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Sky Sports Scout - Jeffrey Gouweleeuw

We run the rule over Dutch starlet Jeffrey Gouweleeuw

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Scout Facts:

NAME: Jeffrey Gouweleeuw
AGE: 20 (10th July 1991)
BORN: Heemskerk, Netherlands
POSITION: Defender
CLUB: Heerenveen
FACTS: Likened himself to Gerard Pique

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Heerenveen's Jeffrey Gouweleeuw - recommended by Sky Sports reader Nick Glass.

The scout reports...

This week's report has meant a short trip across the Channel with Dutch starlet Jeffrey Gouweleeuw under the gaze.

The 20-year-old defender is currently with Heerenveen and is attracting a great deal of attention after forcing his way into the first-team.

Gouweleeuw joined the Frisian giants in 2006 as a 15-year-old from local side ADO'20.

He quickly progressed through the youth teams and in 2009 he was called up to a first-team training camp, but it was not until the season after under new coach Ron Jans that he was brought fully into the senior fold.

And even after his promotion, Gouweleeuw had to wait until early 2011 for his debut, which came against Excelsior. But little over 12 months later, the young defender is emerging as one of the top prospects in Holland.

He is now a regular next to Ramon Zomer in the heart of Heerenveen's defence.

Gouweleeuw has been called into the Dutch Under-21 set-up, with a senior call-up already being predicted for the 20-year-old.

Gouweleeuw is a truly classy performer; he has outstanding feet for a defender and has no qualms about bringing the ball out of defence. His excellent pace also means he can break into attack if needed, whilst also covering his own back-line.

Gouweleeuw has likened himself to Barcelona's Gerard Pique, which is not beyond the realms of fantasy, although you can also favourably compare him to someone like England's Gary Cahill. Like with Pique and Cahill, Gouweleeuw is also adept in the opposition box when attacking.

He has blossomed under Ron Jans's tutelage at the Abe Lenstra, but with him leaving this summer it remains to be seen what impact that might have on Gouweleeuw's future - who has two-years left on his current deal.

The scout says...

A host of clubs are checking on Gouweleeuw, and he really looks like an outstanding prospect.

English, Spanish and Italian are all thought to be looking at him and it would be little surprise if he was granted a move this summer, although another 12-months in the Eredivisie would do him good.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 6 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 7 out of 10

Heading: 8 out of 10

Pace: 8 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 7 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £6million

Potential value: £28million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Jeffrey Gouweleeuw - now we want your views. Have you seen Gouweleeuw in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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