It appears that Ross County’s Dutch striker Alex Schalk could be set to leave the Scottish club, with FC Groningen leading the chase according to The Scottish Sun.

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Schalk has of course already enjoyed a couple of spells in the Eredivisie, having started out as a promising youngster at NAC Breda, earning the nickname “Der Bomber van Bread” for his supposed likeness to German legend Gerd Muller as well as attracting interest from teams such as Scottish giants Celtic.

He went on to make 62 appearances and score 12 goals for NAC before moving on, initially spending a season on loan with PSV’s reserve team, Jong PSV and then signing permanently with newly promoted side Go Ahead Eagles. However, after a disappointing season in Deventer in which Schalk only made 20 appearances and scored a paltry 4 goals, he was released at the start of the 2015-16 season, and eventually signed on with provincial Scottish club Ross County.

Schalk spent his first two seasons in Dingwall mainly as an impact sub, starting only 29 games, but still managing a reasonable return of ten league goals overall. However, he did manage to write himself into club folklore with his last gasp winning goal against Hibernian in the 2016 League Cup final, the club’s first and thus far only piece of major silverware.

This season however has been Schalk’s most productive to date, finishing as County’s top scorer, as well as fifth top scorer in the entire league, with 11 goals (13 in all competitions). Despite his efforts, Ross County finished bottom of the Scottish Premier League, confirming their relegation after 5 successive seasons of top flight football. With Schalk’s contract set to run out this summer, County had been keen to extend his contract but their relegation has all but confirmed that he will be moving on. There is interest from Schalk from numerous clubs in England and Scotland, but it appears he is close to a move back to the Eredivisie with mid-table FC Groningen. Could he be the man to help fire Groningen into the Europa League playoffs next term? Only time will tell.

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