No sooner had Ronald Koeman got his loafers under the desk at Southampton than he was shelling out to bring Eredivisie stars Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic to St Mary’s.
Both hit a hatful of goals in the Netherlands last term, but shopping in the notoriously treacherous transfer waters of the Dutch top flight means how well they’ll fare in the Premier League is anybody’s guess.
For every Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luis Suarez there’s 20 Jozy Altidores.
Pelle is 17/20 to reach double figures in the league next term, but to do so his next step will have to be a fair bit surer than some of these one-time Eredivisie goal-fiends.
Afonso Alves – Eredivisie tally – 45 goals in 39 appearances
The archetypal left-his-goals-in-Holland hitman, Alves broke Gareth Southgate’s managerial heart in failing to reproduce the form that saw him hit 45 goals in 39 outings for Heerenveen in a Middlesbrough shirt.
So chastening an experience was his time on Teeside that the Brazilian hot-footed it straight for the UAE where he briefly rediscovered his fondness for the onion bag at Al Rayyan.
Mounir El Hamdaoui – Eredivisie tally – 66 goals in 113 appearances
Loaned out to Derby while on the Tottenham books as youngster, the Moroccan netted three times for the Pride Parkers in 2005/06.
Offloaded to Willem II in 2006/07 he helped himself to another trio, before briefly shelving an addiction to the third integer that has come to define his career.
Across five years at AZ and Ajax he netted at more than a goal a game before Fiorentina came a-calling.
Sadly for the one-time Lilywhite, his numerical nemesis caught up with him in Florence, with his 19 games for the Viola yielding just three goals.
A loan spell at Malaga followed, but he has been afforded just ten games, for which his trio of strikes rates a far from horrendous return.
Björn Vleminckx – Eredivisie tally – 31 goals in 63 appearances
Fittingly for a man born in the Belgian town of Boom a prolonged bust followed Vleminckx’s sole season at NEC in 2010/11, in which he finished as the division’s top scorer.
Returning to his homeland a titan, he managed a more sedate nine goals in 39 starts for Club Brugge, before being farmed out to Turkey.
Bas Dost – Eredivisie tally – 69 goals in 152 appearances
While at renowned non-translatable goalscorer breeders Heerenveen, penalty area operative Dost hit 45 goals in 66 games to earn a move to Wolfsburg.
Since signing on at the VW bankrolled outfit he has been used sparingly, despite striking reliably when employed, grabbing 12 goals in 41 outings.