Football may not be coming back in the Netherlands but the Bundesliga returns in Germany on the 16th of May. There are plenty of Dutch players to keep an eye on in the German top flight.

Joshua Zirkzee

Club: Bayern Munich Age: 18 Position: Striker

Zirkzee made an eye-catching breakthrough into the Bayern Munich first-team just before the virus outbreak, with three goals and an assist in five Bundesliga games.

The youngster was being named as a potential striker for the Dutch national team, but over the break, the German media has criticised Zirkzee’s attitude in training.

The striker will be aiming to prove his doubters wrong, maintain his place as back-up to Robert Lewandowski and help Bayern Munich win the league title.

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw

Club: Augsburg Age: 28 Position: Centre-Back

After an injury-hit start to the campaign, Goueweleeuw has once again been a key player at the back for Augsburg as they look to stay away from the Bundesliga drop zone.

The former AZ Alkmaar and Heerenveen defender has been with the German side since 2016, and has made over 100 appearances for Augsburg. He has become a fan favourite at the club, and his performances last season had him being linked with a first call-up for the Dutch national team.

The club currently sits 14th in the table and sits five points above the drop zone.

Jonathan De Guzman

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt Age: 32 Position: Midfielder

It has been a frustrating campaign for the veteran midfielder so far, with De Guzman making only one appearance for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

The midfielder, who has been with the club since 2017, appears to be heading for a summer transfer with FC Toronto being linked.

Eintracht Frankfurt are having a disappointing campaign in 12th, but it is doubtful that De Guzman will see much action when the season resumes.

Bas Dost

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt Age: 30 Position: Striker

Dost made the move back to Germany in the summer from Sporting club de Portugal, but it’s been a frustrating campaign so far for the tall forward.

Hampered by injuries, Dost has been restricted to 14 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring five times.

With Eintracht Frankfurt sitting 12th, it is unlikely that the club will be heading for Europe. They will be hoping for a good end to the campaign though and Dost will be looking to at least reach double figures.

Javairo Dilrosun

Club: Hertha Berlin Age: 21 Position: Winger

The rapid winger made a fine impression last season for Hertha Berlin and earned his Netherlands debut.

However, this season has not been as successful for the youngster, who has three goals and two assists in 19 Bundesliga appearances.

Hertha Berlin are currently only six points above the bottom three and could get dragged into a relegation battle. The club will be hoping that Dilrosun can find his top form to ensure that they remain safe.

The winger will also be keen to impress Ronald Koeman having fallen back into the Netherlands U21 squad.

Karim Rekik

Club: Hertha Berlin Age: 25 Position: Centre-Back

The former PSV Eindhoven and Manchester City defender has struggled for form with Hertha Berlin this season, and has found himself in and out of the starting line-up.

Rekik has only made 14 appearances in the Bundesliga, and has made a number of errors in what is his third season with Hertha.

Currently recovering from an injury, Rekik is likely to miss the first couple of games after the league restarts. When he comes back, Hertha will be hoping Rekik can regain the form that earned him four Netherlands caps while with PSV.

Daishawn Redan

Club: Hertha Berlin Age: 19 Position: Striker

The young forward made the move to Berlin from Chelsea in the summer but made only one appearance before being sent on loan to Groningen in January.

However, with the season in the Netherlands over, Redan returns to Hertha Berlin and he will be hoping to get another chance with the first-team.

However, it may be more likely that Redan spends the rest of the season in the reserves.

Jean-Paul Boetius

Club: Mainz 05 Age: 26 Position: Winger

After two difficult campaigns with Basel and Feyenoord, Boetius moved to Mainz in 2018 and has regained his confidence in the Bundesliga.

Boetius was excellent for the club last season and has provided five assists and three goals this season. Usually a winger, Boetius has also been deployed as a number ten at points this season.

Mainz are struggling in the Bundesliga and are currently sitting one spot above the bottom three. They will need Boetius to be on top form if they are to keep away from the drop zone.

Jerry St Juste

Club: Mainz 05 Age: 23 Position: Defender

Mainz signed the versatile defender last summer from Feyenoord for around €7 million and St Juste has been a regular in his first Bundesliga campaign.

