Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Must Hold off on "New Bergkamp" Davy Klaassen

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 11:  Davy Klaassen of Ajax Amsterdam dejected at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group H match between AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 11, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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The prospect of reviving the career of a club legend is something that every club would be willing to jump at, but Arsenal need to take a hesitant approach in how they go about unearthing the next Dennis Bergkamp.

Recent reports from Holland have lauded one of Ajax's latest sensations, Davy Klaassen, comparing the playmaker-come-striker to his compatriot and former Gunners superstar.

The Daily Mail's Simon Jones recently wrote on the speculation linking Klaassen with a move to the club at which Bergkamp enjoyed the most successful periods of his career.

In the article, Godenzonen manager Frank de Boer is quoted as saying of his academy graduate, "Davy is an attacking midfielder who can play centre forward. He’s definitely very talented. Moreover, he’s a smart guy."

De Boer (left) and Bergkamp (right)
De Boer (left) and Bergkamp (right)Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

However, as voluptuous as the thought might sound of Arsenal having another Bergkamp-esque presence around, the North Londoners are better off leaving the player exactly where he is for now.

Having only made six Eredivisie starts and barely out of his teenage years, suffice it to say that Klaassen still has his whole career ahead of him, irrespective of the trend of signing younger and younger players spiraling to new heights in recent years.

Ajax's academy is renowned for its factory line of young talent, but if Arsenal do want to see the player one day realise his full potential, then where better would he be placed than under the tutelage of Bergkamp himself?

For the last two years now, the former Ajax, Inter and Gunners attacker has been part of the coaching team in Amsterdam, helping to nurture the youth under the care of (clearly) those proficient in their training.

As an attacking midfielder by nature, Klaassen, for all his evident talent, would undoubtedly find it difficult to settle in at the Emirates Stadium with talents such as Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky all vying for the same roles.

Ajax fan Babette van Haaren is one who hopes to see the Ajax asset stay:

Before this season, Klaassen had only scored one league goal in Holland, but that number has quickly risen after the starlet netted six in his first five Eredivisie starts of the campaign, earning the initial likening to Bergkamp.

However, the risk of stalling that progress is too great when compared with the potential reward, meaning Arsene Wenger would be wise to put a hold on moving for the youngster just yet.

Klaassen is being tipped for Holland's 2014 World Cup team.
Klaassen is being tipped for Holland's 2014 World Cup team.Julian Finney/Getty Images

With his contract set to expire in 2016, the coming years should provide better opportunities to move on Klaassen should things remain the same.

Patience in the development of younger players is a finely weighted game, so it's just as well that Arsenal have already proven themselves to be masters of the trade.