The new Eredivisie season gets underway this weekend so we at Football-Oranje have provided a preview on all eighteen clubs in the league and all you need to know ahead of the new campaign.

eredADO Den Haag

Transfers:  In: Aschraf El Mahdioui (Ajax), José San Román (Huracán), Thomas Meissner (MSV Duisburg), Ernestas Setkus (Sivasspor), Tom Trybull (Greuther Fürth)

Out-Gianni Zuiverloon (released), Giovanni Korte (NAC), Kyle Ebecilio (end of loan), Thomas Kristensen (released), Martin Hansen (Ingolstadt), Segun Owobowale (NEC), Robin Buwalda (NEC), Timothy Derijck (SV Zulte Waregem), Vito Wormgoor (Aalesunds), Tim Coremans (Dordrecht, loan)

Pre-season: ADO Den Haag have won all seven of their friendlies this summer. Four big win’s over lower league Dutch sides were followed up by a 1-0 victory over FC Eindhoven,  2-0 against Turkish side Karabukspor, and a slim 1-0 win over Greek side Iraklis Saloniki. Edouard Duplan was the star with four goals, while youngsters Dennis van der Heijden, Giovanni Kastaneer and  Chovanie Amatkarijo all impressed.

Key player: Mike Havenaar was the club’s top scorer last season with 16 goals and will once again be relied upon up front.

Young player to watch: Dennis van der Heijden made a name for himself with two goals on his debut last season and the striker will be aiming to gain more first team minutes and challenge Havenaar for the number nine position. Read more about van der Heijden here.

Season expectations: Much of last season was dominated by the uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the club and ADO Den Haag boss Željko Petrović will be hoping for a quieter campaign. Pre-season has been positive and the club will look to better their 11th placed finish from last year.


Transfers: In-Mateo Casierra (Deportivo Cali), Davinson Sánchez (Atlético Nacional), Danilo Doekhi (Excelsior), Heiko Westermann (Real Betis)

Out- Lesley de Sa (Slovan Bratislava), Sam Hendriks (Go Ahead Eagles), Viktor Fischer (Middlesbrough), Aschraf El Mahdioui (ADO Den Haag), Leeroy Owusu (Excelsior, loan), Queensy Menig (PEC Zwolle, loan), Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle), Zakaria El Azzouzi (Sparta, loan), Nicolai Boilesen (released), Damian van Bruggen (PSV), Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City), Ruben Ligeon (Slovan Bratislava), Arkaduisz Milik (Napoli), Ricardo van Rhijn (Club Brugge), Django Warmerdam (PEC Zwolle, loan), Elton Acolatse (Westerlo)

Pre-season: Peter Bosz got off to a horrible start as Ajax boss, losing three of his first four friendlies, while also drawing 2-2 with amateur side AFC. They finally recorded a 2-0 win over Beziers, before drawing 2-2 with Marseille. The club began their Champions League campaign with a narrow 3-2 aggregate win over PAOK, but looked far from convincing.

Key player: Captain Davy Klaassen took his side by the scruff of the neck in the win over PAOK, and he will once again be the main man in Amsterdam this season. His goals, movement and passing ability make him one of the most underrated young midfielders in Europe and this could be his final year in the Eredivisie before a big money move abroad.

Young player to watch: There is so many to choose from, but Jairo Riedewald is set for a big campaign under Bosz. He excelled at centre back last season, and has been tried out to good effect in midfield during the champions league tie with PAOK. Only 19, but Riedewald already looks a future superstar. Read more about him here.

Season expectations: Bosz is now in charge and the club are desperate to bring the Eredivisie trophy back to Amsterdam. They are still the main challenger to PSV, but much depends on whether the players adapt to their new playing style, and whether Marc Overmars will actually spend any of the Arkaduisz Milik money. Two new attackers and some experienced heads are desperately needed before the window shuts.

