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Can Man Utd’s new boy live up to his expectations?

Memphis Depay. A name which suits this 21-year-old, because it has strength, grace and you just can’t forget him. And the media makes sure this won’t happen with their numerous articles around the wonderboy based on Facebook-likes and vague social media posts. After all, the odds are looking good for the United fans. Mainly because of his connection with fellow Dutchmen and ex-coach Louis van Gaal writes Martijn Hilhorst.

‘LvG’ worked with the right-footed left winger at the World Cup in Brazil, in which Depay became the youngest Dutch scorer ever (at a World Cup). However, Louis van Gaal only made inquiries over the player’s availability last summer but decided to keep track of his progress rather than make a move. After 21 goals in the Eredivisie and his rising star we could state that his was a costly decision by the United manager.

The self-titled ‘Dreamchaser’, which is tattooed on his chest, have been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and he could one day live up to this standard. According to Ed van Steijn, the man who scouted Ronaldo for United, he is better than the Portuguese was at his age: “If I compare him to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at the time, then Depay has more strings to his bow. I like him better’. And his coach Cocu also adds on the pressure by comparing him with his colleague at the Dutch squad: ‘Whether he can be as good as Arjen Robben? I think so.”

But can he live up to these expectations? When it comes to football ability, you can never tell for sure at this age, but mentality-wise without a doubt. In this aspect of football he is right up there with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Constantly improving his technique and physique and being highly frustrated when it won’t go his way.

Memphis on the ball and beginning to to dribble is truly a heart raising event. His physical superiority does not limit his technical abilities which is rare – akin to his eagerness. But those moments of magic are often replaced by losing possession, shooting from impossible corners and being too irritated. His consistency is something Depay needs to work on. In the Dutch competition it’s okay to have an off-day, but not on the level he sees himself playing at.

The semi-finals of a WC, single-handedly making PSV champions after this seven years with winning the competition and on his way to become top goal scorer in the same league. Depay is only 21 years old, but he has been extraordinary and magical in many games for the Netherlands and his club PSV. Who wouldn’t want a young mix between Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo for around £25m?

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Van Gaal clinches Depay’s most coveted signature

Premier League giants Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Memphis Depay from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven subject to a medical which will take place this weekend. The right-footed left winger will sign until the summer of 2019 with the option for another year. It’s believed that PSV received around £22 million for the Dutch international reports Martijn Hilhorst.

Depay have been playing wonderfully this season for PSV and is currently the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 21 goals (two more than colleague Luuk de Jong). ‘Memphis’ is just 21-years-old, but has already been compared to big stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben.

Depay was heavily linked with moves to Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain, but eventually choose Manchester United instead, where he will play under his former coach at the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal.

Depay on his move: “Time to set my goals again on winning trophies with Manchester United. I always say; dream, believe, achieve. I was dreaming and believing of becoming the champions of the Eredivisie with PSV and we achieved it. I’m extremely grateful towards PSV and all the fans for believing in me”.

Depay started at PSV when he was just 12-years of age, he made his debut in 2011/12 and scored 38 times in 88 Eredivisie matches since then. He also played fifteen times in the Dutch national squad, including the World Cup of 2014 in Brazil. His new coach, Van Gaal, let him make his debut for ‘Oranje’ in October 2013.


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BREAKING NEWS: Depay opens talks with Manchester United

It was revealed from AD Sportwereld tonight that PSV winger Memphis Depay has already had talks with Premier League giants Manchester United in regards to a summer move to Old Trafford.

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In what seems may be the biggest transfer move of the summer, Depay has been linked with moved to Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils over the past twelve months. It is now understood that the player and agent Kees Ploegsma have already held discussions with officials from the Premier League side regarding a potential move.

The news was released in the tweet below at 11.32PM this evening.

