Soccer Future Watch: Cody Gakpo Soccer Cards, PSV Eindhoven – At 23 years old, Cody Gakpo is borderline geriatric compared to many of the other rookies who are currently exciting soccer card collectors and investors. That is not necessarily a bad thing. He arrives in the hobby as goal scorer-in-chief at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. He is one of national team coach Louis Van Gaal’s deadliest weapons at the World Cup in Qatar. Proof positive is him scoring the fastest goal in the World Cup against Ecuador on November 25th. This is not a case of a prospect who may become a good player. This is a case of a good player who may become great.
The 2021-22 Dutch Footballer of the Year is a PSV man through and through. He joined the club in 2007 as a young lad, and progressed successfully through the youth teams. He made his senior team debut in 2018 under Mark van Bommel before breaking through to get regular playing time in the first team in the 2019-20 season.
Having gone from strength to strength since his debut, Gakpo has shown the leadership skills needed to captain PSV many times. He scored 21 goals across 47 games in all competitions in the 2021-22 season, along with a rake-load of assists. One of those goals was the cup winning goal in the KNVB Beker Final versus arch-rivals Ajax.
In the summer of 2022 many clubs, Manchester United and Leeds United among them, came calling for Gakpo. However, with the World Cup in view, he decided to stay at PSV for 2022-23. That decision has paid off. He’s started the season well with some big performances in the Eredivisie and the Europa League his stock has continued to rise. He heads to Qatar in fantastic form as part of a very confident Dutch team.
The question with Gakpo is, what kind of Dutch export is he going to be? Is he going to be like Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong; PSV heroes who have moderate success elsewhere in Europe? Or could he be a Ruud Van Nistelrooy, an Arjen Robben, or even a Ruud Gullit? If you think that Cody Gakpo will someday be part of the latter list, then now is as good a time as any to grab his rookie cards.
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