Michael Bell gives his opinion on some of the weekends biggest talking points in the Eredivisie.

Crucial wins for Feyenoord and Ajax

Its been a difficult few weeks for Ajax and Feyenoord but both sides responded in the perfect way at the weekend with unexpectedly easy victories in tricky looking away ties. Feyenoord proved too strong for AZ Alkmaar while Ajax inflicted a first defeat of the season on Heerenveen.

Their 4-0 victories will boost confidence in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam and ease the pressure heading into the international break.

Neres proves fans right

Ajax fans have been calling for David Neres to be a starter for weeks and he proved why on Sunday with two excellent finishes which led Ajax to their 4-0 win at Heerenveen. The Brazilian was a constant threat to the Frisian’s defence in the first half and showed some excellent composure in front of goal. The winger was an expensive buy for Ajax last January and if he keeps up this sort of form he will become un-droppable.

On the other side, Amin Younes had a poor game on Sunday and if Keizer is considering bringin Justin Kluivert back into the starting line-up, maybe the German should be the one heading to the bench.

Heerenveen should be expecting more from Odegaard

Heerenveen could count themselves slightly unlikely on Sunday to be on the end of a 4-0 defeat. They played quite well for most of the game against Ajax, but the final finish or ball was lacking. Martin Odegaard was particularly wasteful in the midfield and its time for the Norwegian to step up and show why he is so highly regarded.

At the moment he is being totally outshone by his fellow Norwegian Morten Thorsby in the Heerenveen midfield.

 

Berghuis form could lead to another foreign adventure

Steven Berghuis made himself joint top scorer in the Eredivisie on Sunday with a double in Feyenoord’s 4-0 win at AZ Alkmaar. The winger was excellent and easily could have netted four goals against his former club.

Berghuis has undoubtedly been Feyenoord’s biggest threat so far this season and will no doubt be proving some of the doubters wrong after his failed spell with Watford. If he keeps up his form and keeps his discipline, there will no doubt be a number of interested clubs this January or in the summer willing to offer him another shot abroad.

Lozano looks set for stardom

If you had to pick an Eredivisie player of the season so far, then Hirving Lozano’s name would definitely be high on the list. The Mexican has proved to be an excellent signing for PSV and netted a great double in their win over Willem II making it six goals for the season.

If Lozano stays fit then I make PSV my favourite for the title at the moment. Marcel Brands recently stated that Gaston Pereiro is a future €20 million player, but in Lozano they have one that could reach reach €30-40 million.

Roda JC finally get some luck

FINALLY! Roda JC got some points this season with a win over Sparta Rotterdam, which definitely had a touch of luck to it. Sparta dominated from start to finish but couldn’t take their chances and Roda JC were clinical with the few chances that came their way. I still see them as the weakest club in the Eredivisie but its a welcome boost for the Kerkrade side to be off the bottom heading into the international break.

Vitesse v Utrecht was a bore

Looking at the fixture list going into the weekend, Vitesse v Utrecht would have been a standout fixture, with two good sides, who have top four ambitions, going toe to toe. However, the match in Arnhem was one of the drabbest games of the season so far, especially the first half which was a tough watch.

Luckily two goals came in the second half to make it 1-1 and provide some entertainment but I definitely expected more from these two sides.




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