Ranking the 3 Worst Eredivisie Transfers of the 2014 Summer Window
Sometimes, a player from the Dutch Eredivisie will make a great move to a club in a big league in Europe. Think of the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Luis Suarez, Christian Eriksen and Daley Blind in recent years.
Other times, though, Eredivisie players will simply make the wrong call when moving to another club, either because they fail to pick the right destination, or simply because they're not good enough.
Arguably, this summer has seen a couple of bad Eredivisie transfers and a handful of players might have endangered their careers.
Here, we rank the three worst Eredivisie transfers of the 2014 summer window.
3. Graziano Pelle
No. 3 on this list could be a controversial one: Graziano Pelle.
The Southampton striker, bought by Southampton from Dutch side Feyenoord—who were managed by new Saints boss Ronald Koeman last year—did not seem like a top-class striker for a long time, and it could argued he still isn't.
Sure, he had a great two years in the Eredivisie—scoring 50 goals in total for Feyenoord. But the Italian striker is 29 years old now. If anything, his Eredivisie form was his peak and not a sign of things to come.
Pelle is tall, strong and powerful in the air. In that regard, he could become a reasonable target man for Southampton. But the Saints should not depend on him for goals, and he might not be an adequate replacement for the departed Rickie Lambert.
2. Kenneth Vermeer
Not too long ago, former Ajax goalie Kenneth Vermeer was Louis van Gaal's first-choice goalkeeper at the Dutch national team.
But then, Vermeer made a couple of howlers for his club, and Ajax manager Frank de Boer substituted him for Jasper Cillessen, who went on to represent Oranje at the World Cup.
Suddenly banished to the substitutes' bench, Vermeer became unhappy, and this summer he finally got the move he so desired.
It just so happens that this was a move to Ajax's eternal rivals Feyenoord.
From both sides the fans are not happy, and in many ways, Vermeer should be wary, too.
Imagine, for a second, Vermeer accidentally making a howler—or simply an honest mistake—for his new club.
The consequences would be great. As a former Ajax player, Vermeer would be an easy target for the fans' scowls and frustrations, and he would likely be blamed for just about any goal scored against Feyenoord.
After his move, Vermeer will probably receive more playing time. But it will not become easier for him. On the contrary: His transfer to Feyenoord could be a disaster waiting to happen.
1. Quincy Promes
Every now and then, an Eredivisie club produces a young, talented player who looks poised to take the world of football by storm.
After making his debut for FC Twente, quick and technically gifted winger Quincy Promes looked like such a player.
Having picked him for his preliminary squad, Holland boss Louis van Gaal almost took Promes to the World Cup in Brazil but decided against it at the last moment.
Nonetheless, it was thought the Twente man had a very bright future ahead of him.
Then suddenly, this summer, Promes opted for a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow, leaving the safe haven of the Eredivisie behind him.
Promes is only 22 years old. As a young man, he will have to live in a different world, in another country, where different rules apply.
Looking at examples from the past, it's obvious a move to an unconventional league can be detrimental to flourishing careers.
At Spartak Moscow, his manager won't be very forgiving. It will be extremely difficult for Promes to become the footballer he can become.
It should be remembered that Promes is not there yet. He has potential, but to become a great footballer, he'll need to develop first.
All things considered, it would have been much wiser of Promes to spend a few more years at FC Twente, before making the move to a bigger club somewhere in Europe.
Hopefully, Promes will prove critics wrong. But it seems like he isn't helping himself by moving to Russia.