Is Nicolai Jorgensen the answer for Newcastle United? This is what happened to last 10 top scorers when left Dutch League
Nicolai Jorgensen is the man that Rafa Benitez apparently wants, to add quality and goals to his relegation threatened team.
Newcastle United/Mike Ashley leaked that they were going to smash their 13 year old transfer record.
The claim was that a £20m striker was set to be landed for NUFC.
However, it has now emerged that Newcastle actually offered only around £12m for the ‘£20m striker’, with fans and Rafa Benitez waiting to see what happens next.
Last season Nicolai Jorgensen was the top scorer in Holland with 21 league goals for Feyenoord…but how have the to goalscorers in the previous 10 seasons got on, when they have moved on?
The last 11 seasons, top goalscorer in the Dutch domestic Eredivisie league – number of goals scored that season in brackets:
2006/07 Afonso Alves (34)
The Brazilian ended up joining Premier League side Middlesbrough and was a total disaster, scoring 10 PL goals in two seasons. After Boro he headed off to play for teams in the Middle East.
2007/08 Klaas Jan Huntelaar (33)
Made a massive £24m move to Real Madrid and whilst it didn’t really work out there, he did ok at AC Milan before proving to be a very good striker for Schalke in the Budesliga, as well as scoring a lot of goals for Holland.
2008/09 Mounir El Hamdoui (23)
Played another season at AZ Alkmaar before a £4m move to Ajax where he scored 13 goals in his first season. Failed badly with Fiorentina in Serie A and Malaga in La Liga, his career going nowhere.
2009/10 Luis Suarez (35)
Rumour is he went on to do ok…when not biting people. A £20m+ move to Liverpool before a £70m+ one to Barcelona where he has excelled.
2010/11 Bjorn Vleminckx (23)
A bit of a low scoring season allowed the Belgian to be the league’s top scorer, moved from NEC to Brugge and then club football in Turkey, never scored double figures in league football again.
2011/12 Bas Dost (32)
The infamous Bas Dost. Linked with Newcastle United every transfer window since. Joined Wolfsburg for £6m and struggled for games but despite never really becoming a surefire first teamer, his goals per game was very decent. Has scored for fun in the weak Portuguese league ever since a £9m move 18 months ago.
2012/13 Wilfried Bony (31)
Did very well at Swansea after getting a £12m move to the Premier League from Vitesse Arnhem, scoring 26 PL goals in 43 PL starts (plus 11 off bench. However, ever since his £30m transfer to Manchester City he looked as though he thought it was job done and has only scored 11 PL goals in the last three years, now back at Swansea.
2013/14 Alfred Finnbogason (29)
Scored an amazing 53 league goals in 65 appearances, earning a £7m move to Real Sociedad in La Liga, failed there and at Olympiakos. Has got his career back on track a little bit with 21 goals in 43 Bundesliga matches in the past two seasons.
2014/15 Memphis Depay (22)
A disastrous £30m signing for Manchester United, part of the same title winning team as Gini Wijnaldum but somehow cost Man U twice as much as Newcastle paid for the PSV Captain, Maybe too much to handle at the age of 21 Depay scored only two PL goals in 18 months. Moving to Lyon a year ago for £14m, Depay has found things easier in the weaker French league, scoring 14 in 29 Ligue 1 starts (plus 8 off the bench)
2015/16 Vincent Janssen (27)
Yet another top scorer in Holland who found life tough in the Premier League. A £17m move from AZ to Tottenham saw him score only two goals in 27 PL appearances, although only seven of those were as a starter. Now trying his luck on loan in Turkey but so far this season has only scored two league goals for Fenerbahce.
2016/17 Nicolai Jorgensen (21)
The 21 goals for Nicolai Jorgensen is actually a very low total to end up as top scorer in the Eredivisie, it is 1996/97 when a striker finished top with such a low total.
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