Wednesday 26 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Aston Villa completed the signing of Yugoslavia striker Savo Milosevic from Partizan Belgrade during the summer of 1995.
The 21-year-old was something of an unknown entity for the Villa fans when manager Brian Little secured his services from Partizan, whom Milosevic had helped to win the last two domestic league titles.
Although he took five matches to score his first goal for the Midlands side, Milosevic soon showed what he was capable off and formed an excellent partnership with Dwight Yorke at Villa Park. Milosevic scored 12 goals in his debut Barclays Premier League campaign and the pair scored 29 between them as Villa finished fourth in the 1995/96 league table.
Milosevic also won the 1996 League Cup final for the Midlands club with a superb matchwinning strike against Leeds United at Wembley Stadium. The club qualified for the UEFA Europa League as a result of their exploits that season.
The next season, Milosevic scored another 10 goals in 30 Premier League appearances as Villa finished 5th, just seven points off second-placed Newcastle United. The Yugoslavian added another seven goals to his tally the next campaign before moving on to Real Zaragoza.
Overall, Milosevic netted 29 times in 89 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa.