How good is Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason?
If there is one man in professional football who knows a thing or two about scoring goals then Marco Van Basten is certainly that man.
The Dutch maestro scored over 250 goals in his injury ravaged career including winning the top-scorer award in the Dutch League on five occasions, Serie A top scorer twice and the European Golden Boot once. Add to that his three European footballer of the year awards, World Player of the Year award and 1992 European Championship performance; yeah I think it would be fair to say the 48-year-old has the credentials to have such a say.
So when you hear that a player he feels could be one of the world’s best is a target for numerous Premier League clubs it would be remiss of us to ignore such a statement.
Van Basten has now turned his hand to coaching and is currently in charge at Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen; which is where he has encountered this striking sensation.
24-year-old Alfred Finnbogason signed for the club last summer after a disappointing spell at Belgian side Lokeren was only brightened by a loan spell at Helsingborg. This season he has scored 24 goals in 29 appearances and become one of Europe’s most talked about striking talents.
West Ham, Everton, Aston Villa and AC Milan have also been credited with an interest for the Icelandic international who spent a part of his childhood in Edinburgh where his father studied.
Sunderland however have emerged as the favourites for the coveted signature of the former Helsingborgs striker.
Paolo Di Canio may have not completely steered Sunderland toward safety but he is certainly putting them on the right course and it should be only a matter of time before they have secured their Premier League status for next season considering their current momentum.
With Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham both Martin O’Neill signings and Connor Wickham failing to make an impact the Italian will want to put his own stamp on the striking department with a new signing of his own.
If he is to take the advice of a Serie A contemporary and former team-mate at AC Milan then Finnbogason may just be the medicine.
Would you like to see him at The Stadium of Light?
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