James Rowe caught up with Tom Boere, the Dutch forward who currently plays in Germany for Türkgücü München in the 3. Liga.
(image source: pzc.nl)
JR ''You signed in 2020 Türkgücü München. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Türkgücü München?''
TB ''I am really enjoying my time at Türkgücü München. They are a club that has made a rapid rise from the lower divisions to the 3 Liga and if you win successive promotions the organization off the pitch does not always grow at the same speed and in such a case there are always things that you are confronted with but Türkgücü München are really trying to reduce the gap and are doing everything in their power to arrange things as well as possible for the players and to be competitive in the league and measure themselves with other clubs in the 3 Liga and I have seen that with my own eyes.''
JR ''You came through the youth setup and went on to make first team appearances for KAA Gent in Belgium. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories?''
TB ''I really enjoyed being at KAA Gent and I am from an area nearby in the Netherlands and I was always very happy and proud to play for KAA Gent. In between I returned to the Netherlands to play football and then I returned to Belgium and the moment where I made my debut for the first team was a particular proud moment in a match against Sint Truiden.''
JR ''You played two seasons for FC Twente. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any special memories and highlights?''
TB ''I transfered from Top Oss to FC Twente and that was a big but great step to make in my career that I look back on with pride. My first season in Enschede was a disappointment in all aspects due to the fact that we were relegated being part of such a fantastic club and suffering relegation from the Eredivisie to the Dutch 1st Division was a great shame. My second season we won the Dutch 1st division and we gained promotion back to the Eredivisie and then you see the other side of the medal and it was very special to be part of it. We made a big club in the Netherlands champions and we made many people happy and we also made many people proud and if was very special to experience such an achievement.''
JR ''You have accrued a lot of experience in Belgium, The Netherlands and now Germany. Could you say who are among the best players you have played alongside so far in your career?''
TB ''Christian Eriksen in the youth setup at Ajax and he arrived as part of the B1 team and you could see even then that he was a fantastic player. Oussama Assaidi as everybody knows has great dribbling skills and I believe as an individual that he is a great player.. He did not play for Liverpool FC for nothing. I would say that those two players stand out for me when I think about players that I have played alongside so far in my career.''
JR ''I can imagine in your position as a striker that you have come up against many difficult opponents through the years. Could you say which opponents have stood out for you in terms of talent and ability?''
TB ''Yes, I played in the Eredivisie for FC Twente and I came up against Matthijs De Ligt who is now at Juventus in Italy and he is in my opinion a great defender and not just in a defensive sense but also in terms of his stature and composure. He is so much younger than me but also a lot further on in his career and I think that such a thing is always nice to see and he is one of the few that really stuck with me and made a good impression.''
JR ''Finally Tom. Could you say who are the coaches and managers that have meant a lot to you and played a key role in your development as a professional footballer so far in your career?''
TB ''That is a great but very difficult question. During my time in Belgium I was very young and from KAA Gent I transfered to the Ajax youth academy at the age of 14 and I had a coach by the name of Karael Fraeye who worked a lot with me and under his tutelage I managed to explode on the scene in Belgium and I believe that Karael was very important in my development. Also Gery Vink from my time in the Ajax youth academy. He is currently assistant manager at Willem II in the Eredivisie and I believe that he also played an important part in my development and also as a person. I could always appreciate the way in which he worked.''
James Rowe is a Dutch Football expert based in the Netherlands, professional writer and translator for The Secret Footballer. He has featured on talkSPORT and regularly features on talkSPORT 2 and Love Sport Radio. You can follow him on Twitter here.