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Having played second fiddle to Arsenal’s forgotten German at Cologne, Mark Uth is now grabbing the spotlight at Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Second only to Memphis Depay in the Eredivisie goalscoring charts, Mark Uth further cemented his status as one to watch with a goal in Heerenveen’s 4-0 victory over PEC Zwolle at the weekend.

Converting from the spot to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead going into the break, the goal was Uth’s 13th in the Dutch top-flight and marked the continuation of a remarkable campaign for the 23-year-old German.

Who is Mark Uth?

A Cologne player throughout his formative years, Uth found his route to the first-team blocked by none other than Lukas Podolski and a string of big-money signings brought in to the fill the void left by the German international following his departure to Bayern Munich.

With first-team opportunities hard to come by, Uth opted to move to Holland and Heerenveen – a club with a reputation for developing strikers like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and John-Dahl Tomasson among others – completing a season on loan at Heracles Almelo during his early years in Holland.

Now back with the first-team, Uth is in the midst of a standout campaign, having scored 13 goals in 21 appearances with Heerenveen in the hunt for a Europa League place.

Little wonder then that the Chronicle reported, last week, that the youngster was being scouted by Newcastle with a view to the club making a summer bid.

What could Uth add to Newcastle United?

Capped by Germany at Under-20 level, Uth is more than your ordinary out-and-out goal-poacher.

A pacey, mobile, presence in the opposition box, Uth is as adept at laying on goals for his teammates as he is scoring them, having set up five already this term in the Eredivise.

Though not as effective in the air as he is with the ball at his feet, the 23-year-old is still improving and his keen eye for a pass, coupled with his skill on the ball, would make him a gamble worth taking if Newcastle are to continue their policy of unearthing diamonds in the rough from on the continent.

Valued at £1.1 million, according to Transfermarkt, while a more substantial bid would most likely be required to prise him away from Holland, it could prove money well spent for Newcastle.

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