Since the retirement of former Hull City striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink top-class football has certainly been craving a Dutch striker with an equally fairy-tale sounding name. Sure Klaas Jan Huntelaar tries but it does not quite have the necessary Disney ring to it. But just as all hope looked lost it appears we have found our man with the magnificently named Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.
Now I am not so full of pride to admit that the main reason I want to see the Dutchman in the Premier League is down to the phonetically pleasing side of me but he is also a little bit of a player on top.
At 23-years-old the striker is currently playing for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal which would not normally be considered a problem but right now the side from Lisbon are in dire straits. Last season they knocked Manchester City out of the Europa League; this year they have finished bottom of their Group behind KRC Genk, FC Basel and Paolo Sousa managed Hungarian outfit Videoton. But sure that is fine as clearly they have been resting first teamers in order to challenge the likes of Benfica, Porto and Braga in the Portuguese top-flight.
While that is in fact partially true the reality is it has not really helped. Currently Verde-e-Brancos languish in tenth position well behind the likes of Pacos de Ferreira and Rio Ave. With just two wins in the league all season there is little wonder why the better players at the Stadium of Light are considering potentially abandoning ship.
Of the measly 11 league goals scored in the Primeira Liga this season Van Wolfswinkel has scored five of them.
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have both been linked with making an approach for him in the January window and personally I think he should be pursued by more than just these two sides. He is perfect for the Premier League; fast and controlled on the ball he also doesn’t mind putting a shift in tracking back and closing down opposing players which is a necessity at times in the fast-paced Premier League.
While everyone is reported to be looking at Klaas Jan Huntelaar for their Dutch saviour for the obvious reasons (his sensational goal record and cut-price availability) there is definitely an argument that they could all be looking at the wrong Dutch forward.
Do you think Ricky Van Wolfswinkel could cut it in the Premier League?
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