Just two fixtures now remain in a torrid season for Gillingham FC, the current club of Zesh Rehman. As of the British holiday weekend (14-17 April), ahead of the South-East derby match with Charlton Athletic, the 'Gills' are level on points with fellow relegation strugglers Shrewsbury and Bury.
For many neutrals, Rehman's decision to move from a gentler playing capacity in the far east, to join a small struggling club in England's physically demanded third tier, is illogical. However, one must remember that Rehman, of Pakistani origin – and designated by FIFA as a Pakistani – was the first British Asian to grace the Premier League.
Ultimately, home is where the heart is, and once a player has become so deeply integrated with the incomparable bustle of the English game, ...