The 19-year-old, who was mentioned as being a potential Blues target during the January transfer window, has scored 14 times in 24 starts in the Eredivisie this season and four for the Dutch club in 10 Europa League games, seven of them being starts.
Tabloid reports suggest that Everton are looking to step up their interest in Dolberg and could have had their chances enhanced by quotes attributed to the young Dane where he indicated that he would view a move to one of the Manchester clubs as being "too big a step".
Dolberg is valued at around £20m and has also been targeted by clubs in the Bundesliga according to speculation.
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1 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:58:04
Koeman did say though that he does not want many more youngsters and will be targeting players in the 25-29 range. Hopefully he'll keep an open mind.
2 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:19:22
Gee, no pressure there, eh?
3 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:30:28
He is a super talent like and I'd love us to take the punt on him but we don't need to be putting any unnecessary pressure on a 19-year-old young lads shoulders!
We'll have to see what the summer brings?!
4 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:07:01
It's probably not helpful ascribing such labels and the chances are reasonable that he'll simply be the next 'Bendtner'!
My point is more that we are unlikely to get established world class stars but are better off taking some well informed risks on players who look like they have the potential to reach the highest levels.
5 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:29:38
The only hesitation I have is that I've only seen highlights of the Dutch League occasionally, it's on Sky Sports, and it looks weaker than ever. Dirk Kuyt scored over 70 league goals in the three season before he joined Liverpool. That Brazilian fella that bBoro bought a few years back, Alfonso Alves, for over £15m, scored 50 in 40 or something crazy and then couldn't score at all in the Premier League. So the League must be taken with a pinch of salt.
But all the big clubs are looking at this kid, he's perhaps the hottest teenage property right now. It's a coup to sign him and he should be a good replacement for Rom, when the inevitable happens. He seems like for like to me. Sell Rom for £70m and bring this kid in for £20m and still have £50m to strengthen the rest of the side plus whatever Moshiri is able to give us.
6 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:30:27
7 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:39:13
8 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:50:25
9 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:15:54
10 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:21:51
Okay, there are exceptions we know but spending big money on these young strikers is a huge gamble. Once Man Utd become involved you just know the fee will be over inflated.
11 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:01:32
12 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:04:48
13 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:20:56
14 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:42:25
15 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:02:19
"It's too easy to tell people we have a lot of players ready for the first team because it's not the case.
"Now we have enough young players in the squad. We need more players in the age bracket 26-29 to improve.
"We stay open to young players as well but little by little. Not too fast."
I've obviously slightly paraphrased but it seems his focus may be on the 26-29 bracket.
16 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:11:11
I guess this lad from Ajax doesn't fit that bill though.
17 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:12:11
18 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:16:03
19 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:28:05
20 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:48:05
21 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:24:49
22 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:09:43
Anyway, if Koeman thinks he's good enough it'll do me.
23 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:24:46
24 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:40:12
We are, as we have been for a while now, a team offering 'two birds in the bush' rather than one in the hand. Players who show potential but the money clubs aren't willing to take a risk on are a decent punt for us.
Likewise Everton being a club knocking on the door of the 'Sky (insert required number here)' are a good risk for a player needing minutes in a top league to prove themselves.
I imagine players like Dolberg are the real transfer targets for the next few windows. Players who we take a risk on and they take a risk on us.
Hopefully with the right blend of risks those players won't need to move on after proving their potential as there would be nowhere higher to move to!
(Incidentally I've heard a rumour that 'two birds in the bush' had something to do with Barkley getting lamped the other week!)
25 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:04:32
And if Rom leaves, then they will have the money to bid for him and the likelihood of a partnership with Calvert-Lewin would be mouth-watering.
26 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:19:06
27 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:27:20
Simonsen is a blast from the past, Tom! Attacking Danes coming out of the Dutch league have been a mixed bag. Simonsen was great, Gronkjaer started well but faded, similar with Jesper Olsen. Dahl Tomasson was crap but had a Deulofeu-like resurrection at Inter. Dennis Rasmussen was crap too but I thought he was crap even before the Premier League.
28 Posted 04/05/2017 at 00:29:43
29 Posted 04/05/2017 at 02:44:32
No matter who we're linked with or who we buy, some people will be over the moon while others will be underwhelmed.
"We're all ongoing on a summer holiday" good old Cliff tune to start the day...
