Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Why Is Everyone Keen On Huntelaar?

Why Is Everyone Keen On Huntelaar?

Ask the average United fan about Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - and they'd possibly say that we must sign him!

United lost Smith and Rossi over the summer, Rooney fractured his foot in the first game, Tevez is still not playing to his potential and Saha has just returned. This state of events led many to urge Fergie to sign an out-and-out striker, with Dimitar Berbatov, Nicolas Anelka and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar being the usual suspects.

The first one, signing Tottenham's Bulgarian was unrealistic and I don't want Nicolas Anelka! But I think that most fans' favourite was Huntelaar and even last summer, when Ruud was sold, many expressed their desire to see another Dutch hitman in the team. I visited even some Italian, German and American United fan sites and the Huntelaar-fans were usually in overwhelming majority.

Now former United striker Andy Ritchie joined the United-need-a-No.-9.-campaign.

'To put it bluntly, he is a goalscorer,' he said. 'Whenever you read or hear Ajax's results, it is always Huntelaar's name that's on the scoresheet. He seems to score goals for fun. He's a bit like a Ruud van Nistelrooy in that respect.

'If United are still struggling to score goals come mid-season then I'd certainly look on him as an answer in January, or even if Sir Alex Ferguson wants to strengthen that department anyway.

'The one thing is that the United manager knows exactly what he is doing and will make the right decision.'


So why is Huntelaar considered such a great prospect? Well, his goals speak for themselves of course. It's true that he's scoring goals for fun but what is important is whether he would be able to uphold such form at United?

Well, I watched him quite often to see if he's that good. Mainly in UEFA Cup and Champions League games but caught a few Dutch league matches, too.

First, I'd say that he's a poor man's Van Nistelrooy. He has less pace than Ruud in his prime and to be honest, he's not displayed too much footballing intelligence on the pitch. United's style is based on pace and movement and in both areas, Huntelaar has his deficiencies.

His killer instincts in front of goal can't be denied but will that be enough in the Premiership? Such a player can really hold the team back if marked well - and I hate to admit but often it was the case with Ruud, mostly in his last two seasons. Do we want to be predictable again?

If we accept that we need a 20-goal-a-season man (though none of the top scorers' of the league champions since the 2003/04 Arsenal team reached 20 goals in the Premiership...) I'd say go for someone who either possesses great pace or offers fantastic vision, an ability to create space for his team-mates. Huntelaar is neither therefore I don't think he's good enough.

If we indeed sign him later and he turns out to be a big hit (or will be a big hit somewhere else at a really big club), I'll humbly eat my words on these pages.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Zae
Date:Friday September 14 2007
Time: 2:57PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
its the media.. mostly the reporter wil ask the manager, "what about the links to hunterlaar" the said manager, looks abit confused(not reported) but will recover and ans, "i think he's a nice bloke who can make it big." the reporter will have a juicy headline the nextday "arsenal/chelsea/manutd/liverpool/maderid desperate to sign "nice bloke"hunterlaar"" or "hunterlaar wil make it big at inter/acmilan/bayern/newcastle/roma/barca"
korodon
14/09/2007 15:05:00
0
you seem to be missing the point, he's not a poor mans van nistelroy, he i s a young mans van nistelrooy.
Mike Forest.
14/09/2007 15:08:00
0
Nice article. I'm a Orient fan. Huntelaar is quality on football manager and i've seen him a bit late night on channel 5 and is deadly in front of goal. Much better then Saha
mattdiner
14/09/2007 16:09:00
0
But korodon, that does not explain why the fans want him so badly. I agree that he's not the answer for our supposed problems in attack - though I firmly believe that our attacking force is good enough, thank you very much.
midlothian99
14/09/2007 16:51:00
0
Yeah, he's great in Football Manager but that does not mean he'll be a world beater :-)
midlothian99
14/09/2007 16:51:00
0
the fans want him becuz of the hype..how many have actually seen him play? zero. managers dun really want to sign him why? becuz they have seen him play...
korodon
15/09/2007 12:08:00
0
and he's not ready yet..
korodon
15/09/2007 12:08:00
0
He scores goals in Holland but so did Mateja Kezman and look how he did in the Premier League!
merlin
16/09/2007 19:11:00
0
Yeah but Chelsea is a tomb of quality players :-) Just look at Robben :-)
midlothian99
16/09/2007 19:59:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Lose Out on Forest Teenager

And apologies for an error are offered!

United Trio Named in Allardyce`s First England Squad

As England prepare to start their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign.

Premier League Predictions From A Neutral

Alex Roberts is back, and this time he's turned pundit and given his Premier League predictions for 2016/17.

Premier League Deals So Far In 2016/17

Well it's almost that time of the year again, only a final few days to go before the closure of the summer transfer window for 2016/17, and with the international break...

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Hull (a)
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea11%
Valencia5%
Blind7%
Bailly2%
Shaw0%
Fellaini2%
Mata0%
Pogba2%
Rooney5%
Martial0%
Ibrahimovic0%
Rashford57%
Mkhitaryan7%
Smalling2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Chelsea 3 3 0 0 9 5
3 Man Utd 3 3 0 0 9 5
4 Everton 3 2 1 0 7 2
5 Hull City 3 2 0 1 6 2
6 Middlesbrough 3 1 2 0 5 1
7 Spurs 3 1 2 0 5 1
8 Arsenal 3 1 1 1 4 1
9 Leicester City 3 1 1 1 4 0
10 WBA 3 1 1 1 4 0
11 Liverpool 3 1 1 1 4 -1
12 West Ham 3 1 0 2 3 -2
13 Burnley 3 1 0 2 3 -2
14 Swansea 3 1 0 2 3 -2
15 Southampton 3 0 2 1 2 -2
16 Sunderland 3 0 1 2 1 -2
17 Crystal Palace 3 0 1 2 1 -2
18 Watford 3 0 1 2 1 -3
19 AFC Bournemouth 3 0 1 2 1 -3
20 Stoke 3 0 1 2 1 -4
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.TheFamousNo73
2.ForeverUnited1