Seeing as we wrapped up the Eredivisie title with 3 games to go i thought it would be appropriate to give our players some 'early marks'.
Feel free to agree/disagree or make predictions/suggestions about next season!
– Suffered a bit from second season syndrome. Had some crucial errors in big games (Ajax, Feyenoord, Zenit) but warrants a pass mark for his overall consistency during the season as he played every single minute of our Eredivisie season
Pasveer (N/A) – Didn’t get enough playing time but looked steady when filling in for Zoet
RB - Arias (6.5) Struggled somewhat with injuries in this post WC season but he nonetheless has cemented that RB spot when fit
RB – Brenet (5) A downgrade on Arias and looks fragile in games against higher quality opposition. Budget restrictions and Joshua being a youth product means he will probably be at the club next season.
RCB – Bruma (6.5) Ever present at CB even though he hardly did anything outstanding during the season
LCB – Rekik (6.5) Our best CB in the first half of the season but had less impact in the second half due to injuries
LCB - Isimat (6) Initially struggled to fit into the team/system but was our best CB in the second half of the season. Would be nice if we made his stay permanent.
LB – Willems (9.5)
Best LB in the league. Has improved in leaps and bounds both offensively (his number of assists
) and especially defensively to prove me and multiple other critics of his massively wrong.
LB – Tamata (N/A) Didn’t get enough playing time and has already been notified by the club that he won’t be here next season
CDM – Schaars (N/A) Missed the whole season through injury
CDM – Hiljemark (4) Simply put he is just not PSV quality. Doesn’t excel either defensively or offensively and is a massive downgrade on the other midfielders we have. Sell him in the summer please.
CDM – Hendrix (7.5) Our most underrated player in the current squad. He plays with such calmness and discipline, which is so unorthodox for a 20 year old. Struggled with niggling injuries in the second half of the season so he couldn’t establish a full time first team spot. I expect him to be a starter next season.
CDM – Guardado (9)
Near perfect season. The energy, professionalism and positivity he brought both on and off the field was reminiscent of Park Ji Sung. I believe every PSVer is happy that he has made his move a permanent one.
RCM – Wijnaldum (8.5) A real captains performance from him this season after backing up from a long WC campaign. I feel he still struggles to impose himself in the big games but is lethal against the smaller & mid-table sides. Just look at the amount of goals he has scored this season.
RCM – Vloet (N/A) Didn’t get enough playing time and will most likely get loaned out next season to gain some experience
LCM – Maher (7.5) An up and down season for him but nonetheless a 200% improvement upon last season. He was our best midfielder in the first half of the season (when he got most of his goals/assists) but seemed to be less effective in the second half of the season. I still believe he is technically our best midfielder and with Gini’s departure an almost certainty he looks set to be our main man in midfield next time around.
LCM – Ritzmaier (N/A) Didn’t get enough playing time and will most likely leave the club in the summer
Narsingh (6) I still feel he is our weakest link in our starting line-up. Like Maher, he has improved drastically since last season and has actually got a decent amount of assists but I feel he isn’t clinical in front of goal and is somewhat one-dimensional.
Jozefzoon (N/A) Missed the majority of the season out through injury so it was too harsh to give him an accurate rating
De Jong (9.5)
Our MVP this season. He has been involved in the most goals for PSV (goals + assists combined) and most importantly he put in MOTM performances when they most mattered (vs Ajax, Feyenoord, Heerenveen etc.).. After years of waiting, we finally have a good no.9
Locadia (5) Kept out of the side by a near perfect de Jong and was sometimes asked to play as a winger, which isn’t his position. Nonetheless he didn’t make too much of his chances when he did get playing time. He just seemed a better player last season but I think he should stick around for at least another year.
Memphis (9) The most talented player in the Eredivisie. He will most likely finish up as PSV’s (and the leagues) top scorer. However, he is still very raw as firstly he tries to do too much himself (thus a lack of assists) and secondly he still needs to improve his finishing – he could easily have scored 30+ goals in the league this season. Has the potential to reach the top and hopefully he gets a nice transfer this upcoming summer.