Tim Matavž is a 24 year-old Slovenian International striker, who has played two years at PSV and has scored 40 goals in 80 appearances for the Dutch giants in the Eredivisie.
Tim Matavž – 24 year-old Slovenian International striker
With a number of our striker target having been signed elsewhere, or being pursued by big clubs, we turn our attention to potential other strikers Newcastle may be interested in this summer.
This is another in our series of looking at some young players who could be good acquisitions for Newcastle now, or in the future.
Tim was born in Šempeter pri Gorici in the old Yugoslavia, and started his career with Gorica at the age of six, and then moved to Gorica in 2004.
In 2007 at the age of 18, he signed a five-year deal at Dutch Club FC Groningen, and he played for them 104 times with 49 goals, and while on loan at FC Emmen in 2008-2009, he scored 5 goals in 16 appearances.
In 2011 a number of top clubs were after the right-footed striker, including Napoli, but he was finally signed by PSV Eindhoven in August of 2011, and (as we have said) the 6’2″ striker has since scored 40 goals in 80 appearances for PSV, including 20 in 38 appearances last season.
Tim played for the Slovenian U19 and U21 sides and has 23 full caps with the full Slovenian side with 10 goals, after he made his debut back in 2009, when he was 20.
Tim speaks fluent English, Italian and Dutch – what – no French?
Not sure how much this lad would cost, but on the web-site transfermarket.co.uk, he is valued at around £5.3M, and Newcastle can afford that fee – can’t we?
Certainly his record is one of a natural goalscorer, and in 236 total appearances he has scored 108 goals, and we know that Graham Carr has been looking at the Eredivisie, so we wonder if this lad may be on the radar screen for Newcastle this summer?
Here’s some video of the player.
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