Name: Lex Immers
Date of Birth: 08.06.1986
Former clubs: ADO Den Haag, Feyenoord.
Appearances (goals): 297 (74)
Lex Immers` opener for promotion-chasing Cardiff at Fulham last weekend wasn`t enough to help the Bluebirds close the five-point gap to Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off spot, as the Cottagers came from a goal down to win 2-1, but it was another impressive display from the on-loan Dutch attacker.
Since joining from Eredivisie side Feyenoord in January for the remainder of the season, Immers has bagged five goals in 12 league matches for Russell Slade`s men, who will likely be one of many interested parties vying for his signature at the end of the season, with a move away from the Dutch club expected.
Able to play in either an attacking midfield role, or behind the striker, Immers began his career with ADO Den Haag, making his first appearance for the side at the start of the 2007/2008 season from the bench in a 2-2 draw at RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch second-tier, following their relegation the previous season.
He bagged his first goal for the club just three days later, again coming on from the bench, to snatch all three points with a late winner to secure a 1-0 victory at home to SC Cambuur, the first of six strikes during his debut campaign, as the club was promoted back to the Eredivisie at the first time of trying.
After five seasons with ADO Den Haag, which saw him score 34 goals in 160 games, and included a seventh place finish in the top flight at the end of the 2010/2011 campaign, Immers secured a move to his current employer, in a player plus cash transfer, signing on a four-year deal until the summer of 2016.
The attacker was handed the number 10 shirt following the return of striker John Guidetti to Manchester City after a loan spell, and it proved a relatively successful first season for Immers, who notched 12 goals in 32 games in all competitions, as Feyenoord finished in third, behind runners up PSV on goal difference.
12 more goals, again in 32 matches, came the following campaign, as the club went one better than the previous year, finishing in second, four points behind Champions Ajax, to secure a place in last season`s Europa League, with Immers quickly becoming one of the key players at the Rotterdam based club.
His form in his first two seasons at De Kuip saw Immers handed a contract extension in May 2014, extending his stay with the club for a further year, with his new deal set to expire in the summer of 2017.
Last season ended disappointingly for Feyenoord, as just two points from their last five league matches saw them finish in fourth, alongside a Europa League campaign in which they were eliminated in the first knockout round to Roma, but Immers remained a constant fixture, with eight goals in 36 matches.
With Giovanni Van Bronckhorst taking the reins in May, Immers found himself out of favour this term, featuring just six times for Feyenoord prior to his switch to Cardiff, and with just one year left of his deal, his form in the Welsh capital won`t have done his chances of moving away permanently in the summer.
One to Watch – Lex Immers
Name: Lex Immers