The Dutchman has scored goals for fun in Holland but struggled elsewhere. Worth a gamble? Or another Altidore?
It is being reported by the Sunderland Echo that Sunderland are not in any way interested in Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes. They claim that the Blackburn striker is not the type of front-man that boss Dick Advocaat is after at The Stadium of Light.
Instead he is after something else. He wants a big target-man, who is also capable of scoring goals, to be the lead man in a front three.
Could the perfect option be a Dutchman who recently flopped at Newcastle United?
The player in question is Luuk De Jong, brother of Newcastle United’s Siem De Jong.
The former FC Twente striker spent half a season with Newcastle in 2014 but failed to score during a woeful barren spell for the centre forward.
Not really selling him to Sunderland fans here.
At that time he was in a rut, but prior to that he had scored goals for fun with Twente in the Dutch Eredvisie. A move to Borussia Monchengladbach did not work out for the striker and he struggled to find his best form after that.
Last summer he headed back to The Netherlands, where he was back in top form. He scored 26 goals in 45 appearances. He currently has three goals in two games for PSV this campaign and has worked his way back into the Dutch national team.
Of course Sunderland fans would worry that this might turn out to be another Jozy Altidore experience. But with his brother local and the fact he is currently in form, he might be a perfect buy for countryman Advocaat.