Dutch and Belgian football was once a place top teams would steer clear from. The quality of the leagues was considered too low to seriously evaluate a player’s true potential. In recent years though, those same top teams are now willing to make expensive gambles.
This Summer, OSC Lille broke their
Despite being 1-0 up, as the teams entered the tunnel at half-time Erik Ten Hag would have been worried. Midfielder Edson Alvarez had been sent off just a few minutes before the break. Yet, as Ajax and Vitesse returned to the second half of their Eredivisie clash, the youngest and
This season, we have seen Wout Weghorst tear up the Bundesliga with over 16 goals, Frenkie De Jong delight the Nou Camp, Kasper Dolberg lead Angel Di Maria for goals scored in France, and Steven Bergwijn score goals against Manchester City & United.
All these players have come from a league
"It's not possible to predict anything in football, you just have to work hard and develop and in the end you see.” - Martin Ødegaard
Catapulted into global stardom as a 16-year-old prodigy signed by Real Madrid in 2015, Martin Ødegaard seems to have been around forever. The Norwegian attacking-midfielder, who
Ever since the Eredivisie started to produce great young wingers, the general hype and expectations of these players when they move to a bigger club in a bigger league can sometimes overwhelm. Using the likes of Memphis Depay and going as far back as Ryan Babel as examples who have
“You grow up quickly. I learned a lot in Holland, and I am learning even more playing in the Championship under someone like Frank ... but Chelsea is still the ultimate goal. When the time comes, I want to go back and secure my place there.”
A young man from Portsmouth,
The Dutch Eredivisie has always been renowned for producing highly talented individuals over the years. It has acted as a feeder league for most of the other big European heavyweights. However, not all the promising young talents that come out of the Eredivisie have fulfilled their potential. In recent years,