The Hunter makes his mark in Holland
All Klaas-Jan Huntelaar does is score. Despite having only played four full seasons in Holland’s Eredivisie, Huntelaar is poised to win his second league scoring title, not to mention the scoring title he won in the Ereste Divisie, Holland’s second highest league, the year before he broke into the top flight. In addition to these scoring titles, Huntelaar has also been named the 2006 Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Ajax Player of the Year.
Huntelaar, known as the Hunter for his attacking prowess, made his Eredivisie debut with PSV Eindhoven, but only appeared in one game for the legendary side before being loaned out to De Graafschap (where he played as a youth) and second division AGOVV. PSV let Huntelaar slip away, though, and he signed with SC Heerenveen in 2004. Heerenveen benefited from his scoring capabilities and earned a birth in the UEFA Cup in part due to the Hunter’s efforts. Huntelaar retained his scoring touch the next season, scoring an amazing seven goals over a period of four games in December 2005 and was subsequently transferred to his current team, Ajax.
The Dutch sensation has begun to make his mark on the international level as well as the domestic. Though Huntelaar was left off the 2006 World Cup team in favor of more established strikers like Ruud Van Nistelroy and Dirk Kuyt, the young star dazzled at the UEFA U-21 Championships, scoring four goals and leading Holland to the title. This success has earned him several appearances with the senior national team and it seems that this summer’s European Championships will be the time when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar shows the rest of the continent his fantastic abilities and becomes a household name.