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Has the Well hit the motherlode with Seedorf?

Monday 23rd September 2019
Sherwin Seedorf Motherwell Spl Ios Jonny Keen

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Sometimes the apple falls far from the tree. When Motherwell acquired a Surinamese/Dutch winger by the name of Seedorf more than a few eyebrows rose. But this wasn’t former AC Milan legend Clarence emerging from retirement to grace a lesser league a la countryman, Edgar Davids. Nor was his son forging his own path in the manner Patrick Kluivert's progeny Justin is doing at AS Roma. Motherwell’s summer acquisition, former Feyenoord and Wolves youngster Sherwin, is only a distant relative.

What’s in a name?

Seedorf attracted immediate media attention on his move to Lanarkshire. It’s not often that Motherwell signs someone with a famous name, even if it only turns out to be a vague familial association. But Seedorf is making sure his coverage is positive.

Since arriving north of the border, he’s scored two goals in six league games. Both were fantastic efforts which did the rounds on social media, showcasing the Dutchman’s ability on the ball and knack for scoring from distance. When he’s not scoring, Seedorf is winning plaudits for his dribbling and creativity. Sound familiar? The similarities between the young winger and his more famous namesake run deeper than initially apparent.

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Bossing the midfield at Fir Park is noteworthy but it’s early days. Seedorf's only played a half-dozen league games for the Well and is still inexperienced at senior level. Still, he’s excelled in all his outings for his new clubs. Will he kick on and get a deal with a big club? It shouldn't shock anyone.

Seedorf is just beginning a two-year contract with Motherwell and he’s already established himself as one of the league’s hot properties. If he does make the leap to a bigger club, the obvious landing would be on either side of the Old Firm. Celtic and Rangers are known for snapping up anyone even vaguely talented from the lesser Scottish teams. Seedorf is surely in their sights.

Alternatively, a move to the EFL could be on the cards. Seedorf didn’t get close to the first team at Wolves. Rather, he spent time in League One with Bradford City. With a few more games under his belt, he could be angling for a spot at a Championship club.

The grass ain’t always greener

Seedorf will get his big transfer sooner or later, no doubt. Later is better, however. His best move at the moment is to stay put and see out the first year of his contract. A January move to Parkhead or Ibrox would leave him struggling for game time. He’ll develop much better as a key component of Motherwell’s team and, if the Dossers continue to do well, he could be playing in the Europa League next season. That would do wonders for his game.

Seedorf is good now but he’ll be better with 30 or so games with a single club under his belt. The lower leagues are littered with former Celtic and Rangers prospects who never had game time. Loan spells and reserve games can be arranged but the brass knowing in real-time how you perform in training and games has a direct effect on your livelihood.

In this case, club and player are a match made in heaven. Seedorf was considered a top prospect at Wolves but he isn’t just a prospect. He’s a star now. If the lively winger can help his new club to a European spot while developing his own game, everyone will be a winner. It might herald a new era of top academy players making it in Scotland.

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Jonny Keen

Glasgow based writer keen (geddit?) on the cultural elements of football. He doesn't care about Manchester City, PSG or Real Madrid, he's more interested in the fortunes of Cefn Druids or HJK Helsinki.

Once played 10 minutes of a game in the 17th tier of English football. He thinks the best food in football is to be found at Forest Green Rovers and Rayo Vallecano are the only club in Madrid. 


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