The Eredivisie season gets underway this season and it will once again be packed full of young talents. Here are ten players who will hope this season will be their breakthrough year.

  • By Michael Bell
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el gahsdhAnwar El Ghazi

Club: Ajax Age: 19 Position: Winger

El Ghazi has been plunged into the limelight after a terrific pre-season, in which he ended as Ajax’s top scorer with eight goals. The winger came on as a substitute during Ajax’s opening day win over Vitesse, and set up Lasse Schone to net his 2nd goal. The Netherlands U18 international is set to play a major part in Frank de Boer’s Ajax squad this season, and the youngster will be a nightmare for Eredivisie defences with his blistering pace.

karsdorpRick Karsdorp

Club: Feyenoord Age: 19 Position: Midfield or wing back

Karsdorp is set to be the next big talent to come through Feyenoord’s famous youth academy, and should break into the first team this season. Named as the best player in the Dutch U19 league last season, which Feyenoord won, Karsdorp is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed as a right back. Karsdorp is tall, strong on the ball, and an excellent passer of the ball.

vloet dRai Vloet

Club: PSV Age:19 Position: Midfield

Vloet excelled for PSV’s reserve side last season in the Eerste Divisie last season, scoring five times in 26 matches, and big things are expected from the midfielder this season. The Dutch U19 international has been involved with the first team during pre-season, and featured in both legs of the Europa League tie against St Polten. Strong on the ball, Vloet is a good dribbler, and passer, while he has an excellent delivery from set-pieces. Should Adam Maher fail to impress again this season, Vloet is waiting in the wings to take up the number 10 role. PSV recently showed how important Vloet was to the club by tying him down to a new four-year-deal.

sinkgravenDaley Sinkgraven

Club: Heerenveen Age: 19 Position: midfield/winger

Sinkgraven is a hugely talented midfielder, who broke into the Heerenveen first team last season, making 17 appearances, which were mostly from the bench. However he 19-year-old started the club’s season opener against Dordrecht, and is likely to remain in the starting eleven for the rest of the season. Sinkgraven is already gaining interest from Ajax, and the Netherlands U19’s international has set himself the target of playing for Barcelona in the future.

ondaanTerell Ondaan

Club: Willem II Age: 20 Position: Winger

Ondaan was excellent for Willem II last season, scoring six, and assisting six times in 36 matches, which helped the club clinch the Eerste Divisie title, and gain promotion to the Eredivisie. A tricky winger, who is capable of playing through the middle, Ondaan failed to make an impact in both Ajax or AZ Alkmaar’s youth academies, but will now have the chance this season to prove both clubs were wrong to let him go. Ondaan started the season opener against PSV, and showed glimpses of his talent despite a 3-1 defeat.

kishna kdRicardo Kishna

Club: Ajax Age: 19 Position: Winger/striker

Kishna is one of Netherlands biggest up and coming talents, who’s development over the past two seasons have been affected by injury, but he is now ready to take the Eredivisie by storm this season. Last season, Kishna made his professional debut for the club, before appearing ten times towards the end of the campaign, scoring once.

Kishna has been tipped to play as a striker in the future, but for now Ajax coach Frank de Boer is using him on the wings, with the attacker showcasing tremendous dribbling ability, and strength. Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovich already in his short career, Kishna been linked with a number of big clubs, but he recently signed a new deal with Ajax until 2016.

korte fknfGiovanni Korte

Club: Dordrecht/ADO Den Haag Age: 21 Position: Winger

Korte starred for Dordrecht on loan from ADO Den Haag last season, and his 15 goals in 34 matches helped the club gain promotion to the Eredivisie. Surprisingly, ADO Den Haag allowed the youngster to return to Dordrecht for this season, and the winger scored in the opening day win over Heerenveen. He may be small in stature, but Korte is full of pace, and his trickery makes him a nightmare for defenders. If Dordrecht are to avoid relegation this season, Korte will no doubt play a big part.

ould chikh ffBilal Ould-Chikh

Club: Twente :Age: 17 : Position: Winger/Forward

If you are good enough, then you are old enough is a saying which definitely applies to FC Twente’s young superstar, who excelled for Netherlands U17’s this summer in the run to the European Championships final. Twente’s financial situation has seen them have to sell a number of top stars, which means Ould-Chikh will get a chance in the first team, and the winger appeared from the bench in the draw against Cambuur at the weekend.

Ould-Chikh has bags of talent, with his blistering pace, and trickery already seeing him compared to Arjen Robben.

van beeSven van Beek

Club: Feyenoord Age: 20 Position: Full Back/Centre Back

Feyenoord may have lost both Bruno Martins Indi, and Stefan de Vrij this season, but in Sven van Beek they have a hugely talented defender, who is capable of stepping in to replace both of them. Van Beek broke into the first team last season, and whether it was at right back or in the centre, the 20-year-old impressed.

Van Beek is comfortable on the ball, strong, and a presence in the air, with his height seeing him win most aerial duels in, and around the box. Already a regular with Netherlands U21’s, Van Beek’s presence in Feyenoord’s first team may see him join teammate Terence Kongolo in the full national team.

van der jdMickey van der Hart

Club: Go Ahead Eagles/Ajax Age: 20 Position: Goalkeeper

Van der Hart is one of Netherlands most talented young goalkeepers, and is highly rated by club Ajax. This season the youngster has been sent out on loan to gain first team football at Go Ahead Eagles, just like current Ajax number one Jasper Cillessen did at NEC Nijmegen a few years ago.

The 20-year-old was a regular for Ajax’s reserves in the Eerste Divisie, making 27 league appearances, while he has three caps for Netherlands U21’s. Should Van der Hart impress this season it is likely he will step up to be Ajax’s number two keeper behind Jasper Cillessen next season, with Kenneth Vermeer set to leave.

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