Post your 23 best(or most talented) players in the Dutch League. Keep in mind it has to be realistic. So you have to have 3 goalies, 7 or 8 defenders, 6-10 midfielders, 2-6 attackers. This depends on the tactics. If you play 433 you have to have at least 7 defenders, 6 midfielders, 4 wingers and two strikers. Giving you one extra option. It interesting to look back at this thread in a few years to see where these players are than. See if my predictions were right.
Kristoffer Nordfeldt(SC Heerenveen), age: 23
Prezymeslaw Tyton (PSV), age:25
Jeroen Zoet(PSV/RKC), age:21
Kevin Conboy(NEC), LB age:25
Erik Pieters/Jetro Willems*(PSV), LB age 24 and 18
Bruno Martins Indi(Feyenoord), CB age: 20
Douglas CB (Twente)/De Vrij* CB/RB(Feyenoord) age: 24 and 20
Toby Alderweireld(Ajax), CB age: 23
Rens van Eijden(NEC)/Tomas Kalas(Vitesse) CB age: 24 and 19
Ricardo van Rhijn(Ajax), RB/CB age: 21
Adam Maher(AZ), CM/AM/DM age: 19
Filip Djuricic(Heerenveen), AM/CM age: 20
Christiaan Eriksen(Ajax), AM/CM age: 20
Marco van Ginkel(Vitesse), CM/AM age: 20
Kevin Strootman(PSV), CM/DM age: 22
Jordy Clasie(Feyenoord), DM/CM age: 21
Siem De Jong(Ajax), AM/ST age: 23
Ola Toivonen(PSV), AM/ST age 26
Dusan Tadic(Twente), LW/RW/AM age: 22
Nacer Chadli(Twente), LW age: 23
Wilfried Bony(Vitesse), ST age: 23
Jermaine Lens(PSV), ST/RW/LW age: 24
Luciano Narsingh(PSV), RW age: 22
• these are players who are still in the pecking order behind the player listed at first but have more potential for the future, while the others are stagnating atm.
Van Rhijn – Douglas – BMI – Pieters
Eriksen – Djuricic(Maher**)
Narsingh – Bony – Tadic
** Maher could take the spot of both Eriksen and Djuricic.
I excluded the players who are to old IMO but still belong to the best players in the league like Van Bommel and Schaken. Age really is an good indicator of the Dutch league. We hardly have any quality players who are older than 24.
Explaination of the players picked:
The Dutch league has got some good goalies and none really stand out like Gomes did a few years ago. We have Tyton who is a starter for the Polish NT, which means a lot. Zoet is the biggest talent in the Dutch league while I feel Nordveldt doesnt get the credit he deserves. Apart from these goalies the Eredivisie has some solid goalies in: Velthuizen, Vermeer, Mulder, De Ruiter while it has two really crappy ones in Luciano and the Polish Roda goalie.
At LB the Dutch league doesnt have all that many options. Pieters and Willems are the #1 and #2 LB’s for Oranje while Conboy IMO was the best LB last year. Another players that deserves a mention is the ever critized Blind, he has been playing pretty good as of late. Vitesse’s Van Aanholt isn’t bad neither. At RB the Dutch league has even less choice. The obvious would be Van Rhijn and Janmaat, I prefer the first because the latter cant really defend. Another player that hasnt even featured is Vitesse’s Aksentijevic. He is one of the bigger Serbian talents and I’m pretty sure he will be good for Vitesse once he gets settled, great offensivly as defensivly. Vitesse will have the best defence without a doubt once he gets settled in: Van Aanholt – Kashia – Kalas – Aksentijevic. The CB’s Douglas, BMI and Alderweireld all speak for themselves while I feel Van Eijden doesnt get the credit he deserves(he will not be a topclass defender but a good CB for eredivisie level ala Wisgerhof). Kalas is a future gem and perhaps I’d even pick him in front of Van Eijden but bias prohibits me from doing this.
The midfield is pretty obvious to me and I think most of you guys would agree. Keep in mind I didnt pick MvB because he is allready 35. Other players worth a mention are Willy Overtoom(Heracles), a Cameroon international and nice #10 who could fit in most topteams in the league. Theo Janssen(Vitesse) when in form he is one of the best players in the league, best player of the league two years ago with a superb left foot. Navarone Foor(NEC), a very young and versatile player, works hard has got a good vision and technique to bad he is pretty weak and needs to improve his finishing. Maarten Martens(AZ), one of the better players in the league but unfortunatly for him he is injured most of the time.
Offensively I think my options are obvious as well. I think some of you guys would pick someone else like for example Altidore(AZ), Schaken(Feyenoord), Sigthorsson(Ajax).