So often promoted Premier League sides splash the cash on European mediocrity. Players who are yet to prove themselves fully, even in domestic leagues. Players that lack the experience, guile, and all round quality to cut it in England’s top flight. But with Viktor Fischer imminently signing for Premier League new boys Middlesbrough, they are certainly sending out a statement.
There was a time just three seasons ago where a young Danish talent was emerging from the famous Ajax academy in search of opportunities for Eredivisie action. The teenager made an immediate impact for the then national champions. Fischer netted eight times in his debut season at the Amsterdam Arena, and with the outstanding pedigree of Ajax’s academy behind him the European superpowers were soon circling like sharks.
The following season the Danish starlet would suffer a thigh strain that would end up side-lining him for over a year. He recovered well from the injury this campaign, scoring 12 goals in his first full season since returning to the squad. Fischer had his second Eredivisie title within his grasp just over a month ago, all his side needed to do was collect a routine three points against relegation bound De Graafschap. Ultimately, the former European champions bottled it, declining the chance to win a 26th title.
In tandem with the final day heartbreak, the decision of their star player was probably made, no player wants to be known as the man that could’ve been so great. And so begins his journey in English football.
The deal is not quite tied up yet, but with the Danish international currently undergoing a medical at the Riverside Stadium, it’s only a matter of time before the move is confirmed. The reported fee of £3.75 million is a steal for a player that was once scouted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus. If there is one blot on Middlesbrough’s magnificent season it is that wingers have been difficult to come by, and he could deliver the creative spark that has occasionally been lacking, and is critical if Boro want to be a Premier League success story.