Ligue 1 club FC Girondins de Bordeaux is beginning to kick its transfer window into overdrive following a slow start to the summer. After the arrival of promising Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu just two days ago, Les Girondins have signed yet another young, talented midfielder in the form of Toma Bašić from Croatia. Bašić, a 21-year-old centre midfielder, joins from Hajduk Split for €3.5m and has signed a four-year contract with Bordeaux.
Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, Bašić was on the books of his preferred club Hajduk Split from 2014-2018. During his four years with the historic Croatian club Bašić first spent time growing out on loan at NK Rudeš and in Split with Hajduk’s B team. The 21-year-old Croat broke into Hadjuk’s first team during the 2015/16 season at the tender age of 18, and went on to make a total of 75 appearances for the Croatian club.
In the last two campaigns Bašić saw ample playing time in a number of different midfield positions, excelling in nearly every one. Last season the adaptable Croat was deployed as a defensive midfielder, left midfielder, and centre midfielder, but saw most of his action as a more advanced, attacking midfielder.
Split and the Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga (Croatian first division) were the perfect places for Bašić to develop as a youngster, as the midfielder flourished and developed his end product during his time in Croatia. Bašić scored three goals and provided six assists in league play last season, helping to lead Hajduk to an eventual third place finish.
Les Girondins have seen a number of notable departures this summer, but with smart signings with high upside like Bašić and Kalu the storied Ligue 1 outfit could quickly bounce back from what could have been a disastrous transfer window.