Nicely written. This is the sad truth. However whilst I don't know fully the strength of the Belgian teams, there does at least seem to be a (small) difference in class between the Dutch teams and the Belgian teams. Does that figure on transfer fees also include the Ross McCormack deal? p If that wasn't in the figure it could be a lot closer.The sad truth is that money talks ... the Championship's expenditure in the previous transfer window eclipsed that of the Belgian and Dutch leagues combined. 1 club from the Qatari league has even outperformed all the clubs from either of our leagues (Al Arabi, the 18th biggest spender this summer, is also paying wages that are at least 3x higher than those paid by e.g. Standard or Club).
The Dutch and Belgian leagues are competitive up to a point ... but how long before Depay gets bored and decides he needs a bigger challenge? The age of talents moving abroad keeps dropping ... I'm confident that mainly EPL clubs will keep coming for more and more talents that used to be part of Ajax's, Anderlecht's, PSV's, Standard's backyard ... but do you also want see our young talents move to Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Qatari, Championship clubs ... educating players for the top 5 leagues is one thing, educating them for leagues you're supposed to be able to compete with is hard to stomach ... still if you want to offer our talents reasons to stay, the BeNe League will have the biggest impact.
Every year that we postpone the BeNe League, we lose ground and our clubs will only become less attractive to join (for local and foreign talents) ... also what happens when we're not the first to merge/increase our market to 28M people ... another (merged) league that jumps ahead of us? The BeNe League should easily overtake Portugal ... where some clubs struggle to attract 2 - 3K fans.
PS is it true that De Boer had to replace Blind with Serero because he couldn't convince a quality replacement to move to the Eredivisie? Scouting (foreign) talents that can add value to a squad has become harder in Belgium and it seems the the Eredivisie clubs share this problem.
The BeNe League would be very interesting but I don't think many fans within the two countries would approve.
But as my step-dad once told me, everything goes in cycles. Everything could completely change and Dutch and/or Belgian football could rise.
As for the Blind replacement, Ajax brought in Niki Zimling on loan. The league isn't unattractive but the lack of money offered is.