Having signed promising outfield players such as Mehdi Abeid, Curtis Good and Gael Bigirimana in recent times, it looks as though our highly skilled scouting team could be on the prowl for a young goalkeeper to grace St James’ Park in a few years time.
With Steve Harper nearing the twilight of his professional career and Tim Krul being susceptible to injury in recent times, the start of this season has highlighted the need for a new keeper to provide healthy competition for our Dutch stopper.
In fact, the player in contention for a move to the North East is also from The Low Countries. Jeroen Zoet, formerly of PSV but currently on loan at RKC Waalwijk, has attracted the attention of the club following impressive performances for club and country.
Chief scout Graham Carr and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman were in Rotterdam to watch Zoet play for the Netherlands U21 team against Slovakia, a game in which he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory.
The 21 year old is yet to make an appearance for Dutch giants PSV, but his performances for Waalwijk and the U21s have certainly caught the eye. So much so, Louis van Gaal has already called him up for the senior squad, providing him with much needed experience training with the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie.
Having made such a successful acquisition in the form of Tim Krul, it seems only sensible to go back and swoop for another goalkeeper from a nation which seems to be producing fantastic goalies. Michel Vorm, Maarten Stekelenburg and Edwin van der Sar are just a few other examples of world class keepers coming out of Holland.
Having embarked on an economical transfer policy in which investing for the future is a key element, continuing our pursuit for Zoet appears a wise decision. It would add much needed depth to the squad whilst implementing some healthy competition for the number one shirt in the team. With that in mind, I’m convinced that the young Dutchman is definitely someone to look out for in the coming months.
What do you think?