 172 games for Wisla Kraków – this move arguably looks worse on Hoddle, who was so confident that his big-money signing would be a success, only for him to flounder.
The current BT Sport pundit truly had a moment to forget with this signing.
In other news, this Mick McCarthy signing worth £8.6m in today’s money was a complete and utter disaster for Wolves…