Some quick and brief opinions on Mike van der Hoorn, the Ajax defender that we look set to sign for around £2m
Thanks to the Vital Football network and some internet searching, we’ve got some opinions on Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn – who we’re expected to sign this week.
Swansea City have managed to sign the 23 year-old defender for just £2m, but you have to wonder how much quality and potential he has if the Dutch side are happy to sell him for such a low fee.
Well, the opinions vary, but unfortunately it seems that Ajax fans are mostly happy to see him leave, and doubt he has the ability to match the challenge of the Premier League.
With help from the Vital Football network, we gained the thoughts of Frank – who’s based in Holland. He told us:
‘He was with Ajax and scored some pretty vital goals. I recall a season or so that he came off the bench when Ajax were drawing with a lowly team that everyone expected them to beat and he scored two goals in the last five minutes and Ajax won 2-0!
He has ability of this there is little doubt and he has also scored for Ajax in Europe I seem to recall. In fact I was quite surprised when he was placed on the transfer list.’
Here are some other opinions from Ajax fans via message forums (some are rough translations):
‘Peter Bosz wants, compared to De Boer, play in a more attacking styles with his defenders being lively and dynamic in the field play. When having that mission and more ambitions than we had the past years, a slow, listless guy like Mike vd Hoorn is the very first you want to get rid off.’
‘A bit surprised a Premier club signs him not sure he will play regularly but we will see.Good luck to him.’
‘Fine news that Van der Hoorn is sold! An apparent defender, who admittedly has a few important goals managed to score but the times that De Boer put him in the forefront I would still prefer to crawl under a rock.’
‘He is relatively tall but anything but physically strong and not useful in duels. I think the average Premier League striker is not bad & will sleep if he should play against Mike.’
We’re guessing that that last comment which is poorly translated, means that Premier League strikers won’t be too worried going up against van der Hoorn?
Judging from these comments and reading some others, it looks like van der Hoorn will come in as fourth choice, and will need to develop his game further at Swansea City to earn a first team place. A decent enough replacement for Kyle Bartley who has been linked with a loan move to Garry Monk’s Leeds United.