Date: 28th June 2008 at 1:56pm
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is apparently a Manchester United target after refusing to agree to a new contract with Ajax. The Amsterdam club wished to install a minimum release clause of 25 million euros which was too high for Huntelaar.

Let’s face it: no club in their right mind would pay that amount for the Dutch goalgetter. He’s hardly the next Marco van Basten despite all the speculation about him. I just don’t think it’s a coincidence he hasn’t been snapped up yet.

My problem with Huntelaar is simple and that’s why I don’t like most messageboards where people think he’s the next Van Basten or Van Nistelrooy. He’s not: he’s quite slow, not very strong in the air, not too skilled and his overall contribution leaves a lot to be desired. He’s not a skilful, mobile player at all.

His only real strength is his finishing which is deadly and which makes him easily the best marksman in the Dutch league. But it’s the Dutch league, mind you, with a goal average over 3 goals per game. I seriously doubt if he could do any better than playing for a mid-table team in a major league.