Football Manager 2017 has just been released and the latest edition of the PC game has predicted a bright future for a number of Dutch youngsters. Michael Bell picks out the Dutch wonderkids that you should be signing for your side.
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Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord)
In need of a promising young goalkeeper? Look no further than Feyenoord’s stopper Justin Bijlow. The 18-year-old has been earmarked by Feyenoord as one for the future and in the game he is also a hot prospect and a cheap option for your side.
Mats Knoester (Feyenoord)
Feyenoord is also the place to shop for a good young centre-back with Mats Knoester capable of turning into a top defender in the game.
Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)
The 16-year-old has already made his first team debut with Ajax and is one of the brightest young prospects in the game. De Ligt has great stats for someone his age and will be sought after by some of the worlds biggest club sides. Snap him up before someone else does.
Junior van der Velden (Utrecht)
Another cheap option for a centre-back is 18-year-old Junior van der Velden, who has great marking, tackling and positioning stats at the start of the game.
Ferdi Kadioglu (N.E.C)
Kadioglu has made a name for himself in the Eredivisie this season with two goals, and the 17-year-old who is N.E.C’s youngest ever scorer is also their biggest prospect in the game. The attacking midfielder is one to work with as his passing and flair stats make him an impressive option a few years into the game.
Abdelhak Nouri (Ajax)
The attacking midfielder is the biggest prospect in the Ajax academy and becomes one of the best in his position after a few years. Nouri’s technique, passing and set pieces are top quality and his versatility means he can play all along midfield. Expect to battle Europe’s biggest clubs if you decide to sign the youngster.
Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord)
Geertruida is only 16 but is one of the brightest talents at the beginning of the game with good passing stats and pace. He is another to keep an eye on for a few years into the game. If properly developed he can become a top midfielder in the game.
Kenneth Paal (PSV)
Another exciting attacking midfielder in the game, Paal has excellent stats already for a 19-year-old and quickly develops into a top player. He can play in the centre of midfield or also on the wing.
Justin Kluivert (Ajax)
The son of Ajax legend Patrick Kluivert is one of the biggest attacking talents in the game, who can play on the wing, in attacking midfield or up front. The 7-year-old is one to work on in training over the first few years to make him a lethal forward.
Che Nunnely (Ajax)
Another exciting attacker in the Ajax youth academy, Nunnely has excellent stats for his age and can develop into one of the games best wingers. He is quick, skillful and has an eye for goal. He will be quickly snapped up in the game by big clubs so get in their quick.
Mitchell van Bergen (Vitesse)
16-years-old and already a member of the Vitesse first team, van Bergen is hugely talented and one of the best young right wingers in the game. He already possesses great stats and can be thrown straight into your side without much development. He is another that big clubs prey on quickly.
Dabney Dos Santos (AZ)
The versatile AZ attacker has been one of the clubs best performers over the past few years and he is now a big prospect in Football Manager. The 19-year-old is able to play in the centre of midfield or on the wings with good dribbling and passing stats which become great with age and training.
Juninho Bacuna (Groningen)
Looking for a young attacking midfielder or right winger to go straight into your side then snap up Juninho Bacuna from Groningen. He has great stats at the start of the game and at only 18 he can be developed further.
Mink Peeters (Real Madrid)
If you are starting the game as Real Madrid boss then you will see a top Dutch prospect with your u19’s in Mink Peeters. The attacking midfielder/winger isn’t ready for the first team yet, but will develop in the first few years into a top player.
Sam Lammers (PSV)
Lammers is currently making waves for Jong PSV in the Eerste Divisie and is one of the top Dutch prospects up front. In the game he has good finishing and heading stats and can become a lethal striker if developed properly.
Thomas Buitink (Vitesse)
Only 16 at the start of the game but with a finishing stat of 16! Buitink is one to sign quickly and develop into one of the best and lethal strikers you can buy.
Jelle Duin (AZ)
The 17-year-old is another hugely talented Dutch striker in the game with good finishing stats and pace. A cheap option, he is one to develop for a few years before unleashing him in your first team.
Kaj Sierhuis (Ajax)
Ajax U19’s hat-trick king is a huge prospect in the game and becomes a deadly finisher after a few seasons. He has better composure stats than any of the other strikers in this list as well as good pace and heading ability.