Pantaleo Corvino is back to his old tricks, signing Vitesse and Netherlands U21 rightback Kevin Diks nearly out of thin air for a fee believed to be around €2.5 million. We only first heard rumors of the move late last week, and now the player is in Florence, having passed his medical and signed a contract. He'll join the rest of the team at Moena. The move fits Corvino's typical theme: young player from a smaller European league signed without any warning through the press.
Kevin Diks is a 19 year old Dutch rightback born Apeldoorn. Standing at 182 cm (5'10), he's a hard working, reasonably pacy, and defensively competent teenager, although he doesn't provide much going forward yet. However, he's certainly got the natural ability to improve in that department; think of a younger, more talented Lorenzo de Silvestri, and you should have a decent idea of the sort of player Diks is. In 54 Ereedivisie appearances, he tallied 2 goals, 4 assists, and just 8 yellow cards. He's also spent the past couple years holding off a succession of highly-touted Chelsea prospects, which also speaks well of him.
Although the jump from midtable Dutch side to European-qualifying Italian side is significant, but Diks may well stick with Fiorentina next season due to the dearth of other defensive options on the roster. While it looks likely to be something a of a baptism by fire, he's been very complimentary of the Viola project and sounds genuinely excited to make the move. His former boss, too, has had nothing but nice words for both the player and his new employer, stressing how proud he is that their youngster has graduated to bigger things. With all that promise, let's just hope he fulfills everyone's expectations.