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Ajax signs the Gudelj brothers

Eredivisie giants Ajax today announced a double Serbian signing from the same family reports Will Burns. The much anticipated transfer of AZ Alkmaar midfielder Nemanja Gudelj finally was confirmed this afternoon when he put pen to paper on five-year deal however, he did not arrive alone as his younger brother Dragiša joined from NAC Breda as well-reknowned coaching father Nebojsa posed for photos with the pair today in Amsterdam.

Dragi, Nemanja and father Nebojsa Gudelj during the tour of the ArenA – picture courtesy of


Central midfielder Nemanja Gudelj was born on November 16th 1991 in Belgrade and has plyed his trade in the Eredivisie since the summer of 2009, first with NAC Breda for four campaigns before moving onto AZ.

While in Breda he netted eight times over 79 appearances and also made 15 runouts for the Serbian Under-21 side during this tenure. During this time, his father Nebojsa was head coach of NAC and sold him in the summer of 2013 for a cool €3 million to Alkmaar. During his time at AZ over the past two seasons he has appeared on 64 occasions while scoring 17 goals. In 2014, he made the full Serbian international team nine times.

Joining on a five-year deal, Ajax have themselves a creative midfielder with a great first touch and tremendous dribbling skills. He looks to be a snip at the rumoured €4.5million that Frank de Boer has sanctioned for the playmaker.


Arriving at Ajax with his older brother is 17-year-old Dragi signing until June 2018. The young left-back will join the Ajax youth academy on a free transfer from NAC Breda on a three-year deal, and will aim to break through the first team within that contract.


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Nicolas Isimat-Mirin – Monaco’s Dynamic Young Centre-half Joins PSV

Today, Eredivisie league leaders PSV announced the loan signing of French defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin to strengthened their defensive options and give the young Frenchman the perfect opportunity to get some experience. What is the 22-year-old going to bring to PSV? French Football expert Andrew Davidson explains.

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A Parisian native, born in Meudon in the capitals’ suburbs, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin is a graduate of the famed Clairefontaine academy and has been a rising star in French football for a couple of years now, although that star has been dimmed over the past year or so.

The 22 year old centre-back has struggled to break into the Monaco team since his move there last year; however he attracted much attention in his stand-out year at Valenciennes two seasons ago.  A strong, agile player with a tremendous physique, he was excellent for the club, providing a solid platform at the back which helped take the team to 3rd in Ligue 1 at the halfway stage.

A drop in form for the team as a whole led to an 11th place finish, but Isimat-Mirin’s performances drew high praise.  Rumours of interest from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool came to nothing, and it was eventually big-spending Monaco who grabbed the youngster’s signature.

At the time Monaco, freshly stacked with billionaire cash and a Ligue 2 title, were on a charm offensive as the other clubs faced a vote over taxation issues to keep them in the league.  It was widely reported that the principality club were snapping up young prospects, for fair prices, to garner favour with their rivals.

Whatever the reasons behind the move, nobody who saw the Haitain descendants’ performances could argue – he belonged at a club where he could realise his potential.  Making just 6 appearances hasn’t dimmed the hope that he can become a bright prospect for club and country in the future.

A loan move to PSV will give Isimat-Mirin (simply ‘Isimat’ on his shirt) exactly what he needs – regular game time in a competitive league, however he has the central pairing of Karim Rekik and Jeffrey Bruma ahead of him.  He can only mature in the challenge of playing abroad for the first time, and will relish the chance.  Meanwhile, PSV fans can look forward to his dynamic play from the back.

Explosive off the mark, he is quick for a big man, and particularly adept at running down and cutting out wide moves and through balls.  He is strong in the air too, and uses his height and strength well.  And the bonus – he’s excellent with his feet, able to take the ball forward and pick a pass.  He has that air of confidence and composure so rarely found in younger centre-backs at the top level at the moment, and this, no doubt, is what has impressed PSV coach Philip Cocu.

The player has been capped at Under-20 and Under-21 level for France and will hope that, as he approaches his 23rd birthday in November, he will begin to hit the form that can catapult him into the full squad.  Compared with Mamadou Sakho during his time in France, Isimat-Mirin would certainly like to join him in the heart of the defence when the European Championships come to France in 2016.


