Dessers hopes to match Haller

Cyriel Dessers says he hopes to emulate Sebastien Haller at Utrecht but insists he is a "different" kind of striker.

The 22-year-old signed for the Eredivisie club after scoring 25 goals in 37 games for rivals NAC Breda last term.

He had joined the Dutch club from Lokeren the season before.

Speaking to NOS after joining up with his new teammates, the Belgian was signed to replace Haller, who has joined Eintracht Frankfurt.

He said: "I am a different striker to Sebastien Haller. He did an amazing job during his time at FC Utrecht and I hope to emulate what he has done which is to score many goals and become loved by the supporters.

”I have confidence in my new teammates and I have a great team behind me. I admit that it is a step from a Jupiler League team to an Eredivisie team that finished 4th and one that will play European football too but during my time in Belgium I played in the top division and also in Europe too. 

"I am aware of the tempo and I have shown that I can manage at that level.

“My teammates are open and friendly and everyone wants to help one another. I am looking forward to the season ahead. Our pre-season is shortened due to the Europa League qualifying rounds but we must be ready.”