PSV have all but clinched their first Eredivisie trophy in nearly a decade, but how will they keep momentum going next year?

  • By Spencer Steevensz
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000000000 dep-dejonPSV have had an amazing season. Aside from being knocked out of the Europa League last week, there have been few bumps on the road. Even a 3-1 defeat to Ajax will do little more than bruise egos. Currently, they sit eleven points clear of second placed Ajax, have scored thirteen more goals, and have amounted 5 more wins than the Amsterdam giants, who have won the past 4 consecutive Eredivisie trophies.

However, it may be hard for PSV to keep up next year. It’s almost guaranteed they’ll lose Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum, who only stuck around to win in Holland before moving onto greater pastures. Depay is tied for teammate Luuk De Jong as the league’s top scorer this season. Two key players, Andres Guardado (Valencia) and Karim Rekik (Manchester City) have loans that will expire. Rekik may return for another season, having spent the passed two in Eindhoven, but he’ll more likely fight for a spot at Manchester City, or be sold to another team in a league with higher prestige. Young left-back Jetro Willems may also likely leave Eindhoven this season, after having an immense impact on the team, both defensively and offensively. Willems currently holds the greatest number of assists in the league.

PSV will likely hold on to Jurgen Locadia, Luciano Narsingh, Adam Maher and Jeffery Bruma, who have all been solid for the team, but haven’t made the difference as consistently as some aforementioned names. They’ll be happy to get another season out of Luuk De Jong, who has recently returned to spectacular form after struggling in both the Bundesliga and Premier League. It is unlikely another team will pay a hefty price tag for the striker after just one season in great form.

The 2015/2016 season will likely be one of re-building, as this one was for Feyenoord, having lost not only head coach Ronald Koeman, but almost their entire starting defensive line to foreign clubs. While they struggled in the beginning of the season, Feyenoord have a firm grasp on fourth place, and will battle it out with AZ Alkmaar for third.

With Ajax already looking stronger with the addition of Daley Sinkgraven, the new contract of Lasse Schone, and the introduction of new blood such as Riechedly Bazoer, they will be looking to reclaim their title next season. It remains to be seen how PSV will maintain their challenge after this summer.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!