AZ Alkmaar

Transfers: In- Mats Seuntjens (NAC Breda), Rens van Eijden (NEC), Wout Weghorst (Heracles), Fred Friday (Lillstrom)

Out- Celso Ortiz (Monterray), Eli Babalj (Adelaide), Stijn Speirings (Sparta Rotterdam), Thom Haye (released), Vincent Janssen (Tottenham), Jan Wuytens (released)

Pre-season: AZ enjoyed a successful pre-season, winning all of their nine matches including an 8-1 win over Volendam, a 5-0 victory over Fleetwood town, and a 3-0 hammering of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. The club also started their Europa League campaign and overcame Giannina 3-1 on aggregate to reach the next round.

Key player: Ron Vlaar added much needed experience and leadership to AZ Alkmaar last season and was a major factor in them finishing fourth. The centre back will once again play a major role this season as the club look to go one further and challenge for the top three.

Young player to watch: Dabney Dos Santos is a terrific talent who excelled for AZ last season and has started this campaign in the Europa league strongly. The attacker is blessed with so much quality and will look to impress Netherlands boss Danny Blind this season. Read more on Dos Santos here.

Season expectations: Vincent Janssen may be gone, but John van den Brom’s side will be looking to prove they were not just a one-man team. The signings of Wout Weghorst and Fred Friday look to have filled the void left by Janssen and if they click then AZ will be in for another strong campaign. Fourth is realistic, but they may be able to close the gap on the top three.


Transfers: In- Ryan Koolwijk (AS Trencín), Jeffry Fortes (FC Dordrecht), Leeroy Owusu (Ajax, loan), Terell Ondaan (Willem II), Anouar Hadouir (Moghreb Tétouan), Fredy Ribeiro (Libolo), Milan Massop (FC Eindhoven)

Out- Adil Auassar (Roda JC), Brandley Kuwas (Heracles), Daan Bovenberg (retired), Darly van Mieghem (Heracles), Rick Kruys (VV de Meern), Tom van Weert (Groningen), Yoell van Nief (end of loan), Danilo Doekhi (Ajax), Tom Overtoom (Almere City FC), Kevin van Diermen (NAC Breda), Jeff Stans (NAC), Marko Maletic (Lommel United), Michiel Hemmen (Cambuur)

Pre-season: Excelsior began with three wins over amateur clubs, but then the wheels came off with defeats to Go Ahead Eagles (1-0), Oss (2-0) and Espanyol (3-0). A 2-1 win over Helmond Sport was the only highlight.

Key Player: Experienced midfielder Ryan Koolwijk started his career with Excelsior before leaving in 2011 for NEC. Five years later he has returned and was immediately handed the captains armband. The 30-year-old will be crucial in the midfield for the club this season.

Young player to watch: Terell Ondaan missed most of last season through injury and after his contract with Willem II ended, the 22-year-old winger has joined Excelsior looking to get his career back on track. On his day, Ondaan can be a handful and he will bring some excitement to the Stadion Woudestein.

Season expectations: Excelsior narrowly avoided the relegation play-offs on the final day of last season and will be looking to finish a little higher this time around. However, a lot of experience has left the club this summer and the smallest club in the league may be fighting a losing battle to remain in the top flight.


Transfers: In- Nicolai Jorgensen (Copenhagen), Steven Berghuis (Watford, loan), Brad Jones (NEC)

Out- Anass Achabar (PEC Zwolle), Jari Schuurman (Willem II, loan), Lex Immers (Cardiff City), Calvin Verdonk (PEC Zwolle, loan)

Pre-season: Feyenoord looked excellent in pre-season, winning all five of their games including victories over Valencia (2-1), Anderlecht (3-1) and RKC (2-0). However they looked disappointing in the Johan Cruijff Schaal against PSV, which the champions won 1-0.

Key Player: Dirk Kuyt extended his stay at the club in the summer and will once again lead the club as they look to challenge for the title. His versatility, leadership and calmness in front of goal will be key for Giovanni van Bronckhorst throughout the campaign.

Young player to watch: He was expected to leave, but Tonny Vilhena made a massive u-turn and signed a new deal to remain at the club. Vilhena will now be a key member of van Bronckhorst’s side next season and the uber-talented midfielder will be looking to break into the Netherlands squad.

