Dutch coaching legend Marinus Been believes that Feyenoord Rotterdam striker Cyriel Dessers is not worth the €4 million price tag which his parent club KRC Genk value him at.
Dessers, a one-cap Super Eagle, has been in fine form for the Dutch club who currently sit in third place in the Eredivisie standings. He has started most of his games for the Rotterdammers from the bench but has managed to notch 11 goals in a very successful loan spell which runs up at the end of the season.
Feyenoord has the option of paying €4 million to secure his services on full time at the end of the season and reports claim that the club is considering that option.
However, Marinus Been has not been impressed with the Belgium-born Nigerian who he claims is over priced at €4 million.
Been, who also managed Dessers' parent club Genk in the past, believes that the 27-year-old striker is not the striker to help the club in their efforts to secure another Eredivisie title and in their European title charge.
“Linssen [Feyenoord's first choice striker] has been dry for quite some time now, but before that period, he did very well for the team. He has scored eleven goals. But you could now see whether Dessers is the right man to take you a little further,” Been said on the Dick Voormekaar Podcast, as per Voetbalkrant.
“In the longer term, I don’t think they are suitable for taking Feyenoord further. That is for the simple reason that Linssen is not a natural striker. And if you want to play a significant role in Europe and the Eredivisie, you will have to have a really good striker.
“Dessers must then cost four million; I don’t think he is worth that, I say that very honestly. That is a lot of money.”
Okoye comes up big for Sparta Rotterdam in relegation match fulfils
Elsewhere, Nigeria's number one Maduka Okoye proved the difference for relegation strugglers Sparta Rotterdam in their Eredivisie victory over Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday.
The big 22-year-old German-born Super Eagles shot-stopper made two brilliant saves to help Sparta Rotterdam to a 1-0 victory at home to Go Ahead Eagles.
Sparta Rotterdam went into the match with hopes of sealing important points to survive the drop, carrying on their momentum from their last week's performance at Vitesse Arnhem which was marred by unruly fans.
Before the game, Okoye claimed that the fight to survive was exciting to him while also promising to help the team avoid relegation.
“It’s fun to fight for points. These are months that you never forget in your career. You also have to enjoy it, fight every week and tension,” Okoye said before the game.
And he kept his promise by making two big saves to keep his side in the game after their 68th minute opener.
The win takes Sparta Rotterdam to 16th on the table, two points away from safety with a game in hand. However it ends up for the Dutch side, Okoye will be making the move to England in the summer as he had previously signed for Watford FC but remained at the Sparta Stadion for the rest of the season.
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