John Guidetti is taking the Eredivisie by storm this season – scoring 17 goals in only 15 appearances.
The 19-year-old Manchester City loanee signed for Feyenoord on the final day of the transfer window last summer, joining for a one year spell. He has been a revolution in the dutch top flight and could pose some serious competition to the multi-million pound stars of Eastlands upon his return if his form continues in its current way.
Guidetti has already scored three hat-tricks this season, all of them coming in successive home matches. He is the first Feyenoord player to score three hat-tricks in the same season since Dirk Kuyt played for the club back in 2005/2006, and the season still has three months remaining. Scoring three goals in those three successive home games has made him the first player to do that since 1963, when Cees Groot set the record. Alongside Guidetti’s amazing goalscoring record this season, he has also added 5 assists into the equation, proving to be a goal or an assist every 51 minutes.
Manchester City should count themselves lucky holding on to the youngster though. Guidetti’s contract at the current Premiership leaders ran out last summer and he almost joined FC Twente on bosman ruling.
Several media outlets claimed he had signed for the Dutch club, but there was confusion to whether his agent or his father had confirmed this deal. After a long deliberation with various lawyers, Guidetti was spotted numerous times in Manchester City team photos coming from their tour of North America. Guidetti signed a three-year contract with City on 19th July 2011.
Despite this unbelievable form Guidetti is showing in the Eredivisie, he has not yet been called up to earn his first international cap. Guidetti has represented Sweden at under 17, 19 and 21 level and has been in prolific goalscoring form throughout. He has netted 17 times in only 26 youth international appearances for Sweden and has finally transformed that goalscoring pedigree into his club form.
Guidetti signed for Manchester City in 2008 and found his feet immediately within the English youth game. He scored 13 times in 13 games, further exemplifying the incredible goalscoring achievements he has achieved throughout his still very short career.
His form this season has put a lot of top European clubs on red hot alert including German giants Bayern Munich. Manchester City will want to keep hold of Guidetti’s services but fierce competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and the seemingly imminent return of Carlos Tevez, he faces possibly the toughest striking competition in the world in order to stake his place in the side.
We will be following Guidetti for the rest of the season, so check back for regular updates on the forward here on The Youth Radar.