Meritan Shabani was once linked to Ajax in his Bayern Munich era and even considered ‘the new Frenkie de Jong’. Anno 2021, the 21-year-old German with Kosovar roots plays at VVV-Venlo, after thorough scouting work by director Stan Valckx.
Shabani was sold by Bayern to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2019: it remained there for a fifteen minute attack in the League Cup, after which he landed on a rental basis at VVV on 1 February this year. “We‘ve actually known him for a few years and we’ve had him on the radar for a few years,” says Valckx to ESPN.
When Shabani was associated with Ajax in the rumour circuit, his name had already fallen into De Koel. “We always thought it was just not enough for the Eredivisie,” says Valckx, who struck just before the deadline of the winter transfer period. “I saw him live at Bayern Munich. And then he was a little dead end at Wolverhampton and he really wanted to come to the Eredivisie. In the end, it actually went very fast.”
Midweeks the German youth international debuted for VVV and immediately made the winning goal in the cup duel with NEC. “He is a highly skilled, light-footed player who can get out of his feet in different positions. And who played mainly with attacking teams,” says Valckx. “Mostly on ten? Yeah, but also on the sides. He can be at three, four positions from the feet.”