May 11, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT
A second work-permit denial for Stoke City may have ended in a mutual parting of ways between Juan Agudelo and his Premier League employers, but his performance in the Eredivisie this season has Dutch clubs licking their chops.
Playing on loan for FC Utrecht after the first work permit denial in January, Agudelo scored thrice and added three assists in 14 matches.
The American striker won’t turn 22 until November and, according to MLSSoccer.com, has opened the eyes of the Netherlands soccer faithful.
Sources in the Netherlands have confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that the 21-year-old US international, fresh off a loan stint with FC Utrecht, has considerable interest around a league well-known for shaping attackers. It is not yet known if the Galgenwaard Stadion club are among those who intend an attempt at signing Agudelo on a permanent deal.
After the first work permit rejection with Stoke, Agudelo also had loan interest from league rivals FC Twente and NEC Nijmegen, among others.
With 29 shots in 14 appearances, it isn’t hard to believe he’s desired in the Netherlands… but what about the rest of Europe? England seems to be out of the question, but will Agudelo look into interest from other nations, or will knowing he’d be fine to make the grade in the Eredivisie keep him there?
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