Robin van Persie has long been held up as one of the Premier League's top attacking talents. Unfortunately for the Netherlands international, he is also famous for having had a career disrupted by injury.
And this season, though the Dutchman is only 31-years-old, he has struggled to impose himself on games in quite the same way he has managed in recent seasons, partly because of the return of niggling injuries and despite the arrival of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, a man he of course knows very well.
Van Persie has netted 3 goals this season for United in 8 appearances, but has been constantly suggested by the papers as a possible outgoing at the Premier League giants.
His star is waning less at international level, despite the Netherlands struggling in their European Championship qualifying group, with the former Arsenal player having netted 7 times this calendar year, including a trio of strikes at the World Cup in Brazil.
However, with few established Dutch strikers to rival Van Persie except Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who is the same age, below we pick three of the top attacking talents the Netherlands hope may step into what are sure to be the roomy shoes of the Manchester United forward:
Luc Castaignos - Castaignos may be the most familiar to casual followers of Dutch football, given that he has long been put forward as one of the country's top attacking talents. The 22-year-old burst onto the scene at the European U17 Championships in 2009, finishing top scorer, and setting the scene for his move into top flight football with Feyenoord. By the age of 19, he had already scored 15 times for the Rotterdam giants, which saw him snapped up by Inter, a move that didn't work out so well for a player needing regular first team football. Castaignos moved back to the Eredivisie after just one season in Italy, where he has rebuilt his career at FC Twente, and he is currently one of the league's top scorers with 8 goals in 13 matches.
Jurgen Locadia - A tall and powerful striker, Locadia has slowly grown in prominence at PSV after a spectacular debut hat trick in 2012, culminating in an impressive 17 goals last season, 6 since the start of this campaign, and a preliminary call up to the Dutch full squad earlier in the year alongside Castaignos. Only just 21, the striker is a different beast to the other two forwards on the list, being somewhat of a classic target man. He is battling with Luuk de Jong up front for PSV right now but expect Locadia to emerge as one of the top forwards in the Netherlands over the next couple of years.
Richairo Zivkovic - The youngest player on the list, the 18-year-old is nevertheless possibly the most likely to become the country's next world class centre forward. Like Arjen Robben, Zivkovic burst onto the scene at an early age at Groningen, and in fact the striker stole the mantle of youngest goalscorer from the former Chelsea man, before netting an impressive 11 goals in 33 games last season, aged just 17. He was quickly snapped up by Ajax, where he has predictably shone in the country's second division under former United star Jaap Stam, currently boasting 10 goals in 12 games.
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