ADO Den Haag: Added firepower to Fraser’s arsenal
After saving ADO Den Haag from relegation with an impressive string of results in 2013-14, Henk Fraser was basically the new crown prince of managers in the Eredivisie. But the 2014-15 proved more testing than he would’ve liked. The spectacular surge that led to ADO finishing ninth in the season previous was not continued and so they had to settle for 13th place. Not helped by the shambles surrounding the takeover of the club, things were restless as ever at the residency club. New owners, United Vansen from China, have expressed big ambitions, but it is yet to materialise in grand fashion.
For the 2015-16, there have been a few glimpses of what is to come. With the signing of Ruben Schaken (33) and Edouard Duplan (32) two experienced players have been signed to occupy the wings and provide the striker with service. Although the two come with a for ADO terms hefty salary and will not earn the club money from being sold on, the two do provide extra quality the club has been lacking last season. Which striker is to receive that service is very much in the balance. And Michiel Kramer looks set to join Feyenoord after an endless saga surrounding the tall striker’s future. The 26 year old had basically joined Baniyas from Emirates on a big money contract, but in the end the Emirates club couldn’t hand out a banking guarantee. The Rotterdam-born player has now set his heart on a move to Feyenoord, where he will try to build on last with 17 goals laden season.
The story has been dominating all football news surrounding Den Haag, with people almost forgetting that the rest of the team is actually in decent nick. Left back Aaron Meijers decided to stay despite advances from Vitesse and Roland Alberg is also still in Den Haag, despite impressing as a versatile 10. Talented Ivorian defender Wilfried Kanon saw a dream move to Lille fall through after failing a medical, but based on last season he will most definitely add something to the side if fit. And apart from the aforementioned Schaken and Duplan, adding Kenji Gorré (on loan from Swansea) and Ludcinio Marengo (from Volendam) means Fraser has more and better options in attack than last season.
A decent goalscorer permitted, ADO Den Haag look set for another campaign that guarantees survival. It will probably not come with the grandeur that was hoped when the club was taking over, but who knows, maybe they can surprise one or two.
Player to watch: Kenji Gorré
On the last matchday of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Kenji Gorré finally got his reward for years of hard work. After 84 minutes of play, the 20 year old attacker was allowed to make his debut in the English top flight. The game versus Crystal Palace will be the only Premier League game to his name for at least a year, but the Swansea loanee will get his chance to develop further at ADO Den Haag. The son of former Ajax, Feyenoord and FC Groningen midfielder Dean Gorré has been groomed in the famous Manchester United academy before making the switch to Swansea and will be eager to show his qualities in the country he left when he was just a five year old. With an arsenal of tricks and decent pace, the Eredivisie should suit him and he could well turn out to be the revelation that gets the Den Haag crowd off of their seats.
BeNeFoot prediction: 12th