Back in 2005 we signed a young Moroccan striker named Mounir El Hamdaoui from the Dutch side SBV Excelsior. He failed to make a single appearance for us and saw two loan spells at Derby disrupted due to injury. In 2006 El Hamdaoui returned to Holland with Willem II.
We had plenty of decent strikers at the time and it didn’t seem a great loss. Unfortunately he has gone on to prove us wrong. After an injury hit spell at Willem II, El Hamdaoui moved to AZ Alkmaar where he scored 52 goals in 89 games.
In the summer he was bought by Ajax, where he has scored 13 goals in as many games. Two of those goals were scored tonight against Heerenveen and were both absolutely brilliant.
Oh what we’d do now for a striker with this much skill and who is also 6ft tall – definitely one that got away. Here’s those goals.