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.
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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.