• Big future...Kew Jaliens believes Adam Taggart is the real deal. (Getty)(Getty)
Veteran Dutch defender Kew Jaliens reckons Golden Boot chasing Adam Taggart has what it takes to succeed in Europe as the young striker spearheads Newcastle’s late-season play-off push.
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SBS: Dave Lewis

13 Mar 2014 - 8:16 PM  UPDATED 13 Mar 2014 - 8:43 PM

With 11 goals, Taggart, 20, heads the A-League scoring charts as the Jets approach Saturday night’s derby against Central Coast at Hunter Stadium seeking to leapfrog the sixth-placed Mariners.

And Jaliens says he possesses 'all the basic ingredients" to make an impact on the Continent.

'He has everything he needs to make it. The next step for him is to go to Europe where they teach you how to really play and take you to another level.

'That’s the big difference between Australia and Europe – it’s how they bring up their players.

'That was the case for me in Holland, how I was taught about tactics and what to do and not to do in my position.

'The same would be the case for Adam, if he goes because there is always more to learn."

Taggart, whose is contracted until the end of next season and is being looked at by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as a potential World Cup bolter, is being tracked by clubs in Belgium and Holland.

And Jaliens contends he would be perfectly suited for the Eredivisie, explaining: 'I think he is ready to go now if the chance comes for him. If you wait another year, you never know what might happen. Sometimes you can get a little setback and the opportunity can be delayed.

'I think his style would be perfectly suited for a country like Holland, where they are always looking for a target man. They just want a striker who can score goals and that is his best attribute."

Jaliens, who is on the cusp of signing a new deal which he hopes will be a pathway into the realms of coaching, knows what it takes to perform at the top level having made 10 appearances for his native Netherlands in 2006 and over 350 Eredivisie appearances for three clubs.

Jaliens, 35, has been a steadying presence at the back as the Jets won three of its last four – including the scalps of league leader Brisbane, Western Sydney and Melbourne Heart.

And he depicts each of the club’s five remaining games as a final as it bids to clinch a play-off spot, starting against the Mariners before rounding off the regular season against Wellington, Perth, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide – three of which are home games.

'In this league, where there is no relegation and maybe the crowds are not so big sometimes, you have to find a way to keep lifting yourselves and for us every match now is a final," he said.

'That’s how we are treating it now – and it has been working for us in the last two games. Of course, you want to play nice football but at some point it’s not much about pretty football as getting results.

'You only get confidence from winning games – and the last two wins against Western Sydney and Melbourne Heart have been big for us.

'The game against Central Coast will be another final"¦ they are only a point ahead of us and the big incentive is to go ahead of them on the table."

On his own future with the Jets, Jaliens said: 'We are close to resolving something which will see me stay at the club. I am happy here and so is my family and after my playing days are over I want to get into coaching – and hopefully the club can offer me a pathway into that.

'I have a good relationship with our head coach Clayton Zane and even when he was the youth coach we talked about many aspects of the game, so we will see what happens in the future.

'Since taking over (from Gary van Egmond) he has brought a fresh breeze into the team with his approach and for sure we can finish in the top six.

'Our problem this season has been under-performing in the games we would expect to do well in while playing better sometimes against the more difficult teams."