Sign Them Up!

Ok the striker train is now chugging away full steam ahead. I’ve managed to track down a number of attackers who can play as centre forward and on the wings. I’ll save some for later editions though.

Wesley Verhoek

The former Feyenoord man can play either wing although he favors the right side. A lot of experience playing in the Eredivisie yet still only 28 years of age. Given his pedigree he’d be on the more expensive side of the non-marquee ledger. He has assisted or scored around 60 goals in the Dutch top flight.

Michiel Hemmen

At 193cm and 88kg Hemmen is a powerfully built striker with a good goal scoring record in Holland. He has played mostly in the Dutch second division but has Eredivisie experience with a respectable strike rate in that competition too. Despite his size, the 28 year old doesn’t rely on his head for goals. He is comfortable with the ball and has a good work rate which sees him put pressure on the defence without the ball.

Vitali Balashov

The 24 year old former Ukraine youth international is a pacy left winger who can take on and beat players. Seventy eight appearances in the Ukraine top flight for Chornomorets -playing a direct part in 19 goals – is a good experience for a player his age. Could be an exciting player and has resale value.

Nebojša Kosović

Still only 20 years old, the central midfielder from Montenegro was bought by Belgian side Standard Liege but loaned out to Hungarian side Ujpest the last couple of seasons. A nice shot, moves into good positions, and can pick a pass be it a through ball or long ball. And yes, that age again makes it an investment opportunity.

Vasilios Pliatsikas

This Greek international has played in the top flight of three countries (Greece, Germany, and Ukraine). At 27, the defensive midfielder would represent the higher end within cap signings but he has a good enough pedigree to justify it. Can play at either full back position so offers versatility. He could see an Aleague move as a chance to resurrect his career after a quiet 2014/2015.


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