News broke yesterday of Hull City youngster Johan ter Horst training with the Imps. Sadly, unlike your reliable news outlets I was enjoying Christmas cheer down in Cambridge and couldn’t get on a computer to blog about it. Today, free of Peroni and back home I decided to have a look at the youngster from Kent.
ter Horst is a English born youngster, his father moved to the UK in 1992. He is Grammar School educated, coming from Harvey Grammar school in Folkestone, and it was with Folkestone Invicta that he made his name.
His 26 goals in the 2013/14 season saw him alert a host of top clubs, as well as Hull City. It was the Tigers who fought hardest for his signature, eventually landing the striker on a three year deal and beating off competition from Stoke, Charlton and Aston Villa. At the time his manager Neil Cugley commented that it was Steve Bruce that helped seal the deal, as he too had moved away from his hometown (Gillingham) as a youngster to seek fame and fortune.
ter Horst hasn’t broken into the first team at Hull, but he is still a boy with a big future. The scouts flocked in Folkestone when he first broke through, and there’s no smoke without fire. If the jungle drums tell scouts a plaer is worth watching, nine times out of ten he is.
Danny and Nicky first came across the pocket sized striker in the National League South a scene they have extensive knowledge of. Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo he revealed that ter Horst was a wanted man;
“He did very well at Folkstone and had about five or six clubs interested in him. He’s having a look at us and we’re having a look at him. It’s an important time for the boy so we want it to be right for him and for us. He makes great runs and is never far away from a goal. He’s played non-league football before which I like.”
He’s been on the fringes at Hull City, classed as a youth rather than a reserve player. A year after his move he spoke to kentonline about his experiences with the Premiership side:
“When I first signed, I saw the place and spoke to Steve Bruce. This season it’s different because we’ve moved to Bishop Burton College, where the academy’s based. It’s alright but I’d prefer to be where the first-team are. I have trained with the first team a couple of times because when someone’s ill, they need someone to make up the numbers.”
ter Horst has been described as an out and out forward, the traditional ‘little man’ who can play off a target man to find runs and space. Former manager Cugley likened him to Kevin Phillips after he witnessed the former Sunderland man come up through the ranks at Baldock Town, a comparison that should get pulses racing at his potential. ter Horst is classed as both an intelligent footballer, but a level headed and intelligent person as well.
There’s little doubt that his time at the club will give Danny Cowley a chance to see if the personality is right before a potential move. ter Horst couldn’t sign for the club on a youth loan, as he is over the age of 20 although I suspect Hull want him to get some first team football and I’d expect a loan deal until the end of the season, should both parties decide it makes sense to progress.
With DC looking at the young striker I suspect it puts paid to the rumours of a return for Jonny Margetts. He hasn’t featured in an Iron line up since November 19th, and despite being constantly linked with a return it does seem more likely that we will add a youngster to the ranks rather than another experienced head. With Theo Robinson still in the fold, and the talented Adam Marriott working his way back to fitness it makes more sense to accommodate a young player on loan rather than commit to a more experienced head with increased expectations of first team football.