5 Eredivisie strikers Newcastle should scout this season

Netherlands Fans Oranje

With Newcastle United reportedly taking a closer look at Heerenveen’s Mark Uth, we unearth five other Eredivisie gems for the Magpies to consider.

Once the understudy to Lukas Podolski at Cologne in Germany, Mark Uth has come into his own since moving to Heerenveen - where his form is reported to have attracted the attention of Newcastle United.

The 23-year-old has netted 13 goals in the Eredivisie already this term to put him second only to PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay in the Dutch top-flight scoring charts and potentially on course for a move to the Premier League.

According to The Chronicle, the club is compiling a dossier on the German youngster with a view to a possible summer bid.

However, with plenty of other strikers impressing in Holland of late, we’ve picked out five other potential options for the St James’ Park club.

1. Luc Castaignos – Twente

Despite being just 22, Castaignos has already enjoyed an eventful career having come up through the ranks at Feyenoord before working under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.

A move to Italy may have proven something of a mistake but with the Dutch star on course for his best season yet at Twente, where he has managed 13 goals in 24 outings so far this season, another switch to Europe’s big leagues surely beckons for this talented and versatile attacking star.

2. Ruud Boymans – Utrecht

A little older at 25, Boymans pitched up at Utrecht this season following a frustrating spell with AZ Alkmaar where he was often sent out on loan and rarely given an opportunity to shine in the first-team.

Now playing regularly as a target man for Utrecht, Boyman’s aerial ability and poacher-like presence in the box has been a joy to behold and has also already equated to nine goals in 14 games.

3. Samuel Armenteros – Willem II

On loan in the Eredivisie from Belgian giants Anderlecht, one-time Sweden under-21 star Armenteros could be in line for a call-up to the full national side on the back of his recent form with eight goals in 14 appearances so far in Holland’s top-flight this season.

Stocky yet comfortable with the ball at his feet, Armentero’s Anderlecht schooling has helped the 24-year-old become a cultivated presence on the pitch full of fine passing, excellent through balls and even better goals.

4. Michael de Leeuw – Groningen

The veteran of the bunch at a whopping 28, de Leeuw nevertheless looks worthy of a shot at the big time having proven himself as a solid goalscorer over the last five seasons in the Dutch top-flight, first with De Graafschap and now at Groningen.

The former Willem II youth prospect has already scored 13 goals in 17 games this season while his versatility - de Leeuw can play up front, on the left wing and in an attacking or even central midfield role – would make him a welcome addition to any Premier League squad.

Another effective presence in the air, de Leeuw’s work rate and balls skills could make him a major find for Newcastle or any other club looking to take an inexpensive gamble on a potentially important utility player/back-up striker.

5. Michiel Kramer – ADO Den Haag

Standing tall at an astonishing 6ft 5in, Kramer may be a traditional centre forward by trade but he’s proven highly effective so far this season with 11 goals from 19 appearances for the unfashionable Eredivisie outfit.

Now 26, what Kramer lacks in finesse he more than makes up for with sheer force of will and power and the striker could prove a valuable asset when coming off the bench in an otherwise tight encounter in the Premier League with his bulky frame and surprisingly good close control.

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