Season expectations: Feyenoord’s title challenge faded drastically last season and the club will be hoping to close the gap on the top two. Steven Berghuis looks an excellent signing, while Nicolai Jorgensen adds to the attack, which looked short of options last season. Van Bronckhorst has kept his key players at the club and this may just be the year they give a real fight to Ajax and PSV.

Go Ahead Eagles

Transfers: In- Sam Hendriks (Ajax, loan), Sander Fischer (Excelsior), Kevin Brands (NAC Breda), Joey Suk (NAC Breda), Dario Tanda (PEC Zwolle), Henrik Ojamaa (Wacker Innsbrück)

Out- Jeffrey Rijsdijk (Almere City FC), Bart Vriends (Sparta Rotterdam), Puck Postma (Koninklijke HFC), Adam Sorata (released), Sven Nieuwpoort (De Graafschap)

Key Player: Leon de Kogel fired in 24 goals last season to lead Go Ahead Eagles to the Eredivisie but can the striker finally make the step up to the Eredivisie? The 24-year-old will be relyed on to score the goals to keep them in the league.

Young player to watch: After being allowed to leave Ajax, young forward Sam Hendriks has a big point to prove in Deventer. Hendriks says he wants to follow in Vincent Janssen’s footsteps and definitely has the talent to impress in the Eredivisie. Read more about Hendriks here.

Season expectations: Go Ahead Eagles are back in the top flight, but will the club from Deventer be strong enough to remain? The signings of Hendriks and Fischer are positive, but Hans de Koning’s side look in for a long hard season at the bottom of the league.


Transfers: In- Ruben Yttergård Jenssen (1. FC Kaiserslautern), Tom van Weert (Excelsior), Nicolò Pozzebon (Juventus, loan), Samir Memesevic (FK Radnik Bijeljina)

Out- Lorenzo Burnet (Slovan Bratislava), Michael de Leeuw (Chicago Fire), Rasmus Lindgren (BK Hacken), Dino Islamovic (released), Henk Bos (Emmen)

Pre-season: The club enjoyed an excellent pre-season, beating ACV (4-0), QPR (3-1), Emmen (6-2), and Djurgårdens (1-0). They drew 3-3 with Sparta Rotterdam and only narrowly lost 1-0 to Southampton.

Key player: Main goalscorer Michael de Leeuw departed in the summer for America, and Groningen will now rely on Tom van Weert to fire them into the top eight. The striker was top scorer for Excelsior last season, but can he deal with the added pressure of playing in a top ten side?

Young player to watch: exciting winge Oussama Idrissi made a big impression after breaking into the first team last season and will be hoping to build on that success when the season gets underway. Read more about Idrissi here.

Season expectations: Groningen were hit and miss last year and new coach Ernest Faber will be hoping to add consistency. A top six finish will be the aim.


Transfers: In- Jordy Bruijn (Ajax), Wouter van der Steen (Helmond Sport), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Stijn Schaars (PSV)

Out- Doke Schmidt, Joey van den Berg (Reading), Pele van Aanholt (released), Maarten de Fockert (VVV-Venlo, loan), Pascal Huser (FC Emmen), Stephen Warmolts (Helmond Sport), Gor Agabaljan (Heracles), Szabolcs Varga (MTK Budapest), Robert van Koesveld (Helmond Sport)

Pre-season: Big 5-1 wins were recorded over both Emmen and OSS, and they also beat Gençlerbirligi 1-0. However, Anderlecht were too strong with a 3-1 win, and the summer ended with a 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.

Key player: Sam Larsson was again the star player in Friesland last season, and its a bit of a surprise that he has remained at Heerenveen this summer. The winger’s presence is a major boost for new coach Jurgen Streppel.

Young player to watch: Versatile defender Jerry St Juste looked excellent in his first campaign in the Eredivisie last season and will be a key part of the Heerenveen side over the next year. Big clubs such as Manchester United are already circling the youngster and a good start to the campaign could lead to a January more. Read more about St Juste here.

