Despite only taking over at Crystal Palace a few days ago, Frank de Boer is already being linked with a move for Ajax defender and Tottenham Hotspur target Joel Veltman.
Although the vast majority of Palace fans are desperate to see the club try and bring in Liverpool man Mamadou Sakho on a permanent basis this summer, the price tag of £30 million is likely to prove too high, prompting de Boer to look around Europe for a similar yet cheaper alternative.
Whilst his time at Inter Milan didn’t see anything like the beginnings of a Dutch revolution, the scenario in SE25 is hugely different, with supporters and owners far more likely to welcome a few new recruits from his days at Ajax boss. Having already heard rumours of a move for right-back Kenny Tete, this story relating to Veltman makes just as much if not more sense, leaving us hopeful that we’ll put up a real fight against Spurs in the battle to sign him.
Having never managed or played in the Premier League, there are obvious concerns over how well de Boer will adapt to its playing style, particularly in the first few weeks of the campaign but after scrambling to beat the drop at various points over the last four years, an attempt to build something a little more cohesive in terms of playing style should be applauded.
There are bound to be teething problems for the new boss, but if he can encourage the players to adopt a slightly more dominant style of play with a few shrewd purchases along the way (such as Veltman) there is a chance that his appointment could prove to be a true masterstroke from Steve Parish and the board.
Hopefully we’re about to steal the Dutch defender from under Tottenham’s noses.