Johnny Heitinga moves on again

, 23 June, 2comments  |  Jump to most recent
John Heitinga has completed a move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. The Dutchman joined Fulham from Everton in January this year on a short-term deal and has moved on from Craven Cottage following the Cottagers' relegation from the Premier League.

Heitinga told his new club's official site: "I'm looking forward to Hertha." Hertha Berlin will be the 30-year-old defender's first taste of Bundesliga football. Heitinga started his career at the esteemed Ajax youth academy and progressed through the ranks into the club's first team.

He joined Atletico Madrid in 2008 before moving on to Everton in 2009. At international level Heitinga has earned 87 caps for the Netherlands, scoring seven times.

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Karl Masters
1 Posted 02/07/2014 at 00:02:10
He played well until 2012 when he lost his place and could not get it back due to Distin and Jags. Player of the Year once. Some fans have very short memories!

My personal favourite moment was him banging home that spot kick in the FA Cup penalty shoot out at Stamford Bridge and then 'accidentally' knocking into Ashley Cole coming over to take Chelsea's next penalty. Totally threw Cole who subsequently missed. Great piece of psychology and seeing it used on Cashley made it even sweeter.

Trevor Lynes
2 Posted 03/07/2014 at 19:34:08
Heitinga is, in my opinion, the worst Dutch international I have ever seen – and I have seen lots of Dutch teams. He is really slow, shirks blocks, and cannot head the ball!! He must have been okay before we took him but IMO he should never have won that players award as I have never seen him play a decent game in an EFC shirt.

Distin is yards faster than him and can give him about 6 years. He was taken to the cleaners by every big, fast striker he came up against. He gave away dangerous free kicks as his timing in the tackle was really poor. His supposed distribution skills were never in evidence IMO.

I truly cannot see any plusses and he would be listed amongst our worst buys. No-one opposed us when we bought him and none of the top clubs showed any interest in buying him whilst we had him!! Perhaps he is a nice guy but, after all, he is supposed to be a professional footballer!!!!

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