Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Estonians Abroad #3 - Tarmo Kink

The 25 year old winger/striker is currently struggling to make the starting eleven of a Middlesbrough team struggling in the wrong half of the Championship. He made the move to the north east of England last summer following a prolific spell with Győri ETO in Hungary for a fee of around £750,000. It was former Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan who made the signing, but new manager Tony Mowbray has challenged Kink to gain a regular place in the side following a long term virus during the winter. His career in England has started well, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against Burnley in September, including this 94th minute free kick

He started out in Tallinn and was picked up by Spartak Moscow at the age of 17. After failing to make an impact in Russia, he moved back to Tallinn with Levadia where he scored a hatful of goals thanks to his rocket of a left foot. He picked up three Meistriliiga titles between 2006 and 2008 and earned a move to Hungary.

Kink is nearing a half century of caps for the national team - the highlight of his international career thus far is surely his goal against Serbia in Belgrade

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