Aston Villa have gone through stages of looking at different markets for potential additions.
During the reign of Paul Lambert, Villa brought in highly-rated youngsters from lower down the Football League from Ashley Westwood to Jordan Bowery.
Ahead of their first season back in the Championship in the summer of 2016, Aston Villa spent big on a vast array of players who had proven themselves in the second tier of English football. Ross McCormack, Mile Jedinak, James Chester and co had all ‘been there and done it’.
Now, however, it appears that Villa are sending their scouts to a new part of the world, Holland, with some of the most promising young Dutch talent on the radar of the Midland giants.
Sportclub Susteren confirmed last week that their 16-year-old goalkeeping prodigy Raf Crommentuijn had spent the week on trial with Aston Villa. He started an U16 clash against Leicester City and even saved a penalty.
GROOT NIEUWS! Onze keeper van SCS JO-17 heeft al een positieve stageweek gehad bij @astonvilla en vliegt morgen weer naar Birmingham om een wedstrijd mee te spelen tegen Fulham!
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— Sc Susteren (@ScSusteren) March 7, 2018
And The Sun has now reported that another Dutch youngster is in Villa’s sights. It is understood that Steve Bruce’s side sent scouts to watch the ADO Den Haag’s U21s play RC Waalwijk on Tuesday night with Sam van Huffel the reason for their trip.
And Van Huffel certainly seized his chance to impress. It was his goal, eight minutes from time, that sealed a 3-2 win for Den Haag and Villa’s scouts surely had a good word to say about the 19-year-old.
With Villa looking at two Holland-based talents in the space of a week, is this the start of a trend?