Video Scouting: Eredivisie forwards, de Jong, Bony, and Finnbogason

There are three main strikers in the Dutch Eredivisie that everyone in the Netherlands is talking about: Bony, Pelle, and Finnbogason. Outside of the Netherlands it’s Bony, Finnbogason and Siem de Jong.

De Jong bolted to fame with his three goals against Man City in Champions League play, but his haul in the Dutch division is a mere 7 goals. He’s a big player who physically resembles Bolton forward Kevin Cyrill Davies but he doesn’t really play that target man role for Ajax, rather drops a bit deeper and provides for his teammates the way that Robin van Persie did for Arsenal. Actually, come to think of it, the Ajax formation is weird. Your guess is as good as mine for what position he plays. How about… Forward-ish? He’s listed at 76kg and I find that about as believable as me weighing 76kg.

His highlight reel shows that he’s physical and maybe lacks a little bit of that flair needed to be a top forward. But he’s a solid player who is versatile and plays in midfield-ish for Ajax.

The Dutch press, though, are in love with a young Icelandic striker named Alfred Finnbogason and the battle between him and Ivorian Bony Wilfried for golden boot has been fun to watch. Finnbogason plays for Heerenveen and has 14 goals in 16 games. He’s a bit of a slight figure at 78kg and he is a hard-working forward who shows flair and just gets goals. “Bony” Wilfried on the other hand is just a handful. 1cm shorter than Finnbogason but weighing 85kg the Ivorian uses his size to great advantage in the Eredivisie and has scored a number of his goals off headers. He’s not as consistent as Finnbogason in hitting the back of the net but when he is on form he gets groups of goals and as a result leads the Dutch division with 16. The ironically named Bony has the physique to make it in the Premier League and big spenders Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly sniffing his jock. Still, his transfer fee is rumored to be in the “mere” £15m range which is easily a price that a club like Arsenal could pay. Personal terms might be a bit different, though.

Bont reminds me of a cut-rate Cavani or Falcao who are also on Chelsea’s supposed transfer list.

The Eredivisie have put together a highlight reel of the two of them duking it out for golden boot. It’s a pretty good example of the two players in action.

Please, let me know via the comments if you like, hate, etc this type of report. Thanks.

Oh and one more video for you, just because I could watch this woman eating this popsicle on constant loop for the next 24 hours straight.


10 thoughts on “Video Scouting: Eredivisie forwards, de Jong, Bony, and Finnbogason

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Joe

    3rd video made my day lol!

    These players seem a bit raw to be honest, Siem De Jong is a decent player though it seems he will be on the move soon enough

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1vladiziv

    for what it’s worth…
    saw Ajax a few times last year.. against Dinamo Zagreb and few games in the leageu (I was scouting Vertonghen :-) and really wasn’t that impressed with De Jong…
    Scored a few goals but missed quite a few chances and some sitters…

    He was especially bad in one of the games against Dinamo, which they won handily, and were a MUCH better team.. he even scored in the end, after having a ton of bad misses..
    I remember he was so bad, I said at the end to myself “even De Jong scored :-)

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Nikki

    Love the reports. I always thought that you have the knacks for scouting. Really handy to prepare for the transfer windows. Keep it coming Tim.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    I’m always leery of strikers from the Netherlands because of one Alfonso Alves. You may recalled he was a Brazilian player who also played for Heerenveen (Finnbogason) who pissed goals (39 in 45 games)and then Middlesbrough bought him and he managed just 10 goals in 42 games.

    Bony seems to me to have a a stronger record with a few seasons at Sparta Prague under his belt.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    The Villa noise is hilarious. 16m for a 31yo coming off a serious knee injury that could be the beginning of the end for him. We sold a 29yo Henry to Barcelona for 16m and once he got over some muscular-skeletal issues, was a very good player for them. I would not even take Villa on a free transfer unless he accepts a 1 yr deal and certainly wouldn’t pay over 5m.

    We should not be begging for Nani because while he is available, he is not the kind of player we need right now.

  6. Vote -1 Vote +1ST

    Nice report, would be interested in what the players do, play as lone target men, score goals with their heads, their heights, historical goal scoring records etc.

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