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Dolberg revived as striker plays down Manchester links

| Wednesday, 03 May 2017  54 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are again being linked with exciting young Ajax striker, Kasper Dolberg who continues to attract attention with his impressive goalscoring record.

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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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:58:04
This is the sort of player I want. Very highly rated European youngster who might just be the next Bergkamp. We can offer more minutes on the pitch than the bigger clubs and that could give us an upper hand with right minded players who value experience and development over bags of cash (sure they'll get pretty well paid either way!)

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.

Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:19:22
The next Bergkamp?

Gee, no pressure there, eh?

Aidy Dews
3 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:30:28
Hmm, big claim is that, the next Bergkamp! I wouldn't even put a name on him cos if we did sign him the Evertonians that don't know too much about him will be expecting some super talent that will come and hit it straight off.

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?!

Sam Hoare
4 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:07:01
The key words are 'might be'!!

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.

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:29:38
I've only heard good things about this lad. From what I've seen, he looks the real deal. He is big and strong. He is quick. He is good on the ball. He seems good in the air. He plays it off short and combines well. He seems composed and has an eye for goal.

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.

Steve Ferns
6 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:30:27
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:39:13
Peter Roberts
8 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:50:25
On the flip side, Steve, several players have come over from the Dutch league and made a major success of it here. Suarez, Kuyt, Tadic to name but three. Kevin Strootman who plies his trade at Roma began life at Sparta Rotterdam and would command fees above €30m.
Winston Williamson
9 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:15:54
I think he'd work well with Lukaku.
Tom Bowers
10 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:21:51
I am not sold on the exploits of players in Holland and a few other countries, even Scotland, as they are leagues dominated by the same teams almost every season and the rest provide poor opposition.

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.

Mike Berry
11 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:01:32
Come to Everton lad, by the time you have made "the next step" Everton will be in the Champions League, and at a new stadium so you wont need to move anywhere, your at the zenith!
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:04:48
Ironic we are embracing this guy for saying he's not ready for a "big" club "yet." If he's ready in two years, will we slaughter him for using us as a stepping stone?
Paul Kelly
13 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:20:56
Like the look of this lad, wouldn't complain if we brought him in. Good touch (but shouldn't they all) , eye for goal, (as should any striker) . What's not to like and if it's good enough for Mr Hoare ( more knowledge on upcoming European talent than I have on Everton players) then it's good enough for me.
Shane Corcoran
14 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:42:25
When did Koeman say that he didn't want any more youngsters?
Sam Hoare
15 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:02:19
Shane, this was a recent quote from Koeman in response to us winning the Premier League 2 trophy:

"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.

Shane Corcoran
16 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:11:11
Thanks Sam. Interesting. He's probably right although I guess that doesn't mean we won't recruit some youngsters for the U-23 squad.

I guess this lad from Ajax doesn't fit that bill though.

Andrew Ellams
17 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:12:11
Kieran Kinsella, exactly my first thought when I read this story. But then I guess the ball is now in the Moshiri/Koeman court to make this a club people can win medals at and play Champions League.
Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:16:03
The next Bergkamp? Has he been seen at JLA?
Andrew Ellams
19 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:28:05
I'm don't think Koeman is going to dismiss anybody purely on age though. If a player is first team ready at 19 bring him in.
Brian Williams
20 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:48:05
I've just come through security at JLA and a limo driver was standing holding a sign up with "Dolberg" on it. He was next to a fella with a sign with "Riquelme" on it mind.
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:24:49
Good 'un Brian!
Brian Keating
22 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:09:43
Watched the YouTube video, he does a lot of fancy little tricks to make up for the fact that he has no left foot at all. I'll never understand how that can happen with a professional footballer.

Anyway, if Koeman thinks he's good enough it'll do me.

Tom Bowers
23 Posted 03/05/2017 at 18:24:46
Dolberg just scored a cracker against Lyon.
Andy King
24 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:40:12
Cracking point made by Kieran (which is honestly why I won't slaughter Lukaku IF he leaves for Chelsea in the summer).

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!)

Tom Bowers
25 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:04:32
Actually I was impressed with the Dane Dolberg today against Lyon. He does have a footballing brain and reminds me of Alan Simoenson a previous great from Denmark.

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.

James Stewart
26 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:19:06
Quality player I would take Traore off them as well. He should be insisted on if it's Chelsea in for Rom.
Kieran Kinsella
27 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:27:20
I didn't see the Lyon game but it's certainly encouraging to hear the reports.

