Jens Toornstra

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Jens Toornstra
Jens Toornstra (2012).jpg
Personal information
Full name Jens Toornstra
Date of birth (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Feyenoord
Number 28
Youth career
Alphense Boys
TAVV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 ADO Den Haag 104 (11)
2013–2014 FC Utrecht 48 (18)
2014– Feyenoord 81 (23)
National team
2010–2013 Netherlands U21[1] 5 (1)
2013– Netherlands 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Jens Toornstra (born 4 April 1989 in Leiderdorp) is a Dutch footballer currently playing for Eredivisie side Feyenoord. He is usually an attacking midifielder and is praised for his perseverance and his endurance.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In his youth, Toornstra played eight years for amateur football club Alphense Boys in the Tweede Klasse C. In his last year he scored twenty goals for the team.[2] He impressed so much Kees Jansma recommended Toornstra to ADO Den Haag.[2] Initially, the scouts of ADO Den Haag didn't really believed Toornstra could be so good but ADO Den Haag bought Toornstra for the reserve squad.

ADO Den Haag[edit]

In the summer of 2009 Toornstra came to ADO Den Haag with a contract until July 2012. He made his debut in the 3–0 victory against Willem II.[3] Soon, he became first team player for ADO and quickly gained interests from AZ, FC Twente and Roda JC.[4] Toornstra signed a new improved contract on 4 July that same year until the summer of 2013.[5] In the season 2010/2011 Toornstra received the jersey number 7, last worn by Karim Soltani who moved to Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C.. Toornstra scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag in January against Excelsior[6] after missing not a single game. On 26 May 26, 2011,[7] Toornstra scored a hat trick against Groningen in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. His goals helped Den Haag to a 5–1 lead on aggregate.[8]

FC Utrecht[edit]

At the end of the winter transfer window, Toornstra signed with FC Utrecht.[9] He grew out to be one of the important players.

Feyenoord[edit]

On 25 August 2014, Toornstra made a transfer to Feyenoord for a fee of 3.5 million euros. He signed a four-year deal.[10]

International[edit]

On 13 May 2010 Toornstra got his first election for the Dutch under-21 football team for the games against Portugal on 18 and 21 May.[11] He instantly played his first match on 18 May.[12] He scored his first goal for the U-21 team on 11 August 2010 against Liechtenstein.[1]

In May 2013 Jens Toornstra was part of the first national team of the Netherlands for the Asia-trip. Netherlands played in Asia against China and Indonesia. Toornstra made his debut in a friendly against Indonesia.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
ADO Den Haag 2009–10 18 0 0 0 18 0
2010–11 34 3 2 0 36 3
2011–12 32 3 2 1 4 1 38 5
2012–13 21 5 2 1 23 6
Total 105 11 6 2 4 1 115 14
FC Utrecht 2012–13 12 5 0 0 12 5
2013–14 34 12 4 3 2 0 40 15
2014–15 2 1 0 0 2 1
Total 48 18 4 3 2 0 54 21
Feyenoord 2014–15 29 7 1 0 8 3 38 10
2015–16 21 2 3 0 0 0 24 2
2016–17 31 14 3 1 6 0 40 15
Total 81 23 7 1 14 3 102 27
Career total 232 53 17 6 20 4 271 62

Statistics accurate as of last match played on 16 April 2017.

National team statistics[edit]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2017 1 0
Total 3 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 28 March 2017

Honours[edit]

Feyenoord

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tijd. "Jong Oranje pakt groepswinst na zege" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jens Toornstra zet Nederlandse scouts in hun hemd". Vi.nl. 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ ADO Den Haag vs. Willem II – 13 Februari 2010 (Dutch)
  4. ^ Tijd (20 April 2010). "AZ, Twente en Roda azen op Toornstra" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 
  5. ^ Tijd. "ADO en Toornstra komen tot akkoord" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 
  6. ^ Tijd. "Toornstra:"Het was een soort bevrijding"" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 
  7. ^ "European review | Sky Sports | Home | News". Sky Sports. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Eredivisie: Den Haag on the brink of European qualification – ESPNFC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Eredivisie: ADO bevestigt: Toornstra naar FC Utrecht". Voetbalprimeur. 31 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "FEYENOORD VERSTERKT ZICH MET JENS TOORNSTRA". Feyenoord. 25 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Tijd. "Toornstra maakt debuut in Jong Oranje" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 
  12. ^ "Jong Oranje slikt in Portugal eerste seizoensnederlaag". Vi.nl. 

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