PSV sign Eran Zahavi from CSL side Guangzhou R&F

Israeli striker Eran Zahavi signed for Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven despite claims from Turkey that he was headed to Fenerbache. 


Zahavi the goal machine leaves the CSL 

Eran Zahavi has been a phenomenal goal machine since joining the CSL (Chinese Super League). His record stands at, played 102, scored 91 goals. Add in his 12 times and 11 cup appearances and then he leaves the club with some mega stats to his name, 102 goals in 113 appearances for Guangzhou R&F. 

R&F will find it near impossible to replace a player of his calibre who is capable of scoring as many goals as Zahavi plundered during his time in China. Some will obviously question the standard that he has been playing at, and should he not have 'wasted his best years in China?' No matter what level you run out at, 102 goals in 113 appearances are insane stats and you will be hard-pressed to find any players with stats as high. 

Although Zahavi's numbers are insane, Elkeson previously of Shanghai SIPG, and now at Guangzhou Evergrande (after some shady work by the Chinese Football Association insisting that they want most of the national team to be playing at Evergrande) has a better goal record. Elkeson stands at played 269 CSL matches, scoring a mind-boggling 131 goals. 

One key thing to remember is that Zahavi has done it at Guangzhou R&F, not Shanghai SIPG or Guangzhou Evergrande. R&F is an established CSL team but they never seem to be in the mix for winning the title, or the possibility of them becoming champions seems slim. Therefore I believe Zahavi's stats are more prominent in the argument of who is the best smasher of goals in the CSL on the basis of the strength of the teams both Zahavi and Elkeson have been running out for during their time in China. 


Can he cut the mustard in Eindhoven?

Zahavi will have no problem settling in at Eindhoven, it's not like he hasn't played European football before, and he is an experienced international, playing 54 times for Israel, scoring 20 goals. For a side like Eindhoven to plump for signing Zahavi is a no brainer really, foreign players seem very keen to leave China with the pandemic raging, and with the transfer market depressed and clubs struggling, it is mostly a buyers market for a change. 

Eindhoven is getting an experienced international who is very capable of finding the back of the net. He will come up against tougher opposition but at the same time, he is no stranger to that because of the experience he has had in his career so far. 

It is a very astute signing by Eindhoven, and a good move for Zahavi too, as PSV are a powerhouse of Dutch football, and for football fans of a certain generation, still hold that special 'big European' club feel despite the 'big Champions League' nonsense of the same old, same old being classed as the only European clubs to have any kind of pedigree. 

Before that bullshit, PSV was known throughout Europe as being one of the most banging European clubs, but like a lot of teams from so-called 'minor' European leagues were shafted by the insistence that the big few leagues got most Champions Leagues slots and now a whole generation of fans think this kind of club is bollocks. 

They're not. They're top drawer European big dogs, of the past, the now and the bloody future and if you don't know it, you're one of the new generations of the glory twitter Ronaldo is bigger than Messi, Messi is bigger than Ronaldo, add, rinse, repeat generation. Dutch football used to be the tits. Those were the days, Zahavi knows, I know, football nerds/geeks/hipsters know.

Zahavi and Eindhoven could be a match made in heaven, Zahavi is plunging into those twilight years of his career but get him in front of goal, and boy does that fella know how to find the back of the net!

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