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"Strootman would have been great at United"

"Strootman would have been great at United"


by Patrick Jennings

25th July 2013 3:18pm BST


AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman would have been a great success at Manchester United, according to former Netherlands international George Boateng.

Speaking exclusively to SportsDirect News, Boateng said he believes the former United target would have made the biggest impression of all the Eredivisie imports to England this summer.

He said: “It's a shame Strootman didn't end up at United because he is a very good player.

“I think of the players who have signed to Premier League clubs from Holland this year, he really would have been the best.

“He is a good passer, he is strong and he can score goals.”

After having been tracked by United for some time, Strootman signed for Serie A side Roma in a £14 million deal in July.

Although the Manchester side missed out on their Dutch target, Boateng ran the rule over three other top talents who have joined from the Eredivisie in this transfer window.

Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony joined Swansea City in a £12m transfer from Vitesse Arhem.

Netherlands U21 midfielder Marco van Ginkel signed up with Chelsea, also from Vitesse, for a fee understood to be in the region of £8m.

Dutch international Leroy Fer joined Norwich City in a deal believed to be worth £5m to FC Twente,

Boateng said: “Bony was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last year and you have to be a top striker to achieve that, look at Ruud van Nisterlrooy and Klaus Jan-Huntelaar who have done it before.

“Fer is a box-to-box player who is good on the ball and strong in attack.

“Van Ginkel is a very good player and I think he will be a great signing for Chelsea."

He continued: “I think they will need a few months to settle and to adapt to the style of play but I am convinced each one will make a strong impression next season.”

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