After spending his last season with Feyenoord at right-back, St Juste has been moved back into the centre of defence, and has contributed two goals and two assists during the campaign.

Mainz will need the Netherlands U21 international to be on top form for the remainder of the campaign, with the club only sitting four points above the bottom three. He will have help in the defence from a fellow Dutchman.

Jeffrey Bruma

Club: Mainz 05 Age: 28 Position: Centre-back

After a disappointing start to the campaign for Wolfsburg, Bruma was dropped and then sent out on loan to Mainz in January.

The former PSV and Chelsea defender will form a central partnership with St Juste that the club hope will help them move away from the drop zone. He has so far played six times for Mainz.

Bruma will be eager to impress in order to earn a move this summer and impress Ronald Koeman. Bruma has 25 caps for Netherlands, but has been missing from the squad since Koeman took charge.

Davy Klaassen

Club: Werder Bremen Age: 27 Position: Midfielder

Klaassen’s second season with Werder Bremen is not going to plan with the club currently in big trouble at the bottom of the table.

The former Ajax and Everton midfielder has scored four goals and added four assists this season, but Werder Bremen are second bottom and eight points from safety, although they have a game in hand.

Werder Bremen have ten games to turn their campaign around or they may be heading for a shock relegation. That would then mean Klaassen looking for a new club in the summer.

Wout Weghorst

Club: Wolfsburg Age: 27 Position: Striker

Wolfsburg are on the hunt for a European place and currently sit seventh and just one point behind Schalke. One of the big reasons for their good form is the goals scored by Wout Weghorst.

The tall striker is in his second Bundesliga campaign since leaving AZ Alkmaar, and he continues to impress with eleven goals and three assists in 24 games.

The 27-year-old wants to be in the next Netherlands squad and if he keeps scoring goals then it will be impossible for Ronald Koeman to ignore him.

Sheraldo Becker

Club: Union Berlin Age: 25 Position: Winger

Union Berlin have been a revelation in the Bundesliga this season, with the newly promoted side currently sitting eleventh and well clear of the drop zone.

Their squad contains one Dutchman in Sheraldo Becker, who joined the club from ADO Den Haag last summer.

Becker started the season as a regular but has since been dropped to the bench. In 12 games, the winger has contributed two assists and he will be hoping to get more game time when the season resumes.

Mark Flekken

Club: Freiburg Age: 26 Position: Goalkeeper

Freiburg are on the lookout for a shock European place this season, with the club currently sitting eighth.

Goalkeeper Mark Flekken featured in nine games so far this season and made a good impression for the club. However, he lost his place when first choice keeper Alexander Schwolow returned from injury.

Recently, Flekken stated that he would look to leave the club this summer if he doesn’t become number one as he is looking to force his way into the Netherlands squad.

It is unlikely that Flekken will see any game time before the end of the campaign.

Daley Sinkgraven

Club: Bayer Leverkusen Age: 24 Position: Left-back

Peter Bosz’s Bayer Leverkusen are battling for a Champions league spot again this season, with the club sitting fifth.

Last summer, Bosz decided to sign Daley Sinkgraven from his former club Ajax, and the left-back has looked to get his career back on track after several injury-prone seasons.

However, injuries have hampered the Dutchman again and limited him to only eight appearances so far. He is now fit and will be looking to make several appearances before the end of the campaign.

The former midfielder is a dynamic left-back and he will be aiming to break into the Netherlands squad should he impress in Germany.

Kingsley Ehizibue

Club: Cologne Age: 24 Position: Right-Back

The right-back made the move to Cologne in the summer from PEC Zwolle, and he has impressed in Germany with his rapid pace.

Ehizibue has been an ever present for the club, that currently sits 10th in the Bundesliga, and has contributed one goal and one assist.

The full-back was born in Germany but has citizenship for Nigeria and the Netherlands. He was called up to the Nigeria squad before the corona virus outbreak cancelled his debut for the African country. He has recently stated that he has not ruled out representing Netherlands if they were to come calling.




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