We’ve resisted reviewing theÂ transfer of Maceo Rigters to Newcastle until now â€“ becauseÂ we’re not sure why we would need another striker. However, Rigters may be a good buy for Newcastle.Â This is the player who scored in the 89th minute for Holland against England in the classic Under-21 semi-final last night. Let’s see why this player may make some sense for Newcastle.
Newcastle and Celtic are both interested in NAC Breda and Dutch Under-21 International Maceo Rigters. Rigters has impressed during Holland’s run to the finals of the European Under 21 Championship â€“ and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his progress.
The 23-year-old has scored three goals so far in the tournament and has been one of Holland’s top performers. Scouts from both Newcastle and CelticÂ have been watching all of Holland’s games and the transfer fee is said to be a low $350K. In fact Celtic were very close to signing the striker before Newcastle expressed an interest and they’re probably not too happy that Newcastle are now involved.
The striker is considering his future at NAC Breda after growing increasingly frustrated at his role at the club and that news has alerted both Celtic and Newcastle.Â Last season Rigters appeared 38 times for NAC Breda but scored only 4 goals – so he cannot be called a prolific goalscorer.Â ButÂ that’s why he is unhappy with his role at BredaÂ - because he’s not being used as an out and out striker.Â Â Maceo started his career ar SC Heerenven and then moved to FC Dordrecht before finally moving to NAC Breda in 2005.
After struggling for goals at NAC last season, Rigters admits he was surprised to have started for Holland at the European Under-21 tournament. Rigters expressed his frustration at his situation with NAC and is hoping for the chance to play in his preferred position. He recently spoke of his situation at Breda:
“I have never felt much appreciation at NAC Breda in the last two seasons,”.
“I always feel that I am a centre-forward. At NAC Breda I have played just two matches in this position.
“I always had to train and play on the wings. In the front of the attack I have never got a good chance.”
“I was surprised to start in the first XI (Dutch Under-21). Â It is fantastic to play in this tournament.”
Rigters’ agent Ton Smit confirmed the two clubs were after the striker and that a decision on his future would be made at the end of the tournament.
Smit told Sky Sports:
“There has been a lot of interest in Maceo,”
“Celtic are seriously interested and Newcastle are also looking at him.
“We have had no official offers for him, but I believe both clubs will watch him play against England.
“Maceo would be keen on a move to Britain and play at a higher level.”
With the news leaking today that not only Michael Owen – but also Oba Martins hasÂ a buy-out clause in his contract at Newcastle ($13M) – maybe that’s why Sam Allardyce is still tracking strikers. Certainly if the value of a player is taken into account Maceo would be an excellent signing for us – at $350K.