Season expectations: A 12th place finish was a disaster for the club last season and new boss Jurgen Streppel will be determined to get the club back into the top ten this year.

Heracles Almelo

Transfers: In- Thomas Sander (PEC Zwolle), Gor Agbaijan (Heerenveen), Brandley Kuwas (Excelsior), Robin Propper (De Graafschap), Vincent Vermeij (De Graafschap), Daryl Van Mieghem (Excelsior), Tim van den Berg (Elinkwijk)

Out- Gino Bosz (released), Gonzalo Garcia-Garcia (end of loan), Rick Hemmink, Coen Gortemaker (both Achilles 29), Menno Heerkes (SV Meppen), Wout Weghorst (AZ)

Pre-season: After three double figure wins over amateur sides, Heracles lost 3-1 to Preussen Munster, beat Lotte 1-0, and drew with Cordoba 0-0. They finished their pre-season with a 0-0 against Karabukspor before two draws against Arouca in the Europa League.

Key player: Illias Bel Hassani played a major role in Heracles qualifying for Europe last season and despite interest from abroad the midfielder remains in Almelo.

Young player to watch: Vincent Vermeij was excellent for De Graafschap last season despite their relegation and the 21-year-old will now look to replace the departed Wout Weghorst in Almelo. Vermeij can easily improve on his nine goals from last season.

Season expectations: Last season was a dream for Heracles which ended with qualification for their first ever Europa League campaign. Sadly they are already out on away goals to Arouca and John Stegeman’s side need to pick themselves up for the league, but with their squad basically the same as last year they could be in for another impressive season. Much will depend on whether Vermeij can settle up front.

NEC Nijmegen

Transfers: In- Robin Buwalda (ADO Den Haag), Segun Owobowale (ADO Den Haag), Julian von Haacke (Werder Bremen), Dario Dumic (Brøndby IF), Quincy Owusu-Abeiye (free agent), Stefan Mauk (Adelaide United), Kévin Mayi (GAZELEC Ajaccio), Joris Delle (RC Lens)

Out- Christian Santos, Brad Jones, Cihat Celik, Marcel Appiah (all released), Lucas Woudenberg (end of loan), Navarone Foor (Vitesse), Rens van Eijden (AZ), Todd Kane (end of loan), Abdul Bai Kamara (Sparta Rotterdam), Anthony Limbombe (Club Brugge), Hannes Thór Halldórsson (Randers FC)

Pre-season: The club had a turbulent pre-season which featured heavy defeats to Achilles 29 (5-1), Zulte Waregem (5-1), and Hannover 96 (5-2). They also lost to Real Sociedad (2-0) and Steau Bucharest (1-0) with the only highlight a 3-1 over Almere City.

Key player: Former Ajax prodigy Quincy Owusu-Abeyie is back in the Netherlands and the 30-year-old is looking to revive his career with NEC. The winger is the replacement for Limbombe and will look to add creativity to a side that looks lacking in quality.

Young player to watch: The departure of Christian Santos leaves a gap up front for NEC, which Jay-roy Grot will hope to fill. The young striker has been a hit in the club’s youth teams and will look to make the step up to the first team this season. Read more on Grot here.

Season expectations: The loss of key players Christian Santos and Anthony Limbombe will have a major effect on the club, who look weak in all areas of the pitch. A mid-table finish may be the best new boss Peter Hyballa can hope for, with relegation a possibility.

PEC Zwolle

Transfers: In- Calvin Verdonk (Feyenoord, loan), Anass Achabar (Feyenoord), Queensy Menig (Ajax, loan), Ted van de Pavert (De Graafschap), Philippe Sandler (Ajax), Hachim Mastour (AC Milan, loan), Django Warmerdam (Ajax, loan)

Out- Thomas Sander (Heracles), Lars Veldwijk, Ouasim Bouy, Sheraldo Becker, (end of loans), Boban Lazic (released), Dario Tanda (Go Ahead Eagles), Bart van Hintum (Gaziantepspor), Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest)

Pre-season: A 10-0 win over a local amateur side began pre-season and it was followed by a 1-0 win over Genemuiden and a 3-0 victory against Gent. However, they were heavily defeated by Panathinaikos and Southampton, who both put four past Jans side without reply. The summer ended with a 1-0 win over Gençlerbirligi

Key player: Over the past few years PEC Zwolle have lined up with a tall, strong centre forward like Tomas Necid or Lars Veldwijk, but this season the more technical Anass Achahbar will lead the line. The club will rely on the former Feyenoord striker to fire them back into contention for a place in the Europa League play-offs.

