Paul Dickov admits that Abdul Razak was a low cost option that did not work - and says doubts about his work rate led to his Doncaster exit.
The Ivorian midfielder arrived in the January transfer window with much fanfare, the player himself declaring that Doncaster fans would ‘enjoy watching me’.
However, Razak went on to make just five starts for Rovers after penning a short term deal and was unsurprisingly among 11 players released earlier this month.
After rescuing the 22-year-old from an unhappy spell in Greece with OFI Crete, Dickov concedes the former Manchester City academy graduate just was not cut out for League One football - but would be more likely to shine at a higher level.
“He didn’t [live up to the hype],” agreed Dickov.
“From our point of view and the club’s point of view it was a low money, low risk situation with Abdul.
“There’s no doubting Abdul’s talent on the ball.
“But the thing that we doubted was his work ethic off the ball.
“Especially in League One, that is something you really need.
“As stupid as it sounds, Abdul’s probably one of these players that looks better higher up.
“He likes to get on the ball, yes.
“But he’s not very comfortable with the day in, day out, nasty side of it. Let’s put it that way.”
Razak made nine appearances in total for Doncaster.
His last appearance in a Rovers shirt saw him subbed after just 23 minutes at Coventry after being yellow carded.
When Razak joined Doncaster he told fans: “I let my football do the talking.
“The fans will enjoy watching me, that’s for sure. I can say that.”