NEC Nijmegen striker Ole Romeny is indeed on the radar of ‘larger clubs’ this summer, general manager Wilco van Schaik told ForzaNEC of the reported Leeds United and Brentford target.
As Patrick Bamford will no doubt tell you, as he nurses those knocks and stretches those hamstrings, a centre-forward in a Marcelo Bielsa team has to do more than simply put the ball in the back of the net.
But Romeny, at just 20, already looks like a man tailor-made for ‘Bielsaball’.
The speedy Dutchman loves dropping deep to pick up possession and link the play before bursting into the box to finish in typically clinical style.
Voetbal International reported in June that Leeds have taken note of Romeny’s rapid rise in Holland, with Brentford, Manchester City and Juventus making up an intriguing throng of clubs sending scouts to Nijmegen.
“Ole has been on the radar of larger clubs for some time, especially because he plays well in international matches (for the Dutch youth teams),” Van Schaik says.
“Look at the statistics. Seven goals in 22 (league) games. That’s what those clubs are looking at.
“He is a very different Ole than in recent years, but he is still someone who, when he is free, plays football like he’s in the playground. I think that is nice to see. He is now a guy.
“He has trained very hard and I really see, the penny has fallen. We would like to keep him there, but everyone has their price.”
Van Schaik draws a comparison between Romeny and Arnaut Danjuma, an explosive winger who spent two years at NEC between 2016 and 2018 before sealing a £14 million move to Premier League strugglers Bournemouth.
With Brentford and Leeds closing in on promotion, Romeny could join Danjuma in the top flight next season.
“When Arnaut Groeneveld returned from his injury, he was a very different Groeneveld, where he knew what the professional existence means. I now also see that in Ole,” Van Schaik adds.