Everton manager Ronald Koeman
When Everton manager Ronald Koeman was spotted in the stands as Feyernoord battered AZ Alkmaar in March, he could hardly help but be impressed by the performance of striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
Thumping a clinical hat-trick as the Rotterdammers made another stride towards the title with a 5-2 victory, the Dane offered another timely example of the lethal predatory instincts that earned him the gilded double of league title and golden boot in his first season in Holland.
Three months on, then, it is little surprise that Danish publication BT are claiming that Koeman has identified Jorgensen as the man capable of replacing Romelu Lukaku in Everton’s strikeforce next season.
In 32 Eredivisie games, the towering front man struck 21 goals and laid on another 11 assists to inspire Giovanni Van Bronkhorst’s side to the domestic crown for the first time since 1999.
Worth the risk?
It is little surprise, then, that Jorgensen has been heavily tipped to be the latest goal machine plucked from the Dutch league. BT claims that Everton are ready to lodge an opening offer of £17 million with Ajax phenomenon Kasper Dolberg a far more unlikely alternative.
After all, the teenager has admitted frequently that he sees his short-term future at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Nicolai Jorgensen scored five more goals than Dolberg last season
Though links with Jorgensen are likely to elicit a mixed response from Everton fans. After all, it is only 12 months since the Eredivisie’s previous golden boot winner, Vincent Janssen, swapped AZ for Tottenham Hotspur.
With just one goal from open play in his debut Premier League season, Janssen only served to build on the damage done to the reputation of Eredivisie imports by Mateja Kezman, Alfonso Alves and co.
Therefore, although Dutchman Koeman will be more than aware of Jorgensen’s ability, any deal would come with a cautionary tale.