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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 4

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Here is round four of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our 2016/17 Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition. All players have performed so well this weekend that Will Burns has selected them in the team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.

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GOALKEEPER

MICKEY VAN DER HART – PEC ZWOLLE: If Zwolle did not have the former Ajax youth keeper in goal on Saturday evening, the 1-0 loss to Heerenveen could have been a lot, lot worse.

DEFENDERS

RICK KARSDORP – FEYENOORD: Excellent performance by the 21-year-old in the Rotterdam derby against Excelsior.

HECTOR MORENO – PSV: He makes our team of the week for the second week in a row. The Mexican was again a leader at the back and a threat up top.

ROBIN GOSENS – HERACLES: An first goal for the club, strong in defence with a 100% passing succession rate vs. ADO in a 1-1 draw.

RIDGECIANO HAPS – AZ ALKMAAR: Second week in a row that Haps has been selected in our TOTW. A great performance with a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over NEC.

MIDFIELDERS

HAKIM ZIYECH – FC TWENTE: Linked with a move away from Enschede and he notched two goals in possibly his last game in the Twente shirt.

DAVY KLAASSEN – AJAX: Davy lands our Player of the Week award leading Ajax to a much needed win over Go Ahead with two goals.

NEMANJA GUDELJ – AJAX: Scorer of a wonderful free-kick in the 3-0 away victory against Go Ahead.

ATTACKERS

STEVEN BERGHUIS – FEYENOORD: A commanding performance with an assist in the 4-1 win over Excelsior on his first start for Feyenoord.

DIRK KUYT – FEYENOORD: Notched a brace in the four goal turnaround against Excelsior.

FRED FRIDAY – AZ ALKMAAR: The Nigerian striker would have bagged his first goal this weekend but was ruled offside. Despite that, he played an important part in the 2-0 victory over NEC.

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Total Dutch Football 2014/15 Breakthrough Talent of the Season

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Throughout this year’s campaign, we have seen some great talents emerge as scouts from all over Europe honed in on them. Myself and the remainder of the staff at TotalDutchFootball.com have been assessing who can be declared as the best ‘Breakthrough Talent of the Season’.

All staff were asked to name their top three talents. Each first pick received three points, second place received two points and one point was awarded for the third pick. The results are below…

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Winner – JESUS CORONA (FC Twente) 5 points

The little Mexican nicknamed “El Tecatito”, signed on a free transfer aged 20 from Liga MX side Monterrey after rejecting a new contract from the Mexican club in 2013. After taking a while to settle in under Albert Schreuder, Corona now 22-years-old, has shown he is perfect example of a pacy winger with a tremendous dribbling ability to torment full-backs down either flank.

He appeared in 27 games for Twente this year, notching nine goals and supplying four assists, showing to be a shining light, in a what has been a disappointing season for his side. Tecatito’s consistency has enhanced his already impressive skills. His speed and trickery make him a very elusive footballer who provides depth to the team, which results in goal opportunities.

Due to Twente’s crippling financial status, Corona looks to be moved on next season and could end up leaving the Eredivisie. However, the young Mexican has finally shone in Holland and he is surely set to raise a big chunk of funds for the Enschede club.

Joint 2nd – MARK UTH & SAM LARSSON (Heerenveen) 4 points

The Heerenveen pair have been surprising successes for Dwight Lodeweges this year. Both used as replacements for summer sales, Alfred Finnbogasson and Hakim Ziyech respectively have excelled. The stocky German striker, Uth has scored 15 times in 32 outings to become the club’s top scorer and managed to use his strength to hold the ball up and created 10 assists. Also notching goals is Swedish winger Larsson with eight with four assists. Both players have linked with moves away themselves this coming summer, not an unusual process for Heerenveen.

