Top 10 Young Dutch Footballers to Watch For in the Future
The Production of Footballers from Holland has resembled a long conveyor belt of talent for several decades. Normally coming from the fabled academy of Ajax, you can always gaurantee that the Dutch have somebody in the pipelines whom they think are the "next big thing".
So whom are these people? And when can we expect to see them explode?
I have compiled 10 of the best of the current crop of footballers whom we should expect to make an impression internationally over the next year.
10- Siem De Jong
Siem De Jong is not the most conventional of Midfielders. He generally sits between the back four and the Central Midfield, but is known to venture forward.
Coming through the ranks at Ajax, De Jong has become a mainstay in the Under-21 set-up whilst starting more and more matches for Ajax.
The components of De Jong's game are simple. Quick passing, hard tackling and strong running, De Jong is one of those players who will quietly plug away whilst the Van Der Vaart's and Robben's mop up the accolades.
9- Wout Brama
Wout Brama is a bulky right sided midfielder and is a huge cog in the successful league leading machine of FC Twente.
At 23, Brama has created a reputation of a hard working yet skilful player with a knack of creating things from nothing. Van Maarwijk has given him an international chance by including him in the current squad after giving him his first cap against Paraguay. Something which Brama will no doubt build upon.
8- Erik Pieters
At 6.4, you would think that Pieters would be your quintessential Centre Half, but Pieters tends to distributed at left back in his 27 appearances this season.
He posesses great strength and decent positioning, but his commanding figure also holds speed and agility that belies his tall frame.
PSV are obviously keen on him and have invested a lot of faith in him, time will tell, but Pieters has impressed considerably over the last year.
7- Royston Drenthe
In 2007, Drenthe seemed to have it all at his feet. However since bursting onto the scene as a 20 year old lightning bolt in the European U-21 Championships in 2007, Drenthe has stalled.
Much of that can be put down to a move to Real Madrid, where his playing time has been limited and his positions muddled to the point where Drenthe has fallen out with the Management at the Bernabeu.
When given chance to play, Drenthe can be devestating down the left hand side, either in a attacking or defense minded formations and I'm sure we will see him develop sooner rather than later
In a game against West Bromwich Albion in the first game of this season, Tim Krul arrived. Making a string of saves and heroic blocks, he became an instant hero.
The Newcastle United Keeper has been one of the worst kept secrets in the EPL, as his talent has been known for a while. Chelsea and Rangers have been looking at him consistently for a while and after a successful loan spell at Falkirk, his stock has risen further.
Given the slow development of Keepers, Krul has some way before establishment, but when he does, it'll be for a long time.
5- Leroy Fer
Feyenoord's Patrick Vieira. Except he isn't really. Fer is a versatile midfielder, capable of playing on the left or in the central, Fer has grown into his position of commanding midfielder.
At 20 years of age, Fer is old before his time, often displaying great skill and maturity you wouldn't expect. Van Maarwijk has been suitably impressed and has recently stated that "he was keeping a close eye on him" and we should expect him to make his Oranje debut after the World Cup.
Whilst looking more suited to a Defensive midfielder role, Fer has more in his locker and we should get used to seeing him around.
4- Diego Biseswar
Diego is in essence a Bull. Constantly hassling defenders, making mazy runs and running for a full 90 minutes, Biseswar is almost like a man on a mission.
Which he probably is. Almost cast aside by Feyenoord, Biseswar fought back and establsihed himself as one of the best young players in the Eredivisie. His temperament cooled, his focus back onto football, Biseswar has blossomed as one of Feyenoord's creative forces.
2010 seems promising for this 21 year old.
3- Dirk Marcellis
The Ice Rabbit as he is known is one of the most promising defenders in Europe, let alone Holland. Marcellis has been a bed-rock of PSV's defence for two seasons and has proven in those perforrmances that he is tough and uncompromising.
Despite being short, Marcellis makes up for this with tough tackles and superb composure. After making his debut for the national side in 2008 against Iceland, he has been a regular in the squad, and barring injury, Marcellis should arrive at the World Cup, ready to make an impression.
2- Gregory Van Der Wiel
Van Der Wiel has established himself as the right back of choice for club and country.
It's not hard to see why. Commanding in the tackle whilst speedy going forward, Van Der Wiel has courted attention from Juventus and Bayern Munich recently, whilst helping in Ajax's stuttering season.
Growing in confidence with every cap, 7 at last count, this 22 year old will explode under the sun of South Africa.
1- Georginio Wijnaldum
Oh yes, number one is the dread-locked dynamo of Georginio Wijnaldum. Feyenoord's finest talent is finally displaying all of those skills that made his youth reputation a few years ago.
Wijnaldum's game is full of flair and attacking prowess. Constantly looking forward, his game can be at times, utterly electric. Suited best in the Attacking Midfielder mould, Wijnaldum can play on the right of midfield or even as a striker.
Feyenoord will go some way to keep him, and i'm sure they are praying that Van Maarwijk is thinking of introducing him after the World Cup. His breakthrough is imminent. It's so close you can almost feel the after effects already.