Young player to watch: Hachim Mastour’s signing on loan from AC Milan could be a great deal for Ron Jans side. He is regarded as one of the finest young talents in Europe but has a point to prove after a difficult spell with Malaga. Read more on Mastour here.

Season expectations: A top seven finish and a good run in the cup will be the aim for Jans side, but much will depend on how their new signings gel into the side. With Mastour, Ryan Thomas, Kingsley Ehizibue, and Queensy Menig, PEC Zwolle have plenty of attacking talent and will be an entertaining team to watch.

PSV Eindhoven

Transfers: In- Damian van Bruggen (Ajax), Hidde Jurjus (De Graafschap), Daniel Schwaab (Stuttgart), Pablo Rosario (Almere City)

Out- Marco van Ginkel, Maxime Lestienne (end of loans), Stijn Schaars (Heerenveen), Jeffrey Bruma (VfL Wolfsburg), Clint Leemans (VVV-Venlo), Andrija Lukovic (Red Star Belgrade), Augustine Loof (FC Eindhoven), Moussa Sanoh (RKC Waalwijk), Boris Cmiljanic (Huesca), Dani van der Moot (Utrecht, loan), Jesse Bertrams (Lommel United)

Pre-season: PSV have had an up and down pre-season. They hammered Sporting Lisbon 5-0 and Porto 3-0, while edging 2-1 victories over Saint-Etienne and Sion. However, they also lost 1-0 to QPR and slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat against local rivals FC Eindhoven.

Key player: Luuk de Jong was a possible departure this summer, but the club captain and top scorer put pen to paper on a new deal until 2020. The striker will once again be leading their charge from the front and will be eager to end the season as top scorer after losing out to Vincent Janssen.

Young player to watch: Steven Bergwijn has been on the brink of breaking into the first team for the last two years and this may finally be the 18-year-olds time to shine. An exceptionally talented winger Bergwijn is looking to follow in the footsteps of his ex-teammate Memphis Depay. Read more about Bergwijn here.

Season expectations: A third title in a row will be the aim for Phillip Cocu and his squad is the strongest on paper in the league. Jetro Willems is expected to depart along with Luciano Narsingh, but with Steven Bergwijn emerging and Marco van Ginkel possibly on his way back, the squad still looks full of depth.

Roda JC

Transfers: In- Adil Auassar (Excelsior), Frederic Ananou (Koln), Roel Brouwers (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mikhail Rosheuvel (SC Cambuur), (Martin Milec Standard, loan), Christian Kum (FC Utrecht), Dani Schahin (FSV Mainz 05), Yves de Winter (Sint-Truiden), Abdul Ajagun (Panathinaikos, loan), David Boysen (Brondby), Nestoras Mytidis (AEK Larnaca)

Out-Bart Biemans, Bram Verbist, Jordy Buijs, Maecky Ngombo, Rigino Cicillia (released), Mike van Duinen (end of loan), Martin Melec (end of loan), Kristoffer Petersen (end of loan), Rydell Poepon (Boluspor), Arjan Swinkels (Beerschot Wilrijk), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Ugur İnceman (Eskisehirspor)

Pre-season: Preparations for the season couldn’t have gone better with Roda JC unbeaten, with six wins, two draws and 25 goals scored. The highlight was a 3-1 win over Real Mallorca, while English side Birmingham City were also held to a respectable 0-0 draw.

Key player: After eleven years away from the club playing in Germany, Roel Brouwers returned to Kerkrade this summer and will be looking to shore up the Roda JC defence.