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Will Burns presents this instant feed of breaking transfer news from the Eredivisie and regarding any Dutch players from around the world. If you wish to see a full list of the transfers today and throughout the summer visit Transfer Central here.

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De Telegraaf confirm that Ajax have agreed to sign Danish midfielder Niki Zimling from Bundesliga side Mainz 05.



Arsenal fans will be hoping this comes true. Junge Welt – a Berlin based daily newspaper – states that Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could be on his way to Arsenal after the Gunners have activated a £12.75 release clause in his contract at Bundesliga side Schalke 04.



Arsenal’s Japanese winger Ryo Miyachi, formerly rented to Feyenoord, has joined FC Twente on a years loan deal.



AS Monaco young defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin joins PSV on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old will wear the number ‘2’ shirt. (Image courtesy of PICS UNITED)



Young Feyenoord reserve keeper Warner Hahn off to PEC Zwolle on loan to play first-team football, after Ron Jans’ side lost Diederik Boer to Ajax yesterday.



Highly-rated full-back Robin Buwalda has left ADO Den Haag on loan to join Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo.



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After months of transfer speculation, Jordy Clasie commits to Feyenoord until the summer of 2018.



De Telegraaf report that Tim Hölscher has joined German third Division club Chemnitzer FC on loan from FC Twente.



Eerste Divisie side Roda JC has loaned 21-year-old central defender Timo Letschert to FC Utrecht for a season.



140901 - Yanic Wildschut - Middlesbrough English Championship side Middlesbrough have signed Heerenveen winger Yanic Wildschut on a two-year deal with an option for a further year for an undisclosed fee. You can read more about him here(Image courtesy of



SC Cambuur have strengthened their midfielder with the signing of 22-year-old Sebastian Steblecki on a two-year deal from Polish side KS Cracovia.  (Image courtesy of



The Rotterdam side are busy this morning!! In a controversial transfer, Kenneth Vermeer is finally confirmed as a Feyenoord player, joining from bitter rivals Ajax. The fee is a reported €750,000 and the goalkeeper signs a four-year contract. (Image courtesy of



Moroccan midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has rejoined Feyenoord from Aston Villa for €700,000 on a three-year contract. (Image courtesy of


The Eredivisie has experienced a goalkeeper ‘triangle-transfer’ this deadline day that began with yesterday’s shock transfer of Kenneth Vermeer leaving Ajax to join bitter rivals Feyenoord in a €700k deal after 14 years at the Amsterdam giants writes Will Burns.

Vermeer was set to spend a season on the bench at Ajax and is now set to compete with Erwin Mulder for the number-one shirt in Rotterdam. The 28-year old has signed a four-year deal but it emerged from the British press last night that he could have ended up with Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

Van Gaal tried to strike a deal at the end of last week for the Vermeer, however the stopper said he had given his word to Fred Rutten that he was joining Feyenoord.  New United boss Van Gaal is a fan of Vermeer, who would provide cover for current first choice keeper David de Gea at the Old Trafford club. It is understood, United discussed the possibility of a Anders Lindegaard plus cash deal, going to Rotterdam to help make the deal happen but Vermeer insisted on completing the move to De Kuip.

On the move, Vermeer said to De Telegraaf: “’It was a chance I had to grab with both hands. I’m grateful to Ajax for 14 fantastic years but I had to put myself first. I want to be playing. And I can do that at Feyenoord”

This controversial transfer has caused three clubs to adjust their goalkeeping options with PEC Zwolle signing Feyenoord’s reserve keeper Warner Hahn on a season-long loan.  The Jong Oranje international goalkeeper Hahn signed for the Rotterdam club in the summer on a free transfer from promoted side FC Dordrecht but has yet to make his debut ahead of Mulder. Only 22-years-old, Hahn has time on his side and working under Ron Jans at Zwolle gives him great Eredivisie first-team experience.

