The 6ft 3in Belgium ace, who has leapt ahead of Darren Bent as Villa's striking spearhead, admits it almost came at a hefty cost.
"I used to score lots of goals but that wasn't surprising because I was taller than everybody else.
"I grew very quickly but it sometimes posed a problem.
"When we played against other clubs I often had to show my identity card because they didn't believe my age! They thought I was older than I actually was."