Luc Castaignos was a man in demand during the summer of 2016.
The skilful striker had endured a difficult debut season in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, but a tally of just five league goals had not put off suitors from the Premier League.
HITC sources told us that both Newcastle United and Swansea City were keen on Castaignos and it is fair to say the Dutchman’s previous record preceded him. As we are all aware, Eredivisie exports can be a little unpredictable but a tally of 24 league goals in two seasons for FC Twente seemed to suggest that Castaignos deserved a chance to show he could swim in a bigger pond.
But, two years after those links emerged, Newcastle and Swansea should not be too disappointed about the fact that Castaignos passed them by. Because his form, and reputation, has collapsed in the last two seasons.
The one-time Inter Milan youngster swapped Frankfurt for Sporting Lisbon in that summer of 2016 but things did not go according to plan in Portugal.
And if a loan return to Holland with Vitesse was supposed to help him find his form once again, the result has been very different. Castaignos has started just six of his 22 Eredivisie appearances for Henk Fraser’s side and netted a distinctly average two league goals.
The striker would not have come cheap in 2016, when Newcastle and Swansea were keen to make him the latest Dutch-based hotshot to try his hand in Premier League football.
But, two years on, it is clear that they both had a lucky escape. Because Castaignos looks more Mateja Kezman than Luis Suarez.
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