Standing at 1.91 metres, Sam Lammers caught the eye with 17 goals in 31 appearances for PSV Eindhoven’s reserves in 2016/17, prompting then head coach Philip Cocu to give the young striker an opportunity in the first team. He was mainly restricted to cameo appearances in his first season with the senior side, but still managed to score twice in five outings.
However, competition for the centre-forward position was such that he only made seven appearances during the following campaign. He found his form on loan at SC Heerenveen in 2018/19, scoring 16 times in 31 Eredivisie appearances as well as three goals in four cup ties.
Lammers returned to Eindhoven an established first-team player, but after suffering a knee injury he ended up joining Atalanta following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. He made 15 Serie A appearances for the Champions League participants, scoring twice.
Eintracht’s new number nine is now looking to start a new chapter on the banks of the Main, and the 24-year-old is confident that joining the Eagles is the right step in his career. “Frankfurt is a really big club,” he said. “I’m really pleased that the move worked out on the final day [of the summer transfer window] and I’m very happy to be here.”