Friday, 22 May 2015

Castaignos to try his Luc with Swans?

Dutch striker Luc Castaignos has once again been linked with Swansea City, and the 22 year old seems keen to rebuild his career slowly but surely, after a false start with Inter Milan.

Luc Castaignos knows a thing or two about the burden of expectation in football. The all time record goal scorer for the Netherlands Under 17 team made his Eredividsie debut at just 16. Within 18 months, and having scored 15 first choice goals for Feyenoord, the tall elegant striker had drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry and was swiftly purchased by Milanese giants Internazionale.
It was all too much far too soon, and his only season at the San Siro was a miserable one, chracterised by indiscipline and injury, and culminating in a single goal from just eight first team appearences. However, despite his insistence he would only depart Inter for a 'big club', rumoured transfers to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur- among others- never came to fruition, and he found himself back in his homeland with FC Twente.
In that time Castaignos slowly rebuilt his career and reputation, and despite a handful of niggling injuries and being part of a club in the midst of a financial crisis, has averaged a goal every other game in the previous two seasons. Both the player and his club now seem resigned to parting company, and Swansea City- who are reported to have been scouting the player for some time- are keen to proceed with a transfer for what could potentially be a bargain price.

The Netherlands have been a happy hunting ground for the scouts of Welsh club, and chairman Huw Jenkins is keen to make Castaignos yet another in a series of successful investments, including goalkeeper Michel Worm and previous star striker, Wilfried Bony. The Dutchman could provide much needed competition to Bafetimbi Gomis whose perfomances since Bony's departure- despite good recent goalscoring form- have been adequate rather than outstanding.

Wary of repeating the international misadventures of his teens, the player has publically conceded he is not ready for the Champion's League's elite sides: “At the end of this season I will have to choose, partly because it makes FC Twente healthier. I want to go abroad, preferably to a nice top performer in England or Germany, so I can get used to the league. I have enough self-knowledge to know that I’m not ready for the real top.”

Given their long-standing interest, and the way in which they helped develop the career of powerhouse forward Wilfried Bony, Swansea City would seem to be in pole position to entice Castaignos. A player who, despite his depth of experience, has yet to reach his twenty-third birthday. Certainly, if he could emulate a fraction of his Ivorian predecessor's success, could represent yet another bargain for which the South Wales club has become famous in its recent ascendency.

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