Back in November, Aston Villa were linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven striker Jurgen Locadia.
The report in the Sunday People claimed Paul Lambert’s scouts had been monitoring the 20-year-old for some time, at that the manager himself had travelled to watch Locadia for himself.
The same story claimed the player was seen as a potential £4million replacement for Christian Benteke, should the Belgian leave Villa Park in January.
That did not happen, but given Benteke’s return to form and the constant transfer gossip surrounding players of such quality, it will be interesting to see just how long Villa can keep hold of their star striker.
If they do need to sign a replacement, they could do far worse than Locadia, who is of a similar build and style to Benteke. And the PSV man also has a good strike-rate, with 13 goals and six assists to date this season.
And he now appears to be learning from one of the very best strikers of all time, with former Manchester United frontman Ruud van Nistelrooy currently working with the Dutch club in a bid to learn more about the coaching side of the game.
While van Nistelrooy is reported working predominantly with the youth team, Inside Futbol reports that he also contributes to the senior side on occasions, something Locadia appears grateful for.
In an interview with PSV TV, the young forward said of the United legend, “Everything that he has been through, he can teach me about.
“If he’s here during training, I learn a lot from him. It is something different from the training sessions I get from Phillip Cocu and Ernest Faber.”
If he can be anywhere near as prolific as the man he is now learning from, Villa may be wise to make a move regardless of what happens with Benteke.