OTHERS

ALBERT RUSNAK (FC Groningen) 3 points

TJARONN CHERY (FC Groningen) 3 points

ANWAR EL GHAZI (Ajax) 3 points

TOM VAN WEERT (Excelsior) 2 points

TERENCE KONGOLO (Feyenoord) 2 points

WESLEY HOEDT (AZ) 1 point

NEMANJA GUDELJ (AZ) 1 point

DALEY SINKGRAVEN (Ajax) 1 point

BERTRAND TRAORE (Vitesse) 1 point

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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 Ajax.nl

NEMANJA GUDELJ

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.

DRAGIŠA GUDELJ

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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What’s next for Ajax heading into summer?

Ajax finished the 2014-2015 campaign in largely disappointing fashion. You won’t find too many Ajax supporters that will tell you PSV was not the best side in the Eredivisie this year. However, many in the Ajax camp expected to be in the hunt down to the final weeks of the season. A run of lackluster matches against mediocre opponents has Frank de Boer and company searching for answers going into the summer as Alex Pieter describes.

As for European competitions, Ajax again had the unfortunate luck of drawing a tough group, with European giants Barcelona and PSG. Yet, Ajax left points on the table. Drawing a winnable game at the ArenA against PSG 1-1 was a killer. The second-half of that match is perhaps the best 45 minutes Ajax strung together the entire season. The other match that comes to mind is the dismal draw in Cyprus against APOEL, a solid side, yet one Ajax was expected to beat. The Europa League did not treat Ajax much better. After an encouraging display against Legia Warsaw, Ajax saw their dreams dashed in Ukraine against a talented, but beatable, Dnipro squad. It must be noted though that Ajax started the youngest average squad of any club in either European competition with an average age of 22 years old.

Ajax will not have the privilege of qualifying for the Champions league group stages automatically next year. Rather, they will have to play a series of difficult qualifiers. If you remember back to last year, Feyenoord, who finished second in the league during the 2013-2014 season, had to play Besiktas. The year before that, PSV went crashing out in the qualifying rounds to AC Milan. The Champions League group stages are far from guaranteed for Ajax at this point and a quality opponent is guaranteed.

LIKELY DEPARTURES

Ajax will lose a few familiar faces heading into next year. The first being captain Niklas Moisander, who has come to terms with Serie A side Sampdoria and will leave on a free transfer. Moisander failed to live up to the expectations set up by his predecessors, Toby Alderwerield and Jan Vertonghen. The loss will hurt Ajax because of the lack of depth at the center-back position. While de Toekomst continues to churn out talented midfield prospects, the number of talented defenders has been lacking. Stenfano Denswil, once pegged as a future starter for Ajax, was sold last year and is now struggling for Club Brugge in Belgium. Possible successors for Mosiander’s CB position are: Riechedly Bazoer, who has played mostly as a defensive midfielder, but who’s future could be at CB, Mikey van der Hoorn, who has showed flashes of potential but overall hasn’t lived up to Ajax expectations, Jairo Riedwald, who is well-known for his 2-goal debut for the club last year, or the most likely of the candidates, Nick Viergever, who has played mostly on the outside, but has proved capable of holding down the center.

There have also been rumors of late of a Ricardo Kishna departure. Whether there is a factual basis for these rumors is unknown. Kishna’s agent, Mino Raoila, has always been known to stir the pot and create drama out of thin air. What is known though, is the innate talent possessed by Kishna. Easily one of the bigger talents in the squad, he has been linked to multiple clubs in Serie A. With the return of Viktor Fischer there is increased competition on the left-wing. If Kishna were to go, it would be a big loss for Ajax. Kishna has shown he has the talent to make it big someday.

Will we finally see the exit of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson? The Icelandic battering ram never really found his stride in Amsterdam. The striker is not a typical Ajax number 9. Granted, he was never the same player after his ankle injury a few years back. Sigthorsson possesses the talent to help a club where the fit is right. Sadly, that club is just not Ajax. Where Sigthorsson may land during the summer is still a mystery. Unfortunately for Ajax, his value may be at an all-time low.

