Aston Villa have something of a goalkeeper problem to solve with the first-team, but plans for the future also being put in place with a 16-year-old goalie set to join the club. According to reports in the Netherlands teenager Raf Crommentuijn is set for a move to join the Aston Villa youth set-up.
The potential move has been confirmed by the youngster’s current club Sportclub Susteren, where he plays for the under-17s. On the club’s official site they commented on his recent trial with Aston Villa’s youth-team. Crommentuijn played in a fixture for the club’s under-16s against Leicester City, a 4-2 win. He certainly impressed, saving a penalty in the game. The schoolboy even got to train alongside the first-team, including John Terry.
SC Susteren also confirmed that he is on his way to train with Aston Villa again this weekend. the 16-year-old will feature for the under-16s in a tie with Fulham on Saturday.
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
The 16-year-old stopper was previously on the books at Eredivisie side Roda JC. He left, deciding to play for his grandfather’s old team SCS instead – with hopes of becoming their new number one stopper.
But clearly Aston Villa are fans of the youngster and his current club are supportive of him in his pursuit of a career with the Championship side.
Aston Villa’s first-team goalkeeper issues stem from only having Sam Johnstone on loan. That is something Villa will aim to rectify in the summer with Manchester United.
Crommentuijn still has plenty to do before he can dream of playing for the Aston Villa first-team. However, if he can impress again this weekend, a move to the Midlands could be in the offing.
Training day-in and day-out at the incredible facilities at Bodymoor Heath will undoubtedly be a dream for any young footballer. Getting to train with a football legend like John Terry must have also been awe-inspiring for the talented teenager.
So remember the name Raf Crommentuijn, as one day he might just be playing for the Aston Villa first-team.