Nick Blackman scored 22 goals in 113 appearances for Reading.
The now 30-year-old is a graduate of the Macclesfield Town academy. He was signed by then Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers in 2009 and after a succession of mixed loan-spells, he was sold to Sheffield United in 2012.
He’d made a breakthrough in the Scottish Premier League with both Motherwell and Aberdeen and caught the eye of Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson, and enjoyed a prolific season for the Blades scoring 14 in 33.
Blackman then got his second Premier League move, signing for Reading in January 2013. Reading were facing the drop, and Blackman was unable to find the net in 11 league appearances for the Royals, who were subsequently relegated.
He went on to endure two tough seasons with Reading in the Championship, but came into form in his third where he scored 13 in the first-half of the season, before Derby County signed him in January 2016.
Derby were chasing promotion. Blackman though, wasn’t the answer – he didn’t score another goal in the 2015/16 season, and scored just one in his second at Pride Park.
A surprise loan-deal for Blackman followed. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv for the season and scored ten in 16 Israeli Premier League matches before returning to Derby, and signing another season-long loan deal, this time joining Spanish Segunda outfit Sporting de Gijón.
Blackman struggled in Spain, scoring just two all season, and he was then released by Derby County last summer.
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He’s had many a chance to impress in both the Premier League and the Football League, but Blackman proved inconsistent, and today he finds himself a permanent feature at Tel Aviv.
Returning to Israel where he’d enjoyed one of the best spells of his career, it seemed like the Salford-born striker would have a happy ending to his career. But having made seven appearances this season, Blackman has failed to score and has not played for Tel Aviv since October.
From Macclesfield to Maccabi, Blackman’s career makes for an interesting read, but it’s one that ultimately failed to meet expectations.