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Total Football Scout - John Guidetti

Total Football Scout now reveals the story of a young Swedish striker who was once playing on the streets of Africa. Now playing for Feyenoord on loan from Premier League giants Manchester City, Guidetti has a bright future ahead of him. If he continues the form he has shown in Holland this season, his name will be written in the stars.

NAME: JOHN GUIDETTI

POSITION: STRIKER

AGE: 19

CLUB: MANCHESTER CITY ON LOAN AT FEYENOORD

SQUAD NUMBER: 10

NATIONALITY: SWEDEN

HEIGHT: 6’ 0”

WEIGHT: 79 KG

MARKET VALUE: £6,000,000

HE’S A BIT LIKE: WAYNE ROONEY

John Guidetti was once a young footballer playing in Kenya. His father’s work forced him to move to Africa and was pictured playing with elephants in the street. His club career began at Swedish club Brommapojkarna and at the age of fifteen signed for Manchester City. Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Lazio, Roma and Ajax’s feeder club, Ajax Cape Town, were all interested in signing the youngster before he signed for the Citizens.

Guidetti enjoyed a fine first season at City’s U-18s scoring 13 goals in 13 appearances. Such form earned him a place in the reserves and he bagged a remarkable hat-trick on his debut against Burnley. City wanted to aid his development so sent him back on loan to Brommapojkarna in 2010. The 19 year olds attacking displays continued as he netted three goals, racked up four assists in only seven starts and one substitute appearance.

City manager, Roberto Mancini, was clearly impressed by the young Swede and included him in his squad for their pre-season tour of the United States in the summer of 2010. His full competitive debut came two months later in the League Cup against West Brom in which he provided the assist for the only goal of the game.

He was then loaned to Burnley but only earned five games; scoring one goal.

There was controversy surrounding his future as in the summer of 2011, Guidetti’s development contract expired at the Etihad stadium. Dutch club FC Twente had held talks with the player’s agent and numerous media outlets reported that he had signed for the club. Twente revealed they had struck a deal with Guidetti’s camp but his agent, Per Jonsson said this was not true. The Dutch side claimed to have made the agreement with Mike Guidetti, the player’s father, and a Swedish lawyer said the deal was valid. Despite this verdict, the Swede was spotted in one of Manchester City’s photos at an airport and Guidetti later signed a new three year deal at City.

On the final day of the transfer window, Guidetti joined Feyenoord on a one year loan deal. He made his debut against NAC Breda in which he scored a penalty. He also tucked away a penalty against De Graafschap and two more spot-kicks against VVV-Venlo.

His first goals from open play came against Vitesse where he scored two in Feyenoord’s 4-0 away win. Guidetti then scored a crucial goal against RKC Waalwijk to help his team win 2-1. In December 2011, Guidetti netted an impressive hat-trick against FC Twente to help his side win 3-2. His second hat-trick came in January against arch rivals Ajax to help Feyenoord to their first win in six years over their enemies. This goal-scoring master class earned him hero status in Rotterdam with Coach Ronald Koeman hailing him as ‘phenomenal’.

He added his third hat-trick against Vitesse becoming only the second player in the Eredivisie to score three hat-tricks in a row after Cees Goot did in 1963. He also became only the second Feyenoord player to score three hat-tricks in one season after Dirk Kuyt in 2004/2005. The Swedish international added another to his tally against RKC Wallwijk. However, while celebrating his goal Guidetti removed his shirt earning him a second booking. Three minute later the opposition equalised and he was blasted by his manager. He apologised and said it was ‘one of the worst moments in his life’. His current goal tally is a remarkable 18 goals in 16 appearances in the Eredivisie.

Guidetti’s amazing goal record speaks for itself and he surely has cemented his future at a top club whether it is Manchester City or any other club hoping to add a natural scorer to their ranks

By Marcus Banks

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