After Celtic sign Giakoumakis, where are the last Eredivisie top scorers now?

By Euan Davidson

September 3, 2021

With Celtic signing an Eredivisie top scorer in Giorgos Giakoumakis, there are plenty of questions.

How did he score 26 goals for a side that was relegated [Transfermarkt]? And given his scoring antics, how was he sold for just over £2m [The Athletic]?

And, given the massive fees paid for Dutch top-flight goal-getters in the past, what became of those followed by Giakoumakis?

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All very good questions. Certainly, it’s some shrewd business by Ange Postecoglou, Dom McKay and the rest, whether or not he actually does the business for Celtic. On paper, it’s an absolute steal.

So, let’s take a look at the last three top scorers before Giakoumakis. Where are they now, and what happened to them?

Eredivisie top scorer 17-18: Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Feyenoord

For 17-18 we stay in the Eredivisie, but only because of very recent transfer business.

Rotterdam club Feyenoord brought Iranian sensation Jahanbakhsh in from the cold at Brighton and Hove Albion, after a reported £17m move didn’t work out [BBC]. At the time, he was Brighton’s record signing. However, the £20m+ deals for Adam Webster, Neal Maupay and Enock Mwepu stole that accolade from Jahanbakhsh.

A rangy, talented forward, Jahanbakhsh scored 21 goals for AZ Alkmaar [World Football]. Only four of those were penalties, making his antics all the more impressive.

At 28, he still has time on his side, and a return to form seems likely at Feyenoord. In European qualifying, he scored 3 times in 5 outings [Transfermarkt].

Eredivisie top scorer 18-19: Luuk de Jong – Barcelona

Newcastle United fans, if you’ve ended up here somehow: look away now.

Luuk de Jong was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 18-19, joint with Ajax talisman Dusan Tadic. Given that de Jong didn’t score a single penalty to Tadic’s 11, we’re giving de Jong the nod here.

Unsurprisingly, de Jong also ended up getting a big move after his heroics for PSV Eindhoven. Sevilla came calling, and naturally, so did a Europa League win in 19-20.

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The goals didn’t come as regularly in Andalusia, but that didn’t put Barcelona off. Having loaned out Antoine Griezmann, Barca turned to Sevilla for their main striker two days ago [BBC].

The Blaugrana have the option to make the move permanent, and are paying the Sevilla man’s wages through the season. So, a full move could well happen if the ex-PSV man finds his shooting boots.

It’s been a wildly upward trajectory for the former Eredivisie top scorer, then.

Eredivisie top scorer 19-20: Steven Berghuis – Ajax

Another striker who topped the Eredivisie scoring charts, Steven Berghuis made a somewhat controversial move this summer.

Berghuis, who was signed by Watford in 2015 from AZ Alkmaar, didn’t make a huge impact in England. However, he knows where the net is in Holland, to the extent that bitter rivals felt compelled to do business for him.

With 15 goals in a truncated league season, Berghuis’ goal scoring doesn’t look quite as good until you put it into context. Leagues worldwide were cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic, after all.

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Berghuis would stay at Feyenoord, banging in the goals. He even topped his tally the season after, banging in 18 and setting up 14 [Transfermarkt]. That caused Ajax to pounce [ESPN], in a move that’s proved a lightning rod for controversy.

Now 29, Berghuis has a few more good seasons left in him. Now at his former club’s arch rivals, he’s proven his ruthlessness on and off the pitch.

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