Why PEC Zwolle needed to buy a keeper was due to the fact that Diederik Boer left the club to replace Vermeer at Ajax, as back-up for Dutch international Jasper Cillessen. The 33-year-old will wear the number ‘33’ shirt and signs on a three-year deal.


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Who is Middlesbrough’s new signing – Yanic Wildschut?

Yanic Wildschut has signed for English north-east side Middlesbrough today but could the winger be a positive addition to Boro’s squad? Martijn Hilhorst reveals all.

In the previous season he played twenty-five matches (18 for SC Heerenveen and seven on loan at ADO Den Haag) in which he only scored twice and only had one assist. His career is not impressive thus far: scoring 13 times in 119 matches. The stats prove he is possibly not the player Middlesbrough should be looking for.

Although on the plus side, he can be a threat, but not a big one.  He comes across as dangerous and possesses great speed to outrun any defender, but his ball-control is so poor that when he gets to the ball, his actions are not mind-blowing. However, his physical appearance is astounding (Six-foot one-inch) for someone that pacey.

Wildschut is a typical player you substitute on when struggling defensively and being forced to play on the counter. Do not expect a constant performance from him, Yanic is a player who could be absolutely brilliant or incredibly pitiful.

This would be the second winger from SC Heerenveen this transfer window to make a transfer to the Championship. The first one was Rajiv van la Parra that signed a four-year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers last month.

*All stats courtesy of WhoScored and Squawka, via Opta.


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Former Ajax defender signs for Southampton

According to reports,Toby Alderweireld (25) had three different Premier League clubs to choose from: Newcastle United, Sunderland and Southampton. He chose latter to play for this season. A remarkable luxury position for a player who just had an awful season.  The Saints will loan him the upcoming season from Atletico Madrid. Will he succeed in the Premier League? Martijn Hilhorst fully aware of the Belgian’s achievements in the Eredivisie, thinks he will.

The Summer Deadline Day of 2013 was one to be sad about for Ajax fans. On this day, Toby Alderweireld left them for Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of £6 million. A year later he again decides to leave on the last day possible. Should Atletico fans be sad with his departure? Yes! It emerges that he would not play as a centre back with Diego Godin and Miranda ahead of him, but with a possible injury he could easily fill that gap. Southampton have made an absolute top signing with the Belgian international if you look closely to his qualities.

He became the first choice in the heart of defence at Ajax in the season 2008/09 after the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to  Arsenal. He and Jan Vertonghen were the central defenders that season and surprising everyone with great performances as the central defensive pairing. Vertonghen was the more footballing centre back while Toby’s job was to man-mark the central striker and they were brilliant. A stat to prove it: 2007/08: 41 goals conceded then in 2008/09: 20 goals conceded. Since that fantastic season no team in the Eredivisie conceded less.

His concentration is world-class. Give him an task and he will fulfil it wonderfully. Alderweireld is surprisingly fast for a big guy (six-foot two-inches) and his technical abilities are off the chain. Passing, composure and pure technique are attributes you would not expect from a defender. That’s not all! He is excellent in the air and his long range shots are frighteningly accurate for a centre-back.

Underneath is a list of remarkable achievements of Toby Alderweireld’s career:


A uncountable amount of clubs wanted him after winning three consecutive championships with Ajax. He then chose for Atletico Madrid which seems was a big mistake. Both Miranda and Godin are top-notch centre backs and Alderweireld is not world-class. Not yet, because with his qualities it’s inevitable that he will succeed at Southampton.

*All stats courtesy of WhoScored and Squawka, via Opta.


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What can Man Utd fans expect to see from Daley Blind?

After a few weeks of rumours it is finally a done deal. Daley Blind will make to the move to Manchester United for a number which floats around £14m (around€18m) plus bonuses and a percentage of a future fee if Blind ever leaves United. The versatile Dutch international will be the fifth major signing from Louis van Gaal. Only, what kind of player is Daley Blind? Martijn Hilhorst explains.