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.

Anthony Dwyer
28 Posted 04/05/2017 at 00:29:43
I've said "Go and get Dolberg" for a while now;l great finisher who can score every type of goal Reminds me of Robbie Fowler.
Mark Andersson
29 Posted 04/05/2017 at 02:44:32
Just watched the YouTube link, thanks for sharing. This lad seems to have a good first touch, although I did notice he plays better in red than blue. The next transfer window will show us exactly where Everton under Koeman are going.

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...

Henrik Lyngsie
30 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:37:24
Kieran (#27),

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.

Peter Gorman
31 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:44:00
Must mean Dennis Rommedahl.
Dominic Tonge
32 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:15:47
Did you mean the lad who played at Celtic for a bit ? I think his name was Morten though.

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.)

Gareth Clark
33 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:25:42
Perfect for the club!

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!

Henrik Lyngsie
34 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:26:57
Agree Rommedal was crap.

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.

Peter Roberts
35 Posted 04/05/2017 at 12:16:48
On the subject of Danes, let's not forget one currently supply Harry Kane: Christian Eriksen. He also came through at Ajax.
Kieran Kinsella
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.

Sam Hoare
37 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:03:09
Yeah, there's a few of those young Ajax starlets I'd have a good look at. Dolberg, Ziyech, Traore, Klaassen, Riedewald. Looks a very strong crop and beating a decent Lyon side 4-1 is no mean feat.

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?!

Kieran Kinsella
38 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:05:25
I've quite enjoyed the CL this year as Monaco and Ajax have made a mockery of this notion that we would be better off with a super league of entitled teams from England, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Shane Corcoran
39 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:18:19
Sam, I don't think that can happen any more can it?

Wouldn't there just be five in the Champions League?

Sam Hoare
40 Posted 04/05/2017 at 14:25:26
Perhaps, Shane... I'm not totally clear on the rules. Maybe they've changed it again.
Brian Harrison
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.

Tim Drake
42 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:05:51
I believe the only way 4th place would not have been a Champions League spot would be if Man Utd had won the Europa League (and finished outside the top 4) and Leicester City had won the Champions League. This would mean the Premier leagues 5 entrants were the top 3, Man Utd and Leicester City.

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.

Patrick Murphy
43 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:11:19
If Man Utd win the Europa League and don't finish in the top four, then five English teams will qualify for the Champions League.

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.

Andrew Ellams
44 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:18:34
So if Man Utd are the 5th club in the Champions League, will WBA qualify for the Europa League? And will that mean us finishing 7th would only play in one qualifying round instead of two and starting in July?
Shane Corcoran
45 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:29:36
Andrew, no, I don't think so.

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.

John Pierce
46 Posted 04/05/2017 at 21:47:00
Dolberg is gifted, but if Man Utd want Rom, it's Rashford plus change in return.

In terms of how Koeman liked his players, and style of play, Rashford is i-denti-kit.

Brian Wilkinson
47 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:33:34
I feel a petition coming up from our neighbours if Man Utd win the Europa League and our neighbours finish 5th.
Brian Wilkinson
48 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:40:20
Seems a decent prospect.

I also like the look of Bas Dost, good with his head and knows where the onion bag is.

John Pierce
49 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:07:29
We are ranked 3rd by the Uefa co-efficient. The playoff round for the Europa Leagues states that one entrant from the domestic cup winners association 1-12 and 5th placed entrant from association 1-3.

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! 😜

Alan J Thompson
50 Posted 05/05/2017 at 10:57:36
John (#46);

Man Utd want Rom then it should be Rashford and Martial plus what, £20M?

Martin Reppion
51 Posted 05/05/2017 at 13:44:36
John/Alan, dream on. Manchester will not let Rashford go. He gets better every time I see him. He has added a swagger to his game that comes with increased confidence. I'd love to see him play for us. But won't hold my breath waiting.

Dolberg's performance last night probably added a few million to the price tag. But he defo looks our sort of player.

John Pierce
52 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:00:17
Martin, you are in all likelihood right but, it would be wrong of the club not to try if (and I stress 'if') Man Utd want Rom.

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... .

Jeff Armstrong
53 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:36:35
Kieran (#38), don't forget Leicester.
Kevin Dyer
54 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:59:36
The lad looks quality. £20m is an absolute steal with the potential he has. Looks a playmaker forward to me, so the early comparison with Bergkamp is not off the mark. Hope we go for him because in a couple of years we may look pretty stupid if we miss out.

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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