Quincy Promes is the latest Dutch player to be linked with Manchester United since it was confirmed Louis Van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup in Brazil.
After his stunning hat-trick this week for the Netherlands’ Under-21s side against Scotland, he played down United’s interest in him but admitted he’d like to move and United could certainly do with a goalcoring winger.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of European football’s brightest talent having scored 11 goals and assisted eight in 31 Eredivisie appearances for Twente last season but for those who didn’t watch the Dutch league, not much is known about him.
With that in mind, here’s some facts about Promes and why he is being coveted by plenty of teams across Europe.
He’s a wanted man
After an excellent season for Twente, his first full season at the club after spending the 2012-13 campaign on loan at second division side Go Ahead Eagles, Promes has attracted interest from a host of European clubs.
Promes has long been linked with a move to Galatasaray where he has received glowing references from fellow Dutchman Wesley Sneijder and Porto have been linked with him as well as Napoli, meaning Promes’ price could increase significantly, undoubtedly much to Twente’s delight.
Oranje through and through
Since making his debut for Holland Under-19 in 2009, Promes has represented his country at every level and earned his first senior cap in a friendly against France in March earlier this season.
His hat-trick against Scotland’s Under-21s earlier this week brought Promes’ goal tally for Holland to five in just eight appearances, placing him 10th in the list of all-time goalscorers for the Young Oranje, only three goals behind sixth-placed Kiki Musampa.
Even more impressively, Promes’ current ratio of 0.6 goals per game is the second-highest in the history of the Holland Under-21 squad, bettered only by Klass-Jan Huntelaar’s.
What’s for starter?
Last season, Promes started every single game he played. He was included in Twente’s starting XI for all of his 31 league appearances and, having handed him his first senior cap against France, Louis Van Gaal went a step further and selected Promes in his first starting XI when Holland faced Les Blues.
Based on the statistics, only seven players received a higher average rating than Promes during the 2013-14 Eredivisie campaign, with the Twente winger finishing joint 11th in the goalscoring charts, while only four players picked up more assists than the Amsterdam-born player.
However, when only games played at home are analysed, the Holland international moves up to fifth in the ladder in the list of most productive players in the Dutch first division, having scored seven goals and assisted five in the 16 appearances he made when Twente played at home.
One of Promes’ biggest assets is undoubtedly is capacity to play in different positions.
He is a right winger by trade but can also play on the other wing, as well as through the middle in a number ten position or on both flanks in a traditional 4-4-2 formation.
A quick glance at his statistics reveals that he’s at his best when deployed on the right in a 4-3-3 formation, a position in which he was deployed 23 times last season where he scored ten goals and assisted six.
However, when switched to the other wing, Promes return was just as impressive as he picked up two assists in three games and his versatility could a long way in securing him a move to a big European club.