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Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool – look to the Eredivisie for transfer targets this summer

The Premier League big boys will already have one eye on the impending reopening of the transfer market, with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool looking to strengthen their squads.

A continued source of young talent is Holland’s Eredivisie, which has produced and nurtured such talents as Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez. Here are five exciting talents from the Dutch top flight that would make an impact in England.

Wilfried Bony

The Eredivisie’s top goalscorer this season with an unprecedented 30 goals in 27 games, Bony has been the catalyst for Vitesse Arnhem’s unexpected title challenge. The Ivory Coast international is the latest strong and quick forward from his nation, and looks sure to move to a bigger club this summer.

Wilfried Bony

Newcastle have been linked the African hitman, but the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham should both be monitoring Bony too.

Stefan De Vrij

Feyenoord’s captain and the leader of a home-grown revival in Rotterdam under Ronald Koeman. The assertive centre-half is one of the brightest defensive prospects in European football, and has made inroads into the Netherlands international set-up. At 21-years-old, De Vrij looks set to be a top performer and would suit the physical style of English football.

Stefan De Vrij

Arsenal, Liverpool and even Manchester United should be keeping tabs on De Vrij, who looks destined for greatness.

Alfred Finnbogason

The Iceland international has started to show up in scouting reports around Europe in the last 12 months due to his eye for goal and confidence on the ball. A loan spell with Helsingborg and 12 goals in 17 games earned him a move to Heerenveen in the off-season, and the Scandinavian has proved a bargain purchase. 24 Eredivisie goals in 28 outings is an excellent return for the 24-year-old.

Alfred Finnbogason

Heerenveen are very much a selling club and as such Finnbogason should be available at a bargain price. Liverpool and Tottenham could bolster their attacking options here, while a number of mid-range Premier League sides would have a prodigious talent on their hands.

Christian Eriksen

Arguably the best player in Dutch football at the moment, Eriksen has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Ajax, with England, Italy or Spain the destination. The Denmark international has played a significant role in the Amsterdam club’s title defence, and was influential in their recent 3-2 away win over PSV.

Christian Eriksen

Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with Eriksen in the past, however the Dane has the ability to play at any of the big clubs.

Kevin Strootman

PSV’s central midfield of veteran Mark van Bommel and Strootman is much admired in Holland, and the 23-year-old continues to grow in stature. Now a firm fixture in the Netherlands international squad with 18 caps, the box-to-box midfielder has outgrown the Eredivisie and would be a fantastic purchase for a number of English clubs.

Kevin Strootman

Manchester United have not had a dominant central midfielder enforcer since Roy Keane – Strootman could be the man to fill the void. Arsenal would also seem like a match given that Arsene Wenger has failed to replace Alex Song.

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Eredivisie Champions 2010/2011 – Ajax, PSV or Twente?

With the culmination of European football leagues across the continent, clubs such as Porto have already sown up domestic success whilst teams like Manchester United, Barcelona and AC Milan are on the verge of their titles with a handful of fixtures remaining. However one of the tightest title races is being played out in Holland, as three points separates PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and Ajax in the Eredivisie with two fixtures left to play.
At the time of writing Twente sit top of the pile on 68 points, one ahead of Ajax on 67 and three ahead of PSV on 65. Both Fred Rutten and Michael Preud’homme’s sides were knocked out of the Europa League two weeks ago at the hands of Benfica and Villarreal respectively, and their European adventures distracted the sides adequately to let Ajax back into consideration.
Twente started the season as Eredivisie champions after their league topping finish last season, and have been on-course to potentially retain their title as the side from De Grolsch Veste have been in the top two for the bulk of the season. Preud’homme’s side have juggled European and league commitments relatively well. Midfielder Theo Janssen and attackers Luuk de Jong and Marko Janko have contributed the majority of the club’s goals, but despite this The Tukkers have scored considerably less than their two title rivals, leading to a vastly superior goal difference for PSV.
Fred Rutten’s PSV Eindhoven side have also had a faltering couple of weeks, with their capitulation in Portugal against Benfica being compounded by a 2-2 draw with Heerenveen and a defeat to misfiring Feyenoord. The Boeren have been adversely impacted by the sale of star player Ibrahim Afellay to Barcelona in the January transfer window, and injuries to key players such as Orlando Engelaar and Wilfried Bouma have highlighted the club’s lack of strength in depth.
Ajax have won seven of their last eight games to make up ground and are the form side of the three contenders. De Amsterdammers have not been overly stifled by the sale of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to Liverpool in January, with strikers Mounir El Hamdaoui and Miralem Sulejmani picking up the goalscoring slack. Frank de Boer’s side contend the KNVB Beker Cup final with Twente on May 8, before meeting the the same side a week later in the last day of the season, in what may be a winner takes all encounter.
The race to be crowned the 2010/11 Dutch champions is set to go down to the wire and will not be decided until the last day of the season. On that day Ajax host Twente at the Amsterdam Arena; the winner has a great chance of taking the title but a stalemate may hand the league to PSV.
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