I was sick and fed up of watching endless TV dramas, especially when we have our own at Newcastle virtually every week.
I decided to do some scouting instead, watching fourth top Feyenoord against fighting relegation Groningen last night (Thursday), specifically to watch Nicolai Jorgensen.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer and all that claptrap and he might have had an off night but…
Here is my overview:
Firstly, he is not physically enough (despite being 6ft 2), was brushed off the ball several times.
He doesn’t anticipate the ball into the box (watched too many Joselu videos).
Nicolai Jorgensen controls the ball well on the ground.
He hardly won a header, jumping at least twice only to be nowhere near the ball.
Never look like scoring, despite Feyenoord winning 3-0 against weak opposition.
Overall opinion – Not worth £10 million, far less the £20m/25m allegedly asked for.
Not up to Premier League standard, Championship at best.
Lastly, Dutch football is terrible.
Veteran Robin Van Persie (turns 35 in August) came on, looked at least one class above anybody else.
No wonder Holland didn’t qualify for the World Cup.
(ED: Nicolai Jorgensen only has seven league goals this season and apart from 21 goals last season for Feyenoord, the 27 year old’s best two other goalscoring years, have been 15 and 11 league goals in the even weaker Danish league. It is actually Jorgensen’s Feyenoord team-mate Steven Berghuis who has been the Dutch club’s top striker this time and he got two assists last night against Groningen. In total, Berghuis has 12 goals and 8 assists in 21 league starts this season, whilst Nicolai Jorgensen has 7 goals and 3 assists in 16 league starts. Not writing Jorgensen off as a Newcastle target but as John says, he has to do an awful lot more to justify that £20m+ valuation, even in these crazy transfer times.)