Young player to watch: Daniel de Silva’s first season in the Netherlands was interrupted by injury and the talented Australian will be looking to make a big impact this year. Read more about the midfielder here.

Season expectations: The squad has been overhauled in the summer and new boss Yannis Anastasiou will be hoping his attacking brand of football will be a hit in Limburg. However, if his squad fail to gel then they may get dragged into the bottom three.

Sparta Rotterdam

Transfers: In-Stijn Spierings (AZ), Bart Vriends (Go Ahead Eagles), Abdul Bai Kamara (NEC), Michael Verrips (FC Twente), Iván Calero (Derby County), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), Zakaria El Azzouzi (Ajax, loan), Florian Pinteaux (Châteauroux), David Mendes da Silva (free transfer), Alessandro Rodrigues (KV Oostende)

Out-Youri Loen (released), Johan Voskamp (RKC Waalwijk), Christian Supusepa (released), Cody Claver (released), Huseyin Dogan (released), Romano van der Stoep (Rijnvogels), Yesin Ben Mohamadi (RKC Waalwijk), Giovanni Hiwat (Helmond Sport), Melvin Vissers (released), Yaël Eisden (released), Sherjill MacDonald (Westerlo, end of loan)

Pre-season: Sparta Rotterdam played ten matches in pre-season and remained unbeaten. Big wins over amateur Dutch sides were followed up with a 3-1 victory over Volendam, and wins over Austrian sides WSG Swarovski Wattens and SC Sparkasse Imst. An entertaining 3-3 draw with Groningen showed Sparta can match Eredivisie sides, and they closed out the summer with a stalemate against Augsburg and a 2-2 draw with NAC Breda.

Key Player: Winger Thomas Verhaar was the star for Sparta Rotterdam last season, with the experienced Belgian netting 24 times and adding 17 assists. He will miss the start of the season through injury, but will aim to guide the club to safety on his return.

Young player to watch: The Rotterdam club is packed with young talents like Rick van Drongelen and Sherel Floranus, but on loan Ajax forward Zakaria El Azzouzi has looked a great addition during pre-season and will aim to be top scorer fo the club. Read more about the young striker here.

Season expectations: Sparta Rotterdam are back in the top flight and their main aim will be to safely survive, but their squad is packed with talent and they could be an outside bet for the top ten.


Transfers: In- Dylan Seys (Club Brugge, loan), Stefan Thesker (Greuther Fürth), Yaw Yeboah (Manchester City, loan), Enes Ünal (Manchester City, loan), Dejan Trajkovski (NK Domzale, loan)

Out- Robbert Schilder, Georgios Katsikas, Jerson Cabral, Daniel Fernandes, Brem Soumaoro (out of contract), Bruno Uvini, Thomas Agyepong, Zakaria El Azzouzi, Oskar Zawada, Stefan Thesker (end of loans), Felipe Gutierrez (Real Betis)

Pre-season: Twente have had a difficult pre-season with simple wins over local sides followed up by defeats to Nordsjælland, PAOK and Southampton, while they could only harbour draws with FC Altawoun and Konyaspor.

Key player: With Ziyech set to depart the job of keeping the midfield together will be handed to Kamohelo Mokotjo who is set to stay loyal to Twente despite interest from abroad.

Young player to watch: Enes Unal made a name for himself on loan with NAC Breda last season and the young Turk will now get the chance to impress with Twente. Can the Manchester City youngster score the goals to keep Twente safe? Read more about Unal here.

Season expectations: Twente survived relegation by the skin of their teeth after the KNVB overturned their decision to demote the club for money issues. Twente are more stable now, but their squad looks weak and with Hakim Ziyech set to depart they will be relying on youngsters to stop them from the drop.


Transfers: In- Dani van der Moot (PSV, loan), David Raagaard Jensen (FC Nordsjælland)

Out- Mark Diemers (De Graafschap), Christian Kum (Roda JC Kerkrade), Ruud Boymans (Al Shabab), Gévero Markiet (released), Yannick Cortie (released), Ruben Ligeon (end of loan), Nassir El Aissati (FC Oss), Issa Kallon (Emmen, loan), Timo Letschert (Sassuolo)

Pre-season: Utrecht beat DEKO 4-0, Borussia Monchengladbach II 1-0 and Spakenburg 3-0, but they were the only victories this summer. Lierse beat Utrecht 3-1, and Union Berlin also recorded a simple 3-0 win, while draws against Espanyol and Bnei Yehuda rounded off the preparations.

