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“Spartak” bought a defender in the center! Babić scored almost as many goals in Spain as Bongonda

Date: April 15, 2024 Time: 20:03:51

Spartak still has a new central defender from Serbia. In the summer window, the transfer of Strahini Erakovic from Red Star Zvezda to the Moscow club failed, who preferred the rojiblanco Zenit, but managed to negotiate with another player from this country. The CB has announced today the signing of Srdjan Babić from Almería. The operation amounted to about 5 million euros, and the 27-year-old legionnaire himself will earn 1.5 million euros a year at the capital club. Let’s talk about the newcomer from Spartak.

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Babich is originally from the Bosnian city of Banja Luka and a graduate of Serbian Vojvodina. With his native team he played professionally for only one year and with him he won the country’s Cup, he also scored in the final with Yagodina. Already in the summer of 2015 he landed in Spain. At the time, the 19-year-old defender was signed by Real Sociedad, who paid €1 million for Srjan (according to Transfermarkt). The 2015 Youth World Cup helped the future Spartak player to go abroad quite early. Serbia unexpectedly won that U-20 World Cup by beating Brazil 2-1 after extra time in the final. The Vojvodina player was the main central defender of the national team, he participated in all seven matches. A promising career start. By the way, the current army team Milan Gajic and Sasha Zdelar also came out in the final with the Brazilians at the base of the Serbs, and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic was considered the main star of the team.

However, in the first attempt to jump into the Example, Babich was unsuccessful. He played his first season at the Real Sociedad cattle club in the third division. In the summer of 2016 he was loaned out to second division (Segunda) side Reus Deportio. A year later, Srdjan returned to Serbia; Red Star rented it. In the summer of 2018, he ended the defender’s relationship with the Spanish. Red Star bought it for €800,000.

Babić belonged to the best club in Serbia from the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2022, but he did not play for the Belgrade team all these years. Well, the defender kept looking for options abroad. In August 2020, Srdjana rented the Portuguese club Famalican, where he played with Russian goalkeeper Ivan Zlobin. The two legionaries quickly found a common language. Zlobin admitted in an interview that he communicates in the team mostly with Babich and another guy from Serbia.

If Zvezda Babić won three league titles at Red Star and made his Champions League debut (he played three games in the group stage of the 2018/2019 season), then thanks to the season at Famalican, the defender caught the attention of Almería. . The Serbian was a solid player in the Portuguese base: he played 27 games, scored one goal and gave two assists. By the way, after Babich left at Red Star, a place for Erakovic became vacant, who made his debut with the first team in 2020.

Srdjan Babic

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In August 2021, Almería hired a defender from the Belgrade club for €100,000. At that time, the Spanish team played in the second division, but they won the tournament with Babich and rose to the elite. Srjan played 37 games and scored one goal, he got into the symbolic team of the league. As a result, Almería bought the Serb last summer for 1.1 million euros.

Last season was the first for Babich in the Example. To the top league, the world champion among youth has grown only at the age of 26. In that championship, Almería struggled to survive until the last round, but still successfully solved the problem – they were ranked 17th (finished just one point from the relegation zone). Srdzhan in terms of the amount of time spent on the field in the Example became the second among the field players of the team. He played 2998 minutes. He participated in 34 games, and at the base he came out 33 times, and in some matches with the captain’s armband.

Looking at this defender, first of all, you highlight his physical data. Babich’s height is 195 cm. Naturally, the central defender is dangerous in set pieces at other people’s goals, and last season La Liga scored three goals. Here are the goals:

In October 2022, in a home game with Rayo Vallecano (3: 1), Babic became the author of Almería’s second winning goal. After a corner kick from the left flank, he ran to the goalkeeper’s line and headbutted competently. The ball bounced off the ground and hit the net.

At the beginning of April 2023, in an away match with Celta (2: 2), Srjan successfully moved back to the standard. He opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a corner from the right wing. He again made a play on the ball to win the fight for the lead, and a great header under the bar.

A week later, Babic scored his third goal in the Spanish championship – in a home game against Valencia (2: 1). This goal was also victorious for Almería. Everything is as before: a corner kick (from the left flank), a Serbian charge into the goalkeeper’s box and a header – the goalkeeper made a mistake at the start.

It is curious that the central defender Babić scored almost as many examples last season as the Cádiz winger Theo Bongonda: three goals against four. The Belgian is already showing that Spartak was not wrong with the signing of him. The Serb will give the rojiblancos an advantage at least in set pieces at the opponent’s goal.

On the other hand, you can’t say that Babich has some crazy aerial combat stats. According to SofaScore, he won 61% of riding duels and even in his team he became the second in number of fights won for the ball on the “second floor” (72). In tackles and interceptions, Srjan was outside the top 3, and he’s also second in box clearances (121). As well as the number of accurate passes (1166).

It is clear that in the case of such a dimensional player, we are not talking about the fastest, most agile and accurate defender. Against high-speed opponents in free space, it is better not to leave Babich. You can beat him one by one. But one way or another, the Serbian will add quality to the rojiblanca defense, and he has the first pass. By the way, Srjan is a left-footed centre-back, which means that he is a competitor to Giorgi Jikia.

Since September last year, Babić has been called up for the Serbian first team. He played four games with the national team, he entered the squad for the 2022 World Cup. There he was a substitute, like Erakovic, but he participated in the game of the 2nd round of the group stage with Cameroon (3-3). He was out for the last 15 minutes.

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The Serbian team, unlike Babich’s gold academy, did not drop out of the group at the World Cup, but for Srjan, a trip to Qatar is a memory for a lifetime. When he first entered the national team application for the tournament, he couldn’t believe his luck. “I’m delighted, I don’t know what to say!” – Babich responded to journalists when the national coach announced the final line-up.

“When I came to Spain, I tried to change a lot of things in terms of professionalism,” Srdjan said in an interview with Mondo.rs. How should I treat myself and all that? I’d say I’m rewarded for it, but I think the best is yet to come. The dearest congratulations to me came from my family: father, mother, brother, wife. I have so many that it is impossible to open them all at once. Getting into the World Cup app is not a trifle at all, I’m happy.”

The next prize for Babich was a contract with Spartak, obviously the most important of his career.

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Puck Henry
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