The Niki Zimling experiment will be remembered as a failure. Brought in to fill the void left by veteran Christian Poulsen, Zimling did not contribute much on the pitch for Ajax this season. The 30 year-old loanee from Mainz was expected to provide experience and toughness in a young, sometimes frail and timid Ajax midfield. He also spent much of the season battling injuries. It is no surprise he will return to Mainz after the season.

POSSIBLE ADDITIONS

Another year, another rumor of a former club legend returning to Amsterdam. This year, it is Rafael van der Vaart. His current club Hamburg SV is currently battling relegation and has told the 32 year-old midfielder they do not intend to renew his contract. That has left the door open for a return to Amsterdam for van der Vaart. While it is a romantic idea, it is not very likely. Ajax is unlikely to be able to pay the wages van der Vaart will demand. If van der Vaart were to take a pay cut, it remains to be seen how he’d fit into the squad. He has not aged as gracefully as some of his peers, such as Wesley Sneijder. Van der Vaart cannot cover ground like he used to, a key aspect of the Ajax midfield. How would his return affect the development of other youngsters such as Sinkgraven, Nouri, and van Beek? As someone who has played at the very highest level, van der Vaart could provide much needed experience and guidance to the younger generation. It all depends on van der Vaart, is he content to take a pay cut and play the mentor role, or will he opt to play every week and make the big bucks in MLS or somewhere in Asia?

Nemanja Gudelj has also been on the Ajax radar. The 23 year-old AZ Alkmaar Serbian midfielder is the most likely candidate to join the club next year, although a deal has not yet been reached. Guldelj would certainly add some toughness in the midfield and could prove useful alongside Klaassen and Sinkgraven. His arrival could possibly spell the end for fan-favorite Thulani Serero.

The name Oscar Cardozo has also been thrown around. I won’t comment too much on this because of the extreme unlikelihood he lands in Amsterdam. A 31 year-old, target-man striker, with no Eredivisie roots is just simply not an idea Ajax would seriously entertain.

Ajax would be wise to add some experience though. The youth of the squad proved costly too many times this season. Hopefully Overmars will take some shots at some big-name targets, as Ajax are in a very good financial position at the moment.

With the financial success Ajax have found themselves in, another route would be buying their stadium, the Amsterdam Arena. This is something Ajax have been pondering for some time and would prove to be a long-term financially responsible decision.

No matter what Ajax decided to spend their resources on, the fact remains that Ajax expect to challenge for – and win the 2015-2016 Eredivisie title.

As summer progresses, we will learn more and more about how next year’s squad will shape up. Some questions leading into the summer:

-Will Zivkovic get his act together and get back on track toward reaching his potential?

-Will Arek Milik continue his progression and become the next great number 9 for Ajax?

-Will Klaassen take the next step in his development and prove himself a legitimate prospect for the top clubs of Europe?

-Will next season be Frank de Boer’s last?

-What will Overmars do, if anything, to make ensure Ajax are not only challenging for domestic titles, but also relevant in Europe?

-What talents will step up and show they are ready for the senior side and which need a year or two more with Jong Ajax?

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EREDIVISIE TEAM OF THE WEEK #4

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Welcome to our weekly section at TotalDutchFootball.com – the Eredivisie Team of the Week. Below you will see our ‘Player of the Week’ also – each player will be allocated points and at the end of the season we will declare our ‘Player of the Season’. Each player will be given one point for being named in our team and the ‘Player of the Week’ will gain two points.

WEEK 4

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GOALKEEPER

Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse) – A fine performance that kept Vitesse Arnhem a clean sheet in their 1-0 over FC Twente.

DEFENDERS

Henk Dijkhuizen (Roda JC) – Attacking well against ADO, capped with a lovely goal and a clean sheet in Roda’s 4-0 win.

Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord) – A strong commanding display that kept the Feye backline tight in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over NAC Breda.

Darryl Lachman (PEC Zwolle) – The Zwolle defender is fast becoming the breakout star of the Eredivisie, cool, calm central defender and dangerous in the attack.

Bram van Polen (PEC Zwolle) – Another attacking full-back, surging forward and causing problems for Cambuur.

