Everyone is familiar with the popular consensus that strikers imported from the Netherlands, especially those born beyond the borders of clog country, often struggle in the Premier League, but what about those lured from next door?
Belgium has never been such a popular shopping destination, what with the national team’s rise to prominence, and Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is one of the most coveted players currently tearing up the Juplier League.
According to the musings of the player’s agent, the Serbian goal machine, who netted 28 times in the previous campaign, will be joining Newcastle, one of the many clubs to have had their fingers burnt when attempting to refute the Eredivisie striker theorem, in the coming days.
Magpies fans in particular then, will be interested to know how those to blitz the Belgian top flight have fared upon securing moves to the Premier League.
Mitrovic is 3/5 to sign for Newcastle before the summer transfer window closes, completing a move enabling him to follow paths traversed by these former Juplier goal getters.
Croatian-born striker Strupar was the scourge of many a Belgian backline, scoring a ridiculous 106 goals in 168 appearances for Genk.
This Lionel Messi-like strike rate convinced Derby to take a gamble, but his four-year spell at the Baseball Ground was heavily affected by injuries.
When fit, Strupar managed to bag a respectable, but not otherworldly, 16 in 41.
One of the least fondly-remembered Liverpool signings of recent history, the Serbian forward was parachuted into Anfield on a free after four consistent seasons at Standard Liege.
Jovanovic was unable to showcase any of the qualities that saw him shatter the ten-goal barrier in each of his four campaigns in Belgium across an 18-game tenure on Merseyside, scoring just twice before being packed off back to the Juplier League with Anderlecht.
Everton spent £4.5m (a sizeable sum given their notoriously tight budget) on the Canadian in 2001 after three goal-filled campaigns at Anderlecht, where he notched 52 across 77 in all competitions.
With the Toffees his rate reduced to 25 from 91, before shrinking further still at Fulham to 11 over 103 appearances.
In defence of Radzinski, a positional shift from a central striker to right-winger may be responsible for the diminished output, but nevertheless, his haul barely justifies a relatively hefty outlay given the context.