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Lars Veldwijk: A Scouting Report

He's been plying his trade in the Eredivise for PEC Zwolle but Lars Veldwijk is still Forest's player. Our pal Michiel Jongsma, Dutch journalist and all-round terrific human, has been following the big Dutchman's progress.

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Lars Veldwijk's confidence hadn’t been tarnished by the year at Nottingham Forest, as he felt that under Stuart Pearce his chance would eventually come and that him not having a click with Dougie Freedman really was the turning point for him.

At the beginning of the season at PEC, he stated he would score more goals than his predecessor Tomas Necid, who moved to Bursaspor but had really impressed. Veldwijk succeeded, becoming pivotal to the team’s playing style while scoring 14 league goals and adding 10 assists. He is only one of two players with double figures in goals and assists this season and the other (Hakim Ziyech) is being linked to clubs like Leicester City and FC Porto, which says plenty of how well Veldwijk has done.

However, he has been a bit inconsistent from time to time, his contributions have come in bursts. In the beginning of the season he was on a roll in terms of goalscoring, but despite that he was at one point benched for not being as professional as his manager Ron Jans would like. Veldwijk is an awkward player in general, despite being well over 6ft (think 6’5 or so?) he is not your typical target man, but one that prefers the ball in his feet. PEC have used that to their advantage and he is perceived as a good Eredivisie striker, which is why PEC Zwolle have good hopes of keeping him on next season.

Veldwijk himself has already said he is open to that, but wants to keep open his options and has made blowing kisses towards the Bundesliga.  I personally think another league than an English one suits him better, as the tempo of the Championship is a bit too hectic for him.

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Michiel works for Opta and also writes for the excellent Benefoot.net, the finest place to go for Dutch and Belgian football. Follow him on Twitter here.

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