Everton do not have the greatest striking options. It has been a problem for the Merseyside club for a number of years. Players such as Yakubu and Louis Saha are either consistently inconsistent or spending their time nursing an injury. Klass-Jan Huntelaar could offer Everton exactly what they need.
Now before Everton fans get all in arms over me attempting to suggest a player who has been in all honesty awful for 18 months. There is logic to my so called madness. The thing about Huntelaar is that he is just one in a long line of players that have transferred to a club like Real Madrid and fallen through the cracks. Changes in management and President affected his appearances for the Spanish Giants. Despite only appearing 20 times, seven of which were from the bench, Huntelaar bagged an impressive 8 goals.
Only 6 months into his £20 million move from Ajax to Real Madrid was he moved on to Milan for £15 million. Again Huntelaar has taken a lot of criticism in Italy having only scored 6 in 20 league appearances. Only seven of these have been starts though. He was even recently voted into a list of the top worst players in Serie A. What is clear is the Dutch international has had a tough old time of it. Everton most certainly could offer him an escape route.
At 26 years of age I think Huntelaar at the right club, such as Everton, could be a great player. He has moved from Holland to Spain and then Italy in the space of 18 months. That would be hard to adjust for anyone. The pressure to instantly succeed at clubs such as Milan and Real Madrid is massive and clearly taken its toll on the striker. Yet he and Everton could be a match made in heaven.
Everton lack a high quality box player who can stay fit. Louis Saha has his moments don’t get me wrong but can wander off in games and is seldom fit. In Huntelaar Everton would have a great striker who could play upfront with someone and provide goals. One thing the Dutch international has done all his career is score goals. Whilst I do not wish to attempt to compare the rigours of the Eredivisie to the Premier League, 76 in 92 appearances for Ajax is sensational. Furthermore 15 goals in 30 caps for the Holland national side is not to be snubbed.
It’s a known fact it’s harder to score in Italy than England. The tactics employed by coaches and the football philosophy in Serie A differs much from the Premier League. Huntelaar was never going to hit the heights of his Ajax career in Italy. At Madrid it seems they never fancied him anyway but still signed him. That’s Real Madrid all over for you.
With international team mate John Hetinga already at the club, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar may be persuaded to join Everton’s ranks. I don’t think Milan has much desire to keep hold of him and he is much more suited to the English game. Whilst expectation for performances would be high, the 26 yr old would not be under the kind of insane pressure he was under at Real Madrid or Milan. Everton fans would give him time to adjust and settle into the team.
There is no doubt Huntelaar would cost David Moyes a fair few bob, probably his entire transfer budget. But Everton need a striker in the Huntelaar mould desperately. Huntelaar needs this too to get his once high stock back to where it should be.
You can follow all Matthew Balmforth’s blogs on twitter:http://twitter.com/Soccer_Opinion