When Blind became an official squad member for Ajax in 2008/09, the opinions were divided. Some felt he was not good enough, while others saw the potential in him.  As a young kid, he eventually played a total of five league matches that season and Ajax manager of that time, Martin Jol was not convinced. The following season he was loaned out to FC Groningen where he played left and right full-back and this brought some staggering performances. After a great spell in Groningen, many clubs wanted to loan him, but Blind decided he wanted to stay at Ajax to earn his place in the team. This was a bold move and he emerged successful in the challenge until the winter when he failed to play but then Jol was fired in December 2010. His successor was Frank de Boer.

‘Frankie’ immediately said that Vurnon Anita (now of Newcastle United) was not a left-back, but a defensive midfielder. Daley became the second choice after Urby Emanuelson and six months later , Urby was sold to Serie A giants AC Milan. Therefore, Blind became first choice as a left-back in which he played for a few seasons until the 19th October of 2013.

In an away fixture against FC Twente, he was selected in the defensive midfielder role and with just nine minutes remaining, he provided the assist in a 1-1 draw. After that season (2012/13) he was named Ajax’s ‘Player of the Year’ and the season following even the Eredivisie’s ‘Player of the Season’ but enough of the ‘chit-chat’, what are his qualities and his (minor) flaws?


Daley Blind is known for his versatile way of playing.  For example, during this summer’s World Cup campaign for the Netherlands, coach Louis van Gaal decided to use him as a central defender and left-back which he performed well. He possesses great intelligence and awareness, always turning the right way, knowing when to clear the ball or take a breather and he combines this decision making with key passes during the match. Everyone remembers the ball he floated in for Robin van Persie in the 5-1 hammering of Spain. That is a perfect example of a courageous cross which not a lot of players would have delivered so perfectly. The biggest aspect of his game is his passing.

In the last years couple of years, I haven’t seen a ‘DM’ anywhere in the world (expect for Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets) who has such a brilliant composure on the ball. When your build up play is dreadful, give it to Daley, he will create a brilliant through ball to one of his fellow midfielders or forwards.

Although, he has got a few flaws. He is not a ruthless defensive midfielder like the Premier League may be used to, and he is to slow for the left-back position but bear in mind that Louis van Gaal is the manager! He is able to change the game, making people understand that his philosophy is one to follow. Where many United players are having trouble with adjusting to his 5-3-2 formation, Blind could lead the way. Ajax players are known for their intelligence and technical abilities so he is a perfect fit as a DM.

Agreed, he was named Eredivisie’s ‘Player of the Season’ in the 2013/14, but do not expect a fancy player which will solve everything at Manchester United. You can expect a player who will control the play, dictate the tempo and protect the defence.

The Red Devils will have one easy solution now – just give it to Daley and he will lead United to victory.


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Blind move to Man Utd is imminent

Twenty-four year-old defender/midfielder Daley Blind is set to complete a transfer from Ajax Amsterdam to Manchester United imminently. The reported fee is €18 million (around £14m) writes Alex Pieter.

Blind joins a midfield in Manchester consisting of Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera and the son of former defender Danny, will be expected to anchor the midfield in a deep, defensive role.

The news comes at a difficult time for the Amsterdammers, who is coming off a defeat to rivals PSV, who look to be keeping their star player, Memphis Depay. Frank de Boer’s side have just been drawn into a difficult Champions League group with European giants Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The €18 million that Ajax will receive for Blind will help alleviate any hard feelings about his departure. Blind is a very good player, but the money can go a long way for a club like Ajax, provided they spend it wisely, or at all.

With the sale of Blind and other players in the past five seasons, Ajax now has over €85 million to their name (via @Tussendelinies and Ajax fans will now wait to see if Marc Overmars will make a move before the transfer window shuts. The reinging Eredivisie champions are in desperate need of reinforcements if they are to challenge for a fifth straight title. The midfield is now short on depth and no player has stepped up to lay claim to the striker position. Perhaps Overmars is waiting until the January transfer window to see where, and even if, this team needs any additions, but the way PSV are shaping up, by then it could be too late.

