Dutch youth club Sportclub Susteren has confirmed that teenage goalkeeper Raf Crommentuijn is jetting into the UK today [Thursday] after agreeing an extended trial with Aston Villa.
Susteren announced on their official Twitter account on Wednesday that Crommentuijn, 16, will play for the Villains in a youth team game against Fulham, accompanied with a picture of the Dutch shot-stopper in the press room at Villa Park.
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!
— Sc Susteren (@ScSusteren) March 7, 2018
Susteren confirmed on their official website that Villa have sent one of their scouts on a transfer mission to keep close tabs on the teenage sensation for the past few months.
He has been on trial at Villa for the past week and did a lot to impress the West Midlands club as he saved a penalty in a 4-2 win against Leicester’s Under-16s.
Football Insider verdict
As far as youth trials go, Crommentuijn has done very well to impress at Aston Villa so far and it seems that they may want to take a very serious look at him when they can. The 16-year-old looks very tall judging by the picture shown of him at Villa Park and although that should not be a measure of how good a goalkeeper is, it’s definitely a good sign. Could he be the next Edwin van der Sar? Steve Bruce and his academy staff will no doubt be hoping that because he could turn out to be a very good signing for the Villains down the line.
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