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Why Leicester City target Arek Milik could star at Euros?

Unfortunately the Netherlands will not be at the European Championships this summer, but that doesn’t mean there is no interest for Dutch fans. A player I expect to breakthrough in France is Arkadiusz Milik, who regular watchers of the Eredivisie will know is a huge talent. He will be leading the line for Poland, alongside the world class striker that is Robert Lewandowski. Although many will see the Bayern striker as the key man for the Poles, it could be Milik’s goals that propel them to have a good tournament. Opposition teams will be so focused on preventing Lewandowski from getting clear cut chances leading to space being left for Milik and that will allow the Ajax striker to thrive says Jake Jackman.

Ajax lost the league title on the final day in unfortunate fashion, but there is a core of youngsters with huge potential. Milik is one of those and he is approaching a crossroads in his career, as a move to a bigger league looks to be on the horizon. In recent days, the English press have linked the striker to Premier League champions Leicester City. It is a move that makes sense for both parties, but Milik’s camp may be keen to weigh up their options after the European Championships, as there is a chance that he could attract interest from bigger clubs.

For those that haven’t seen the Pole in action, he is an exciting forward, with anticipation and the ability to get shots away, even when tightly marked being two of his most impressive attributes. He has scored all sorts of goals in the Eredivisie, from headers, close range finishes, long range goals and direct free kicks. There is more to his game than just goals though, as he looks to bring the midfield into the game, as displayed by his seven assists in the league. Since joining Ajax, his technical ability has risen significantly, as you would expect given the reputation of the club’s coaching staff.

His goal record for the national team is excellent, as he has found the net ten times in 24 caps, continuing his form from the Polish youth sides. He scored the opening goal in his country’s first ever win over Germany, showing that he can compete with the best players in the world. The fact that Milik partners arguably the best striker in the world for the national team is a huge help. He is learning from the best, while the pressure to perform isn’t as high. The stage is set for Poland to have a great Euros, being drawn in Group C alongside Germany, Northern Ireland and Ukraine. They should be confident of qualifying from that group and will be confident in all three matches. If they do have a good tournament, it could be Milik and not Lewandowski who turns out to be the star.

It’s easy to see why Leicester City are trying to get a deal done early for the Polish star, if reports are accurate. He is a young player, with lots of potential, who has a long term future at Champions League level. The 22-year-old would instantly improve their starting eleven and could form a deadly partnership with Jamie Vardy. However, they will also know that if they leave it until after the Euros, they could be beaten to his signature by a bigger outfit. Every single tournament there are a group of young players that breakout, and I expect Arkadiusz Milik to be one of those this summer.


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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 6


Welcome to week six of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition.  All players have performed so well this weekend that Martijn Hilhorst and Will Burns have decided they should be in our team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.



SERGIO PADT – FC GRONINGEN: Commanding performance from the young goalie in Groningen’s 2-0 win over AZ.


GURAM KASHIA – VITESSE: Clean sheet and a goal for the big Georgian leading his side to a 3-0 win over De Graafschap.

WESSEL DAMMERS – SC CAMBUUR: Formerly a striker, Big Wessel was vital in at back for Cambuur, winning 11 challenges and five headers in the 0-0 draw against FC Twente.

JOP VAN DER LINDEN – AZ ALKMAAR: His side lost 2-0 to FC Groningen and if it were not Jop, it could have been a lot worse – won three aerial battles and victorious in six tackles.

RICK KARSDORP – FEYENOORD: The young right-back picked up another assist for Michiel Kramer’s goal in Feyenoord’s disappointing 1-1 draw at Roda.

MARK-JAN FLEDDERUS – HERACLES: The left-back was a true thorn in PSV’s side with a goal in the 2-1 turnaround for Heracles.


HICHAM FAIK – RODA JC: Great intelligence from the young Roda midfielder to chip Kenneth Vermeer with a quick free-kick to grab a point for his side against Feyenoord.

LUCAS ANDERSEN – WILLEM II: The Ajax loanee was influential for Willem II’s first win of the season against FC Utrecht on Saturday. The young Danish midfielder is our PLAYER OF THE WEEK.


SHERALDO BECKER – PEC ZWOLLE: A great goal and a great assist from Becker as Zwolle continue their undefeated start against ADO.

AREK MILIK – AJAX: The Polish striker failed to make an impact midweek against Celtic, but made up for it this weekend, notching a goal in the 2-0 victory over Excelsior.

CHRISTIAN SANTOS – N.E.C. NIJMEGEN: The Venezuelan international notched twice in a great 2-0 win over sc Heerenveen on Friday night.

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