Crystal Palace should look to bring NAC Breda youngster Sydney van Hoojidonk to Selhurst Park to aid their goalscoring woes and allow the teenage Eagles fan the chance to realise his dream of playing for the club.
The 18-year-old recently sat down with his father and former Premier League striker Pierre van Hoojidonk, where he revealed his admiration for the south London club.
Speaking to Vi, van Hoojidonk junior said: “It all started the season Liverpool could finally become champions again, with Suarez and Sturridge and all that. They lost the title at Palace, after a 3-0 lead. That impressed me so much. I’ve always followed them. That stadium, those fanatical fans; I really like that. Every winter break, I go to England with friends to visit competitions.
“I hope to play for Crystal Palace myself. I already received the shirt from my friends for my birthdays”.
It’s all well and good wanting to play for the club you support, I’m sure almost every one of us would love to play for our respective clubs, but there is an actual argument for signing the youngster in terms of what he could offer on the pitch for Palace.
van Hoojidonk is only just breaking into the NAC Breda first-team, and has played just 14 minutes of senior football so far this season. However, his form in the youth ranks has been particularly eye-catching.
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In 14 appearances for both the Under-19 and Under-21 side at NAC Breda, he has hit nine goals and impressed massively. Roy Hodgson’s Palace haven’t had a striker score a league goal from open play for them since January – almost a whole year.
Only Huddersfield have scored less goals in the Premier League this season that the Eagles; something must be done if they are to retain their top-flight status.