He has been the gem of the Feyenoord academy for the past few years and now Jari Schuurman will get his first taste of Eredivisie football on loan with Willem II.

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The midfielder joined the Feyenoord academy in 2004 aged seven and worked his way through the youth sides, becoming a key member of the U17, U18 and U19 squads. Last season Schuurman scored nine times for the U21 squad, and was finally handed his first team debut on the final day of the season against NEC Nijmegen.

He was expected to be promoted to the first team this summer, but with Tonny Vilhena deciding to remain in Rotterdam, the club decided to send Schuurman on loan to Willem II for the campaign.

Schuurman was a key member of Netherlands U17 squad that reached the 2014 Euros final, earning the golden boot after netting four goals. He was also part of the U19 squad that featured in this summer’s Euros, playing all four games.

Style of play

Schuurman is a box-to-box midfielder with an exceptional scoring record at every age group at Feyenoord. He has endless energy on the field, good vision and a varied passing style. Schuurman loves to get himself into the box and can score with either foot. Schuurman has been called the Dutch version of Frank Lampard.

What can we expect from Schuurman this season?

I have tipped Schuurman to be a success since watching him for Netherlands U17s in 2014 and finally the midfielder will get his chance in the Eredivisie.

Schuurman brings to Willem II goals, which was something they missed last season and with Thom Haye the duo can make a dynamic midfield duo in Tilburg. Most of all Schuurman will be eager to impress Giovanni van Bronckhorst and prove he is ready to break into the Feyenoord first team next season.

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