5 Eredivisie Players Premier League Clubs Should Keep an Eye on

Elko BornContributor IAugust 12, 2014

5 Eredivisie Players Premier League Clubs Should Keep an Eye on

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    After the Netherlands' successful World Cup campaign, Eredivisie stars such as Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum have caught the attention of some of football's biggest clubs.

    While these players might be ready to make moves, a new generation of talent is making a name for itself in the Dutch league.

    At the World Cup in 2018, and possibly Euro 2016, these young and talented players will likely play a major role, and Premier League clubs would do well to keep an eye on them. 

    Here, we take a look at five Eredivisie youngsters who could develop into world-class players in a few years' time. 

Terence Kongolo

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    At the World Cup in Brazil, young Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo was part of manager Louis van Gaal's 23-man squad. 

    It was obvious from the beginning that Kongolo wasn't going to play all of Oranje's matches, but experiencing a World Cup was undoubtedly stimulating and educative for the 20-year-old. 

    At Feyenoord, Kongolo usually plays as a left-back or a centre-back. Like fellow Dutchman and former Feyenoord player Bruno Martins Indi, he is a solid defender who can also storm forward. 

    It's likely Kongolo will already be in new Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink's mind for Euro 2016. 

Jurgen Locadia

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    Having failed to win the Eredivisie title since 2008, PSV decided to implement a different strategy last year.

    Older players, including Mark van Bommel, retired, while Kevin Strootman was sold to AS Roma for good money. To replace the departing players, youngsters from the youth academy were promoted to the first team.

    Among these new recruits was Jurgen Locadia, who plays as a striker. Together with Memphis Depay, he formed a lethal partnership up front. 

    So far, Locadia has scored 20 goals in 47 appearances for PSV. This year, he'll be looking to become the Eredivisie's top scorer.

Joel Veltman

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    When Ajax sold Toby Alderweireld to Atletico Madrid last year, they had the defender's replacement lined up already. Immediately, Joel Veltman was promoted from the youth academy. 

    Veltman impressed instantly, and not long after his Ajax debut, he made his first appearance for the Dutch national team.

    The 22-year-old was part of Oranje's squad during the World Cup in Brazil, but he didn't get much playing time. Like Kongolo, however, Veltman will have learned from the experience. 

    Expect Veltman to become a constitutive part of the Netherlands defence in the future and to end up at a top club in one of Europe's big leagues. 

Tonny Vilhena

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    In recent years, Feyenoord's youth academy has been gaining fame, producing talented players such as Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij and Daryl Janmaat.

    Now that those players have been sold, Tonny Vilhena will likely become the next player to step up and become the club's most famous graduate. 

    As an attacking midfielder, Vilhena is generally seen as one of the brightest prospects active in the Eredivisie at this moment.

    With his eyes set on Euro 2016, he'll be looking to make next season his own. 

Davy Klaassen

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    Every so often, an extraordinary player comes through the ranks of the Ajax academy.

    After his breakthrough season, Davy Klaassen looks to be one of those players.

    Klaassen, who has been dubbed "the new Bergkamp," can play as a striker. However, he is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder in Ajax manager Frank de Boer's 4-3-3 formation.

    He wasn't part of Van Gaal's World Cup squad, but Klaassen has already made his debut for Oranje. With players such as Wesley Sneijder becoming older, the Dutch national team will likely see more of him in the future.