Academy Watch: Class of 2024
In this section, we'll look at my historical youth intakes. At the end of every season, I'll go back and look at an intake from my time here at RKC and see if the key prospects worked out? Or if they flamed out, never to be seen again.
Intake #6. It's the Class of 2024.
Our intake fields went from rich and verdant to fallow in just one year. We'll concentrate on the 3* prospects and up, unless there are any significant deviations. We only had Jesse Stenzler and Peter Goedgebuure as our 3* and up. However, Jordy Mulder was tagged as a possible late-bloomer.
Then: 15 years old, RKC Waalwijk
Now: 21 years old, Manchester City
Jesse made his debut in the 2023/24 season and in the three and a half seasons he was at the club, he made 47 appearances, scoring 4 goals for an average rating of 7.02. In the summer of 2027, he intimated to the club that he would not sign a long term contract, Rassenballsport Leipzig then came in with a £15m + 50% sell on bid. During his time at RB Leipzig, he made 47 appearances in all competitions for them, assisting 4 times for a 7.00 average rating. In the summer of 2028, however, he would be sold to Real Madrid C.F for £13.25m. In his time in Spain, he would make 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring once and assisting twice for an average rating of 7.16. Sadly, he would be on the move again this recent offseason, moving to Manchester CIty for £33.25m
So far, Jesse has four winner's medals in his pocket, the 2028 La Liga Santander and Supercopa de Espana, whilst in Madrid and the 2029 UEFA Super Cup and McDonalds Community Shield with Manchester City.
Jesse made his debut for the Netherlands in March 2028 in a UEFA Nations League match against Slovakia. Since then he has picked up another 3 caps
Then: 16 years old, RKC Waalwijk
Now: 22 years old, AC Milan
Peter made his debut in the last game of the 2024/25 season for the club. In his three and a half seasons at the club, he made 67 appearances, conceding 77 goals and keeping 21 clean sheets for an average rating of 6.96. In the summer of 2027, AC Milan came in with a £15m + 50% sell on bid. He has yet to make an appearance for Milan, but spent the 2027/28 season on loan at Real Zaragoza C.F, where he made 42 appearances, conceding 72 goals and only keeping 6 clean sheets for a 6.74 average rating. He also spent last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund where he made just the 4 appearances in all competitions, conceding 6 goals for an average rating of 6.72.
Peter also has made 15 appearances for the Netherlands U-21's, but has yet to make the step up to the main side.
Then: 16 years old, RKC Waalwijk
Now: 21 years old, De Graafschap
Jordy made his debut for the first team in the 2025/26 season. In four and a half seasons at the club, he made 56 appearances for the club, scoring 3 times and assisting 16 times for an average rating of 7.27. He was incredibly consistent for us, but I had somewhat of a logjam at right back and needed to make way, so when relegation-haunted De Graafschap signed him to a deal starting in the 2028/29 offseason for £1.5m, I was happy to let him go. He has made 20 appearances for the club so far, scoring once and assisting twice for an average rating of 6.78.
This was also a hidden gems intake, on the defensive side. Pim de Jong, Melvin Plat and Simon den Dikken have all made appearances for the first team recently.