Blind’s move had been rumoured for some time, and will help make life for new Manchester United Boss Louis van Gaal a bit easier. Blind played under Van Gaal at this past summer’s World Cup and knows his preferred systems and tactics. He will help bring stability to a new midfield that needs to develop chemistry. It will take time for the midfield to mesh under Van Gaal’s systems, but Blind will help ease the growing pains.

By far, Blind’s greatest attribute is his knowledge of the game and his tactical awareness. Blind has the composition of a field general and future captain. Like all Ajax players, he has had tactics drilled into him from an early age.

However, Daley was not always destined to be great, like many of the other players Ajax have sold off to higher leagues in the past few seasons. In fact, at one point he was nearly sold to fellow Eredivisie side FC Groningen for a fee of just €1.5 million.

Blind’s persistence and drive paid dividends as he developed, first into a starter at Ajax, then a key contributor, and eventually one of the best players in the Eredivisie.

Only time will tell if Blind’s skill set will translate well to the English Premier League. If anything holds Blind back it will be his lack of pace and physicality. However, Christian Eriksen was knocked for the some things during his move to Tottenham Hotspur. Eriksen proved that players from Ajax can makeup for what they lack in pace or physical prowess with the tactical knowledge of the game and technique. If Blind can make a similar impact in Manchester to the one Eriksen has made in North London, it will have been a wise purchase for United.


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Blind to join Man Utd? Agent says not yet

Manchester United and United We Stand Fanzine editor Andy Mitten has said that the Red Devils’ scouts were watching Dutch star Daley Blind at the weekend during their defeat to PSV Eindhoven and also went on to confirm that scouts had informed him that the deal was as good as done for the 24-year-old writes Robbie Dunne.

However today, Blind’s agent Ron Jansen has stated that United are yet to make a bid for the Ajax defender.

Mitten recognized the fact that it had not come from an official source and that the scouts didn’t have to stand it up against anything due to the fact that they are not journalists or official sources but he did say “There is talk in Holland that Blind is on his way to Old Trafford” while also saying “word among the scouts is that it is a done deal.”

Blind starred at the World Cup under the management of Louis van Gaal and can play in several roles in a Van Gaal style system. The positions he plays also happen to be areas of concern for Manchester United, defensive midfielder and left wing back and left centre back in a three-man defence three areas that Van Gaal will be looking to strengthen before the transfer window closes.

Blind himself said he hadn’t heard anything but was quoted as saying, “we will see what happens in the next few weeksc”, which was two weeks ago. There appears to be some movement behind the scenes on this one and it is not secret that the new Red Devils’ manager is a fan of Blind.


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PSV loan Mexican winger from Valencia

It’s official, 27-year-old Andrés Guardado has signed a one-year loan deal to play with Philip Cocu’s PSV Eindhoven writes Lawk Raoof.

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The Mexican midfielder who has 108 caps to his name his country, passed his medical today with flying colours and is available to play this Sunday at home to Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

Guardado started his career with Atlas based in Guadalajara, Mexico and nearly transferred to PSV in the summer of 2007. However, he chose to go to Spain with Deportivo La Coruna and after five seasons, he transferred to Valencia, where he is under contract till 2016 with the Valencianistas. 

At this summer’s World Cup, the 108-time international competed in all of Mexico’s games and scored against Croatia (a 3-1 win) and played in the quarter final against the Netherlands (a 2-1 loss).

This is undoubtedly the biggest and most impressive transfer into the Eredivisie this season and it enhances PSV’s chances to win the Eredivisie championship this season and UEFA Europa League. However, it is most likely to cost Jorrit Hendrix and Oskar Hiljemark their place as defensive midfielder, as it is Guardado who will be top-candidate for that spot in the midfield.


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