Ole Romeny should reject a move to Leeds United, Brentford or Norwich City and stay in Holland for the time being, NEC Nijmegen coach Rogier Meijer has told Fox Sports.
While it’s fair to say Eredivisie imports have a rather mixed record on English shores, this rangy 20-year-old feels like something rather special.
He has the finishing skills of a Ruud van Nistelrooy and, with his elastic skills and a tendency to leave defenders red-faced with a clever shimmy or a ruthless nutmeg, it should be no surprise that Romeny has his pick of the clubs this summer.
Voetbal International report that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are rivalling Serie A champions Juventus for his signature.
But with Romeny making it clear that he wants to be a key player at his next club, maybe he will be tempted by the chance to join Leeds, Norwich or a Brentford side famed for giving a platform to under-the-radar youngsters.
According to a man who knows him better than most, however, Romeny should remember that the grass is not always greener elsewhere.
“What is best for him now is playing at NEC,” Meijer explains.
“Ole has been in the squad for a while now, for two or three years. On the bench, playing, on the bench, playing… that’s kind of his career until now.
“He hasn’t really secured a permanent place (in the starting XI) yet, be it as a striker or as a left winger. “
“It is best for him to play 25 to 30 games and score 15 to 20 goals. Then you can look at taking the next step. Ole does not have to leave.
“I would like to keep Ole.”
Having only turned 20 earlier this month, Romeny has time on his side.
And if he continues to hone his considerable talents back home, offers from the likes of Leeds and Man City will still be there in a few months’ time.