After another brilliant round of Eredivisie action, we have picked our team of the week for round nine.

  • By Michael Bell
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antonia go aheadIt was an interesting week, which saw Ajax ease past Utrecht 3-0, Twente remain top after a slim victory over Cambuur, and PSV need a late winner against RKC. Go Ahead Eagles nearly let slip a 3-0 lead, and AZ fell to Groningen defeat.

Our team of the week is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Filip Kurto (Roda JC)

After falling down to ten men after only 20 minutes, Roda’s keeper Kurto came under a lot of pressure from PEC Zwolle’a attackers, but the stopper was in top form to earn his side a 0-0 draw, even after going down to nine men late on.

Right back: Wout Droste (Cambuur)

Cambuur may have only been defeated 1-0 by league leaders FC Twente, but the Enschede club could have been further ahead if not for a number of fine interceptions by Droste. The right back was the pick of the Cambuur defence in their narrow defeat.

Left back: Giliano Wijnaldum (Groningen)

Wijnaldum was excellent in Groningen’s 2-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar, and controlled the left hand side of the box superbly, making 6 crucial tackles, more than any player on the pitch.

Centre back: Eric Botteghin (Groningen)

Botteghin along with Wijnaldum controlled the Groningen defence, keeping AZ’s talented forward line frustrated for most of the game. The defender was also unlucky not to score, after seeing his effort come back of the woodwork.

Centre back: Stefano Denswil (Ajax)

The young defender is turning into a top player, with the centre back rarely troubled by Utrecht’s pacy forward line, and making crucial interventions throughout. The centre back is also good with his feet, and looked to set up attacks when he could.

Midfielder: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)

In another disappointing display by PSV, in which they needed a late Jurgen Locadia goal to see off RKC Waalwijk 2-1, Memphis Depay once again stole the show for the Eindhoven side. The winger caused RKC a number of problems throughout, and was unlucky not to score, after seeing a number of shots saved, and also hitting the woodwork.

Midfielder: Jordy Bruijs (NAC Breda)

NAC recorded a 2-1 victory over Heracles to keep their decent form going after a shaky start, with Jordy Bruijs the architect. The midfielders passing was top notch, and he assisted for both of his sides goals.

Midfielder: Thulani Serero (Ajax)

With Ajax struggling to control the midfield early on against Utrecht, Siem de Jong was forced off with an injury and replaced by Serero. The midfielder changed the game in Ajax’s favour, scoring the opening goal, and playing brilliantly throughout.

Forward: Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)

Another Sunday, another goal for Graziano Pelle, with the Italians strike crucial in Feyenoord’s nervy 2-1 win over a good Vitesse side on Sunday. The striker is on top form, which should be a worry for all other Eredivisie sides.

Forward: Jarchinio Antonia (Go Ahead Eagles)

The lively winger scored and also assisted in Go Ahead Eagles breathtaking 4-3 win over NEC Nijmgen on Saturday night making him man of the match for the home side.

Forward: Filip Kostic (Groningen)

Groningen winger was in top form, as Groningen held of AZ Alkmaar, with Kostic making eight successful dribbles with the ball, and causing the AZ defence a number of problems.

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