Vincent Janssen, Mateja Kezman, Afonso Alves … success in Holland does not mean success in England.
Newcastle United spent much of their winter trying to find a striker to score the goals they need to survive this season. One name that consistently came up was that of Danish forward Nicolai Jorgensen. The Feyenoord striker was the subject of a £15 million bid from Newcastle, according to Sky Sports, which was rejected.
It proved a big blow for Newcastle, who ended up snapping up Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City at the last minute.
It was considered a big blow for Newcastle, but they should not take the loss too hard.
There have been many success stories from the Dutch league over the years. Goalscorers such as Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy have proved big hits in England whilst Klaas Jan Huntelaar was a star in Germany. However, there is also a long list of those that never quite made it after scoring goals for fun in the Netherlands.
Mateja Kezman is the perfect example. He was a goal-machine in Holland at PSV Eindhoven but never found success after leaving for Chelsea. Alfred Finnbogason was fiendish in the box for Heerenveen but is only now getting back to his best after failures at Real Sociedad and Olympiakos.
Then there is Vincent Janssen, ask Tottenham fans what they think about him? Manchester United learned the hard way as well with Memphis Depay.
Then there is Afonso Alves, the famous Middlesbrough flop and Wilfried Bony, whose early promise away from Holland has tapered into mediocrity.
Last season’s Dutch top-scorer was indeed Newcastle target Jorgensen but he only just pipped Reza Ghoochannejhad and Ricky van Wolfswinkel to the title – players who flopped at Charlton Athletic and Norwich City respectively.
Goals are simply easier to come by in the attacking and fluid Dutch league and whilst the odd gem does emerge, overall, they tend to struggle away from the Eredivisie..
Missing out on Jorgensen could be a blessing in disguise.