Heerenveen have had a number of great strikers over the years, but how does Alfred Finnbogason compare in terms of goals to the likes of Van Nistelrooy, Dost, and Huntelaar?

  • By Michael Bell
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finnbogason cSince joining Heerenveen in the summer of 2012 from Lokeren, Finnbogason has continued to score goal after goal, and is now attracting interest from all over Europe.

In 41 games for the club, the Icelandic striker has netted a hugely impressive 40 goals, with 12 goals in only 8 games so far this season. How does it compare with the clubs legendary strikers?

Ex-Manchester United, and Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy spent one season at Heerenveen in the 1997-98 season, but his goal record can not match that of Finnbogason’s as he only scored 13 in 31 matches before joining PSV Eindhoven.

What about Klaas jan Huntelaar, who spent a season, and a half in Heerenveen? well in 46 games, the Hunter netted 33 times. Finnbogason’s record is better, but Huntelaar did leave for Ajax when he had netted 17 times in 15 league games halfway through the 2005-06 season.

Bas Dost has inferior first season stats, with only 13 goals in 33 matches, but did net 32 times in 25 games the following year to give him a grand total of 45 in 58 league games, with an additional two goals in other competitions.

Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson spent three seasons with Heerenveen between 1994, and 1997, playing 87 times, and scoring 44 times.

Celtic legend Georgios Samaras also got his career going at the Frisian side, but only netted 30 goals in 110 games.

Finally, this article would not be complete without a mention for Middlesbrough legend Afonso Alves, who destroyed the Eredivisie with 44 goals in 39 games, and had a total of 48 goals in 48 games.  A record that is slightly better than Finnbogason’s but should be beaten this season. Wonder where he is now? Real Madrid? Juventus? no try Al Gharafa.

The records show that Alfred Finnbogason is becoming a club legend at Heerenveen, and one of the most deadly finishers to play for the club. Just how many will he score between now and the end of the season, and how far will he go in a career filled with potential?




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