We pick our team of the week from Round 23 of the Eredivisie which saw both Feyenoord and RKC put in five star performances.

  • By Michael Bell
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boet pellFeyenoord hammered NEC 5-1, while RKC also beat Utrecht 5-2 to put in the two performances of the week. Ajax could only draw with PEC Zwolle, while fellow title challengers Twente lost at PSV, and Vitesse were held by ADO Den Haag. There were wins for Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles and NAC Breda, while Heracles v Cambuur finished 1-1.

Our team of the week is:

Goalkeeper: Diederik Boer (PEC Zwolle)

A good performance by the PEC Zwolle goalkeeper helped his side hold champions Ajax to a 1-1 draw. Boer made decent saves from De Jong, Schone, and Veltman in the draw.

Right Back: Doke Schmidt (Go Ahead Eagles)

Schmidt opened the scoring for Go Ahead in the 2-1 win over AZ with a stunning 30 yard effort, but was also excellent at the back and made the highest amount of successful tackles (5).

Left Back: Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)

Willems scored a great goal for PSV in their 3-2 win over Twente, showing great determination throughout the game to get forward, whilst also dealing with the dangerous Quincy Promes.

Centre Back: Eric Botteghin (Groningen)

Groningen could have suffered a real hammering against Heerenveen after going 3-0 down and then a man down, but the performance of a determined Botteghin helped them keep it down to only 3-1. The defender made a number of crucial challenges to prevent Heerenveen running riot.

Centre Back: Bram van Polen (PEC Zwolle )

Van Polen made a number of crucial interceptions to prevent Ajax in the 1-1 draw. Did well up against De Jong and then Sigthorsson.

Midfielder: Hakim Ziyech (Heerenveen)

Ziyech put in the type of performance we now expect from the young midfielder, netting a nice goal, whilst also controlling the midfield with a number of passes, and nice dribbles. The youngster is putting in a real bid to be part of the World Cup squad.

Midfielder: Arnaud Sutchuin (Roda JC)

Although he ended up on the losing side, Sutchuin put in a commanding midfield performance, making the most tackles in the game (8) whilst also helping his team attack with the most successful dribbles in the game (4)

Midfielder: Daniel de Ridder (RKC)

The substitute changed the game with RKC drawing 1-1 with Utrecht, with De Ridder netting the 2-1 before laying on an assist in the eventual 5-2 victory. A great cameo.

Forward: Jean Paul Boetius (Feyenoord)

Two classy goals and a constant threat to NEC on the left wing, Boetius put in a terrific performance in Feyenoord’s 5-1 victory over NEC. Also won a penalty after nice trickery in the box.

Forward: Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord)

May have missed a penalty but the Italian striker put it right with two goals, his second an excellent first time volley. Another textbook forwards performance by Pelle.

Forward: Alfred Finnbogason (Heerenveen)

Scored a penalty, which he won himself,  but showed once more that he is more than just a goalscorer with some excellent link up play with his team mates, which saw him end the game with an assist.

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