Can a Madrid wonderkid flourish and do Swansea City have a player to save their skins? David Kraakman is going to tell us
Luciano Narsingh: PSV to Swansea City
After eight years of Eredivisie football, right winger Luciano Narsingh has left PSV Eindhoven for Premier League side Swansea City. The relegation-battling Welsh team has purchased Narsingh for €4.6M, which is basically peanuts in the current frenzied transfer market.
With the Dutchman, The Swans are buying a player who possesses pace and good technical abilities when on the ball. A downside to Narsingh’s game, though, is when he’s off the ball. His defensive contribution is considered as weak-point and could be a problem for Swansea as they’re the side that doesn’t tend to dominate possession.
At 26-years-of-age, this is a pivotal moment in Narsingh’s career. Swansea is crying out for someone to keep them up and if Narsingh can be the saviour, the future looks bright.
Riechedly Bazoer: Ajax to VFL Wolfsburg
Back in 2012, Manchester City and Ajax were trying to lure Riechedly Bazoer away from PSV. Bazoer, at the time just 16-years-old, was predicted to have a great career. Ajax eventually managed to pick up the powerful midfielder, leading to anger against the PSV leadership.
Ajax thought they had signed a future Dutch world-beater, and although Bazoer has shown glimpses of his potential, the now 20-year-old hasn’t been able to fully flourish with disciplinary reasons being at fault most of the times. It led to him being a bit of an outcast this season.
VFL Wolfsburg have chosen to take advantage of the situation and splash out €13M on the Dutchman. A good investment or a bad gamble? Time will tell.
Martin Ödegaard: Real Madrid to Sc Heerenveen
It’s not often that you will see Real Madrid and Sc Heerenveen being named in the same transfer, yet, this January window it happened. The subject of all talk was Norwegian ‘wonderkid’ Martin Ödegaard (18), who has been loaned out to De Superfriezen for the remainder of the season.
At first sight it might be an odd move, however, after taking a closer look the switch seems sensible. Firstly, Heerenveen is a club that traditionally suits Scandinavian players well, prime examples being Alfred Finnbogason, Jon Dahl Tomasson and current player Sam Larsson. Secondly, the Eredivisie has a reputation of being a perfect league for youngsters to develop.
If Ödegaard can benefit from both factors, it will give him some much needed first-team experience.
Oussama Assaidi: Free agent to FC Twente
When Oussama Assaidi made his dream transfer to Liverpool in the summer of 2012, many people doubted if it was the right move. The doubts were mainly directed on whether the fragile winger could cope with the physicality of the Premier League. The answer to that question came in 2015 when Assaidi left England for Al-Ahli having only appeared a combined 32 times for Liverpool and Stoke City.
This transfer window, the Moroccan has decided on a return to the country of his breakthrough to revive his career. And still being just 28-years-old, Assaidi can become a real coup for FC Twente. In the Eredivisie, unlike in the EPL, Assaidi’s magic on the ball can come to the surface once again.