The netherlands has a shortage of centrumaanvallers

AZ-striker Wout Weghorst is together with Ajaxveteraan Klaas-Jan Huntelaar the only one from the Eredivisie, whose production top ten hits comes out.

Wout Weghorst © VI Images / Gerrit van Keulen

Significantly, it is according to followers of the Dutch highest series that the topschutterslijst is led by two flankspelers. The Mexican international Hirving Lozano (22) after 24 rounds of the smoothest scorers with (barely) thirteen goals, in addition to the seven assists that he gave to his PSV team-mates.

The linksvoetige Steven Berghuis (26), which is mostly from the right plays, of Feyenoord follows with twelve hits (and eight assists).

The real centrumaanvallers stay behind when the real effectiveness comes, something that is also brand new coach Ronald Koeman must ensure baren. The pure balletjesafwachter, a large quality of, for example, Romário in the eighties and nineties, is a thing of the past.

The modern deep striker should be able to meevoetballen, combine and bounce, while the vleugelaanvaller in addition to actions for opportunism.

20 goals

Ajaxveteraan Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (34) fell only since last Sunday, when the 0-1 PEC Zwolle, on ten goals. A week sure did AZ-centrumaanvaller Wout Weghorst (25). PSV-targetman Luuk de Jong (27) stands on nine goals.

They need to hurry, they want to the cape of twenty still. In 1989, it was Romário for the last top scorer of the Eredivisie with less than twenty matches, the Brazilian closed when at 19, after 24 matches played.

Lower level?

Melancholy dominates gradually, by the poor figures today. Not so long ago were our neighbors enchanted by high doelpuntenaantallen of (then future) stars like Ronaldo (30, 1995), Ruud van Nistelrooy (31, 1999), the Way Kezman (35, 2003), Huntelaar (33, in 2006 and 2008) and Luis Suárez (35, 2010).

Probably is the level now lower. Weghorst is on, but still missing too many chances. Huntelaar has his best years behind him and get enough usable voorzeten of David Neres and Justin Kluivert. Those talents are pulling too far to the inside and go to often for their own fame.

So, there’s still quite a lot of work on the shelf of the trainers and facilitators in the Dutch top clubs.

frédéric vanheule

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