The Dutch football season is over and thoughts now turn to the transfer window. Michael Bell picks four Eerste Divisie talents that are too good for the second division and need to be plying their trade in the Eredivisie next season. 

Ferdi Kadioglu (NEC Nijmegen)

A gem from the NEC academy, Kadioglu made 27 appearances in the Eredivisie during the 2016/17 season, which saw the Nijmegen club relegated.

The 18-year-old remained despite the drop, and starred this season, netting seven goals and adding twelve assists as NEC missed out on promotion in the playoffs.

A hugely talented playmaker with excellent vision, passing, dribbling ability and an eye for goal, Kadioglu has now gone as far as he can in Nijmegen and needs to make a move to the top flight this summer.

Vitesse Arnhem have been heavily linked with Kadioglu since last summer, but any of the traditional top three would also be making a top signing with the midfielder, who is already a part of Netherlands U21’s squad.

Joey Veerman (Volendam)

Volendam had a poor season which saw them finish 14th, but in Veerman they have one of Netherlands most exciting midfield talents.

The defensive midfielder, described as the biggest talent to come out of Volendam since Wim Jonk, has made 70 appearances for the club since making his debut last season, contributing eleven assists and ten goals.

The 19-year-old has now outgrown the Eerste Divisie and needs a move in order to progress further. Utrecht and Vitesse are just two of the clubs interested in the Netherlands U19 international.

Arnaut Groeneveld (NEC Nijmegen)

On the back of an outstanding campaign with NEC Nijmegen and Netherlands U21’s, Groeneveld is now being linked with top clubs around Europe, not just in the Eredivisie.

The left-winger was allowed to leave PSV on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 before being picked up by NEC. He made 12 appearances in his first season in Nijmegen as NEC were relegated but in the Eerste Divisie his form has exploded.

In 30 games, Groeneveld not only netted 13 goals but also contributed 17 assists before an injury ruled him out of the end of season playoffs. The winger also earned two caps for Netherlands U21’s and netted in both games.

Blessed with blistering pace, a powerful left-foot and plenty of tricks, Groeneveld is now one of the most sought after players in the Netherlands. Manchester City are said to be interested in signing the 21-year-old before loaning him to NAC Breda. AZ Alkmaar also want the youngster as a possible replacement for Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Silvester van der Water (Almere City)

A revelation for Almere City this season, van der Water started the campaign in the club’s U21 squad before nearly guiding them to the Eredivisie.

The 21-year-old right-winger, netted eight goals in nine games for Jong Almere City which convinced coach Jack de Gier to finally make him a regular starter for the first-team. He then went on to net twelve goals and contribute five assists as Almere City booked their place in the promotion playoffs.

The attacker scored and provided two assists in the opening playoff with MVV before providing a crucial goal as Almere City relegated Roda JC. Van der Water scored and assisted over the two-legged final against De Graafschap, but Almere City just fell short of promotion.

Van der Water, who is a tall stylish winger with pace and quick feet that can also play through the middle, will now aim to get a move to the Eredivisie with Utrecht and Heracles reportedly circling.




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