30 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:37:24
You seem to have a good knowledge of Danish players. But as a Dane I need to step in here. Simonsen was obviously great and was European footballer of the year. But he never played in the Dutch league. His career was in the Bundesliga and with Barcelona. When he was replaced by Maradona he had a short spell with Charlton.
Tomásson was crap with Newcastle but had a quite good career in Europe. He had an unbelievable goal instinct and was called Mr Sidefoot because of all the sidefooted goals he scored inside the box. By the way he never played for Inter but for Milan.
Agree about Olsen and Groenkjaer. But who is Dennis Rasmussen? Don't even know the name.
And Dolberg. Would love him at Everton.
31 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:44:00
32 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:15:47
Didn't both the Laudrups play for Ajax late on? (Granted, they went to Holland rather than coming from there but they were both very good.)
33 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:25:42
He is big & tall, and will only get stronger.
Keep Lukaku for one for season if we can and have Dolberg making impact off the bench, and starting a few too.
If Lukaku does go, we need to get in a more experienced premier league player.
Even though they don't have that much experience, I think Perez or Iheanacho are our best options.
I think it's vital to keep Lukaku for one more season, to ensure we can attract bigger names.
But if we don't, it will be a Gareth Bale situation where we will get a lot in. Although I do trust Koeman & Walsh to do it right!
34 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:26:57
Morten 'Duncan' Rasmussen played for Celtic for a while but never played in Holland. I liked him because his nickname was Duncan after our Duncan. Not many Danish players got nicknames from Everton players in the nineties.
Both Laudrup brothers had a short spell with Ajax in the end of their careers.
35 Posted 04/05/2017 at 12:16:48
36 Posted 04/05/2017 at 13:44:32
Sorry I was typing in a rain storm quicker than my brain could think. Not sure why I put Inter versus AC (maybe cause I see Inter as the Everton of Italy?). Yes, Romedahl, not Rasmussen.
37 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:03:09
Perhaps a final against Man Utd (if they get there) would show how many of them are really up to Premier League standard.
Is anyone else out there hoping that Liverpool get 4th spot and then have their Champions League place taken away by Man Utd winning the Europa League?!
38 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:05:25
39 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:18:19
Wouldn't there just be five in the Champions League?
40 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:25:26
41 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:34:05
Whichever team finishes 4th will not lose their Champions League place if Man Utd win the Europa League. Just means that England would have 5 clubs in it next season.
42 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:05:51
Incidentally, this event would have meant that 7th place was no longer a Europa League spot meaning Liverpool would enter the Europa league at the expense of ourselves most likely.
43 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:11:19
If Manchester United win the Europa League and finish in the top four, then England will have four teams in the Champions League, with Manchester United's Europa League triumph effectively counting for nothing.
Given last weekend's results, it looks like either situation will not adversely affect our neighbours more's the pity.
44 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:18:34
45 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:29:36
Seven clubs in Europe, maximum. Five in the Champions League and two in the Europa League.
Not sure if it would change when Everton enter the Europa League though. I presume it wouldn't.
46 Posted 04/05/2017 at 21:47:00
In terms of how Koeman liked his players, and style of play, Rashford is i-denti-kit.
47 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:33:34
48 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:40:20
I also like the look of Bas Dost, good with his head and knows where the onion bag is.
49 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:07:29
Should Manchester United win the Europa League we along with Arsenal gain entry at the group stage. Finishing above them would help should Man Utd lose in the Europa League and Arsenal also lose the FA Cup Final. Yeah, okay that's all happening! 😜
50 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:57:36
Man Utd want Rom then it should be Rashford and Martial plus what, £20M?
51 Posted 05/05/2017 at 13:44:36
Dolberg's performance last night probably added a few million to the price tag. But he defo looks our sort of player.
52 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:00:17
Rashford has in the last month been off-the-charts good. Totally committed, skillful as well as rapid and team-orientated. Him, Willian and Bolaise up front... .
53 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:36:35
54 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:59:36
As regards Koeman focusing on 26-29 year old players what's different about that? Except for Calvert-Lewin and Lookman all the players we bought this season were in that age range, plus most of those we were after (Sissoko, Witsel etc), so no change there. Hopefully he'll open up his eyes a bit and realise if someone is good enough he's old enough.
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