Key player: Striker Sebastien Haller is still at the club and the Frenchman will be aiming to build on his 17 Eredivisie goals from last season if he remains at Utrecht past August.

Young player to watch: Midfielder Bart Ramselaar was a revelation last season and found himself on the cusp of a debut in the Netherlands national team. He will be looking to build on his impressive year and earn a big move abroad next summer. Read more about him here.

Season expectations: Fifth place was good for Utrecht last season and they will be aiming for that again, but the lack of depth to their squad is a worry and they could struggle if Sebastien Haller and Nacer Barazite follow Timo Letschert out the door.

Vitesse Arnhem

Transfers: In- Navarone Foor (NEC), Nathan (Chelsea, loan), Lewis Baker (Chelsea, loan), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City), Michael Tørnes (Odense BK)

Out- Danilo Pantic, Dominik Solanke, Izzy Brown, (end of loans), Piet Velthuizen (released), Denys Oliynyk (released), Renato Ibarra (América), Kevin Diks (Fiorentina), Elmo Lieftink (Willem II)

Pre-season: It started brightly for Vitesse with a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and a 2-1 victory over Rubin Kazan sandwiched between a defeat to Oostende. The club then lost their final three matches, 2-1 to West Brom, 2-1 to Porto and 3-2 against Newcastle United.

Key Player: Ricky van Wolfswinkel has had a difficult few years with Norwich City but has returned to Netherlands to get his career back on track. If he can find his form he could be a lethal weapon up top for Vitesse.

Young player to watch: Milot Rashica was a revelation for Vitesse last season, scoring eight times and adding five assists in 31 Eredivisie matches. He has since been linked with a number of big clubs but remains in Arnhem and will be a key player for Fraser’s side. Read more about Rashica here.

Season expectations: Last year was a major disappointment for the club, but with Henk Fraser taking charge and Ricky van Wolfswinkel returning their is renewed optimism. A push for top five should be their aim.

Willem II

Transfers: In- Jari Schuurman (Feyenoord, loan), Fran Sol (Villarreal), Thom Haye (AZ), Elmo Lieftink (Vitesse)

Out- Adam Nemec (released), Andy Kawaya (end of loan), Frank van der Struijk (released), Guus Hupperts, Lesley de Sa, Lucas Andersen (end of loans), Nick van der Velden (released), Robert Braber (Helmond Sport), Rochdi Achenteh (released), Nicky Kuiper (released), Justin Mathieu (FC Oss), Terell Ondaan (Excelsior), Jordy Vleugels (FC Dordrecht)

Pre-season: The summer started with a 16-0 win over amateur side RKDSV, and they followed it up with victories over Dordrecht, De Graafschap, and Spanish side Real Mallorca. They also drew 1-1 with both Oss and Belgian side Gent. New striker Fran Sol was the star of pre-season with eight goals including a hat-trick against De Graafschap.

Key player: Willem II’s issue last season was a lack of goals and it will be down to Fran Sol and Bartholomew Ogbeche to fire the club to safety. Sol has looked great in pre-season and if he can adapt to the Eredivisie he could be  a revelation.

Young player to watch: One of the most exciting young talents in the Netherlands, Jari Schuurman has been tipped to be a future star and after making his debut for Feyenoord last season he will be eager to impress on loan with Willem II. Read more about him here.

Season expectations: After narrowly avoiding relegation last season through the play-offs, Willem II will be hoping for a more comfortable campaign, but that will depend on whether Fran Sol and Bartholomew Ogbeche can solve their lack of goals issue. New boss Edwin van de Looi will be pinning most of his hopes on young midfield duo Jari Schuurman and Thom Haye, who could be a revelation together.

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