Sydney van Hooijdonk linked with Serie A move; Celtic may have missed a trick

By David Walton

June 14, 2021

Sydney van Hooijdonk, son of ex-Celtic icon Pierre, looks set to be on the move this summer.

Reliable journalist Nicolo Schira has reported that he’s leaving NAC Breda as a free agent. His next destination? Serie A side Udinese apparently, with a four-year contract set to be agreed.

It comes after a storming season in Holland’s second-tier last term. Van Hooijdonk managed to bag 16 goals in 31 games, as he showed a ruthless edge to his game en route to a promotion playoff final.

The Dutchman showed superb hold-up play and strength this term. However, more importantly, he managed to show a real cutting edge in front of goal. His goal return is even more impressive considering he only started 17 league matches.

At 21, van Hooijdonk has plenty to offer as he looks to bag a first move abroad. He’s spent all of his days with Breda, where he came up through their youth academy. But given his youthful age, there’s so much development left in his game.

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This is a striker that’s shown himself to have terrific potential. And one that could’ve been plucked for nothing. Given the connection van Hooijdonk has to Celtic too, the move would surely have appealed.

Allowing him to move to Serie A for nothing unchallenged feels like a missed opportunity. There have been no reports that Celtic were even monitoring his form or considering a summer move. That alone is disappointing given his fine goal return this year.

Perhaps it was another symptom of waiting too long to bag the new manager. Given it took us nearly four weeks after our final game to get Ange Postecoglou appointed, it will have allowed key transfer opportunities to pass us by.

Sydney van Hooijdonk in action for NAC Breda / (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Van Hooijdonk looks like being one of those. But even so, there would still be time for Celtic to hijack this if we believed he could offer something here and that Postecoglou wanted to take a look at him.

As of yet, however, there are no signs that’s the case. Even with the fact that Patryk Klimala has already left and Odsonne Edouard looks set to do likewise. Van Hooijdonk would’ve been a fine addition to our ranks as he looks set to explode this season.

This would’ve been a deal that came with no risk attached to it. Instead, we look like allowing a promising young European striker to put himself out of our reach.