There has been a lot of talk recently regarding Manchester United’s interest in signing Luis Alberto Suarez from Dutch club AFC Ajax.
All of a sudden the transfer hungry amongst us are crying out for the signing of Suarez. I’ll be honest; I’ve never seen Suarez play a single minute. However, Suarez has a sensational goal return, this season the Uruguayan has scored 49 goals in 48 appearances and has a career record of 124 goals in 195 appearances.
I have doubt (or concern is probably a better choice of words) purely on the basis Suarez plies his trade in the Dutch League. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy there is a Mateja Kezman, Dirk Kuyt or Afonso Alves. All had superb goal scoring records playing in Holland but only one has maintained their records elsewhere, our very own Ruud.
Is the Dutch league any stronger than Scottish football? Should we sign Kris Boyd, his goal scoring record is very similar to Suarez’s. Boyd will be a lot cheaper than the ridiculous £35m being branded about for Suarez. My tongue is firmly stuck in my cheek with the suggestion of Boyd.
With Suarez playing in the Dutch league is he considered to be unproven? If so, we already have several unproven forwards at the club. Macheda, Diouf and Hernandez are all unproven; surely we don’t want another in Suarez?
So is Suarez worth the hype? Is he worth the money which is being branded about? Do we really need another striker, is midfield a priority?