Pull up a chair, grab a drink. Let me tell you the story of my George Best.
He started playing in the semi-professional leagues of Belgium before being noticed by KRC Genk, turning out for them for two seasons, scoring 9 in 24 and that’s when I got a call from Rosario Argento. Our Italian scout who had been in Belgium for two seasons had been tracking every player below the age of 17 and he wanted more time to look at the player. His reports suggested that this was a player worth tracking, and a bid was put in immediately.
7.5million pounds later he was on the plane and undergoing a medical at the Hawthornes, the young Belgian was quite an investment. WBA meanwhile didn’t really need a striker, the Diego Rubio and Moreno partnership was nearly a guaranteed 60 goal investment. Perkovic was young talented and surplus to requirements, so he went back to Genk on a season long long, netting them 20 goals from 26 appearances. The gaffer was curious to see if he could repeat the feat in another league, 13 from 26 in the Dutch Eredivisie underlying the young Belgian’s frightening potential. Meanwhile back at West Brom, Diego Rubio was being tapped up by other clubs, and his loyalty quickly became a subject of tabloid speculation. Perkovic returned to the premiership the next season and netted 5 from 15 games, the moment Diego Rubio left the club, Perkovic started making inroads into the first team squad.
In 2019/20 Moreno led the club with 28 goals, the next season Perkovic rewrote the record books with 49 goals and then 51 goals the following season to bag the Baloon d’Or. With all the attention now firmly focused on the rising Belgian star he also started becoming a fan favorite. If there was something this kid liked more than scoring, it was finding the bottom of a whiskey glass. His adventures in local clubs quickly strove to challenge for space alongside his record goal scoring streaks on the back on local tabloids. 2022 was going to be the hardest season for the young Belgian, he missed 3 training sessions and the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions league when he was too drunk to wake up. This enraged his manager, who threatened to cart him off to the lowest Belgian leagues, Perkovic quickly discovered that the manager was slowly changing the tactical systems they employed to drive Nathan their young Brazilian wizard into goal-scoring opportunities. Perkovic was no longer the only top scorer, he now had a contender, but this has only served to fuel the young Belgian’s ambition even further. 6 games into the latest season he’s already scored 10 goals with 2 hattricks. After a lackadaisical start to their league match against Manchester United and with it quickly looking like he was going to be substituted he scored a hattrick in less than 15 minutes to ink himself into Baggies folklore. He also returned to the pub the next day. He’s our George Best and he’s made the No 7 jersey an iconic number.