Thursday, July 18, 2013
Who said the Eredivisie is dead? This summer has seen clubs nab some of the best young talent in the league for massive bargains. If there's a market in world football to exploit right now, it's in the Netherlands.
The Eredivisie's top scorer, Wilfried Bony, is on the move to Swansea City, with the fourth-leading goalscorer, Jozy Altidore, following him to the Premier League. Altidore is going to a Sunderland side in dire need of attacking players at the moment.
Living in the United States, I've certainly heard more about what Altidore's move to Sunderland means than what Bony going to Swansea does.
The question is, which club made out the best? It's hard to argue that either was a poor move, given the prices and recent form. In order to break down these transfers, you have to look at the players' talent, and what they can bring off the field.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Name: Wilfried Bony
Is there any doubt this will be the final season for Wilfried Bony at the GelreDome? First there was his failed move to Russia back in February. Now Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail is reporting Bony will be a target for both Chelsea and West Ham this summer. With no Champions League football at Vitesse next season, it would be extremely hard for Bony to spend another season in the Eredivisie, with the only consolation being the Europa League.
It's easy to see why top European clubs are interested in the Ivorian striker. Bony has scored 31 goals in 29 matches. He's also added eight assists.
Just what kind of player is the Bony, and what can he add to a new club? Well, let's take a look at the impressive goalscorer and weigh his positives and negatives.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
To the surprise of few and the ecstasy of many, Steve McClaren has officially stepped down as manager of FC Twente, with Alfred Schreuder taking over as caretaker boss. The move follows Twente's 2-1 loss to Heerenveen over the weekend, running the club's winless streak to six games. Per the BBC, McClaren said:
"We talked about how we could change the situation and relieve the pressure on the team which has clearly affected its performance," said McClaren.Twente's recent run has been nothing short of a disaster. After having been atop the Eredivisie table for quite a bit of the season, the Tukkers have fallen six points behind leaders PSV. It's not a massive deficit but Twente's form has offered no belief whatsoever that this poor run of form will turn around too drastically.
"Unfortunately, Saturday's result has seen further adverse reactions and, with two home games coming up, we feel the team needs the support and backing from the supporters.
"I also needed assurances about my position now and in the future, which I appreciate in the present situation is difficult. After much discussion and deliberation, those assurances weren't forthcoming."
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ajax came into Bucharest with a two-goal lead. As a result, Frank de Boer was content to simply send out the side with the express purposes of holding on to the ball and limiting Steaua's chances. Much of Ajax's attack in the early going involved Christian Poulsen, Niklas Moisansder and Toby Alderweireld going through passing exercises.