According to the Daily Record, St Johnstone are running the rule over former Ajax youngster and ex-Reading defender Danzell Gravenberch.

Tommy Wright’s side are on the lookout for a new defender seemingly. Influential defender Joe Shaughnessy left McDiarmid Park at the end of last season, following the expiry of his contract.

Gravenberch is a reported St Johnstone target.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

A replacement is needed. Could Gravenberch be that man?

There’s a reason Gravenberch is trialing at St Johnstone

With no disrespect to St Johnstone, a former Ajax academy prospect would be nowhere near the Perth based side if they were any decent or in form.

At Reading Gravenberch failed to make himself look like the promising youngster he once was. His contributions to the Royals were borderline non-existent. In total he made five very forgettable appearances.

Gravenberch didn’t do anything at Reading. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He made 23 last season at Belgian side KSV Roeselare, but you’d need to ask a Belgian football expert to know how well he coped with that challenge.

Dutch defender Gravenberch seems to have performed well at a low level, but with any step he’s taken to perform at a high level, he has failed miserably.

Gravenberch needs a place to rebuild his career. McDiarmid Park could offer him that. He’s okay on the ball and strong enough in the tackle, but his ability in the air and positional sense leaves a lot to be desired.

Would he be a decent signing? It depends what Gravenberch you get. If it’s the one that appeared at Reading then no. If it’s the one that showed plenty of promise with the Ajax youth teams, then yes.

An unknown quantity. (OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

The defender, who can also play in CDM, is a bit of an unknown quantity. The only way we’d really find out if he was any good at SPFL level is if he signs for Wright’s side.

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