MIDFIELDERS

Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle) – Yet another excellent performance from the South-African, former club Feyenoord looked to have made a major mistake letting him go on a free.

Anouar Kali (Roda JC) – Another free transfer in the summer, never let ADO Den Haag midfield get in the game and terrorized their defence.

Mitchell Donald (Roda JC) – A smart headed goal that helped his team to their dominating 4-0 win over ADO.

ATTACKERS

Alfred Finnabogason (Heerenveen) – Scored a brace in the big 3-3 draw with Ajax on Friday night.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord) – The Italian striker was Feyenoord’s hat-trick hero giving Ronald Koeman’s men their first win of the season

Mark-Jan Fledderus (Roda JC) – The Roda captain lead his team to the best win of the season and created one and scored a great free-kick goal.

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EREDIVISIE PLAYER OF THE 2013/14 SEASON AWARD
NAME POS TEAM POTW POINTS
Kamohelo Mokotjo MF PEC Zwolle   3
Tjaronn Chery MF FC Groningen 1 2
Graziano Pelle ST Feyenoord 1 2
Zakaria Bakkali ST PSV 1 2
Youness Mokhtar MF PEC Zwolle 1 2
Christian Eriksen MF Ajax   2
Georginio Wijnaldum MF/ST PSV   2
Jetro Willems DF PSV   2
Alfred Finnbogason ST Heerenveen   2
Darryl Lachman DF PEC Zwolle   2

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EREDIVISIE TEAM OF THE WEEK #3

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Welcome to our weekly section at TotalDutchFootball.com – the Eredivisie Team of the Week. Below you will see our ‘Player of the Week’ also – each player will be allocated points and at the end of the season we will declare our ‘Player of the Season’. Each player will be given one point for being named in our team and the ‘Player of the Week’ will gain two points.

WEEK 3

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GOALKEEPER

Filip Kurto (Roda JC) – A fine performance that kept Vitesse Arnhem at bay on Sunday and earned his side a point.

DEFENDERS

Joshua Brenet (PSV) – Replaced the poor Santiago Arias and excelled in the 3-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles. Earned his starting spot against AC Milan on Tuesday night.

Mike te Weirik (Heracles) – A wonderful long range goal and a dominating display to help his side to a 4-2 away victory at Heerenveen.

Karim Rekik (PSV) – Kept the dangerous Marnix Kolder under control throughout and looked ready for Mario Balotelli and co on Tuesday.

Jetro Willems (PSV) – Surging forward and always causing problems to Go Ahead. Improving rapidly on last season’s baptism of fire

MIDFIELDERS

Erik Bakker (SC Cambuur) – A commanding performance leading his team to their first win of the season, capped with a well-taken goal and an assist.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Youness Mokhtar (PEC Zwolle) – The biggest cog in the PEC Zwolle machine, fleeting about, involved in every attack and grabbing a great goal in the process.

Nemanja Gudelj (AZ Alkmaar) – Two assists for the former NAC Breda man who has settled in well under Gertjan Verbeek.

ATTACKERS

Luc Castaignos (FC Twente) – Scored a brace in the big 6-0 win over FC Utrecht.

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Ajax) – His two goals on Sunday lunchtime kept his side in the title race, fighting back from a goal down to Feyenoord.

Bryan Linssen (Heracles) – A sublime bit of skill with a lashing shot earned the new signing from VVV Venlo a wonder goal and the final spot in the Team of the Week.

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EREDIVISIE PLAYER OF THE 2013/14 SEASON AWARD
NAME POS TEAM POTW POINTS
Tjaronn Chery MF FC Groningen 1 2
Zakaria Bakkali ST PSV 1 2
Youness Mokhtar MF PEC Zwolle 1 2
Kamohelo Mokotjo MF PEC Zwolle   2
Christian Eriksen MF Ajax   2
Georginio Wijnaldum MF/ST PSV   2
Jetro Willems DF PSV   2

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