This summer saw a clutch of teams chase the signature of Dutch international Robin Van Persie after his incredible goalscoring season at Arsenal with Manchester United eventually getting their man, a deal which has been an instant success.
However another similarly aged (in fact their birthdays are just six days apart) Dutch international appears to be available for a much smaller margin than the fee United paid Arsenal for RVP. Not only that but he is also a more potent finisher.
Yes while Robin Van Persie’s very impressive club career tally of 158 goals in 359 games is obviously not to be shirked either is the record of Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
The Schalke 04 striker refuses to commit himself to the Gelsenkirchen side as a dwindling contract keeps him in the German headlines but at 29, a player who has been perpetually linked with a move to the Premier League for many a season may just about to receive his last chance at doing so. Considering his goal record it is a no-brainer whether or not to go for the marksman nicknamed ‘the Hunter’ as his goals record speaks for itself with a whopping 251 goals coming in 379 games.
Needless to say a direct comparison is difficult between RVP and KLH and one criticism that can be levelled at the former Ajax man is where exactly his goals have racked up, with the majority of his successful strikes coming in the Dutch Eredivisie, with all due respect a league not in the same class as Van Persie’s Premier League.
During Huntelaar’s spells at big clubs such as Real Madrid and AC Milan he has also failed to replicate that goalscoring form during his time with Ajax, Heerenveen, AGOVV and PSV Eindhoven. During his collective two year spell at the Bernabeu and San Siro he mustered an, on-record, derogatory 15 goals in 45 appearances, however when you consider how many of those games came as a substitute the record does not read that badly.
Liverpool have reportedly been interested in him for a while with Rodgers not put off by his age due to his international pedigree and after initially struggling with low confidence after the Spanish and Italian misadventures Klaas shot into life in the Bundesliga last season scoring 29 times in 32 appearances. But his European performances were all the more impressive racking up 14 goals in just 12 games on his way to an overall total of 48 goals in 47 games. Only Messi and Ronaldo boast a better 2011-12 record and he has already bagged two in two this term.
So while comparing the two is difficult admitting Huntelaar’s goal threat is not; Schalke may cash in on him now with the emergence of Finland international Teemu Pukki at the side and Liverpool or any other Premier League club willing to pay the odds for a natural born goalscorer could be in for a treat with a move for ‘The Hunter’.
If you are looking for a more all-round comparison between him and RVP then look at international level, Van Persie 30 goals in 69 caps; Huntelaar 33 in 58.
A must buy if he becomes available in January at the right price.
Would you want to see ‘The Hunter’ at Anfield; or anywhere else for that instance this season?
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