Sunday, 15 May 2011
386 Morike Sako
Position : Forward
Played : 2006-07
Appearances : 17
Goals : 3
Morike was signed at the end of August in anticipation of Rickie Lambert's departure. He was a free agent after being released by Torquay in the summer. The Frenchman started playing in his home country for US D'Ivry but later moved to SR Delemont in Switzerland. He was one of three French players signed by Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior in the summer of 2005 but it didn't work and Morike was transfer-listed by October. However Rosenior was sacked and Morike was re-instated by new manager Ian Atkins. He was released at the end of the season having scored 3 goals in 27 appearances. Before arriving at Spotland Morike had trials with Bristol City and Blackpool both of whom were fairly disparaging about him.
Morike actually preferred to play in midfield as a would-be Patrick Vieira but at 6'7 Parkin wanted him upfront. For the first month Morike was actually OK showing the odd bit of skill for a big guy. He scored the only goal in our first victory of the season at home to Grimsby and then two in the 5-0 win at Darlington. All three goals were scored with his feet because Morike shared Paul Williams's inability to get off the ground. He was no good at all as a target man and the rest of his game wasn't good enough to compensate. He also started looking lazy and disinterested after his initial efforts to impress. Keith Hill never played him but kept him around for a week or so to translate for William Mocquet before letting him go in December 2006.
Since leaving Rochdale Morike has played in Germany first for St Pauli and now Arminia Bielefield.