7 Eredivisie players who'd make clever Premier League signings this summer – and the clubs they'd suit
Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently stated that Van de Beek is not for sale this summer, but a good offer might change his mind. The elegant 21-year-old central midfielder is seen as Davy Klaassen's heir in Amsterdam, and while Everton fans might not be delighted to hear those comparisons, the truth is that former Ajax captain Klaassen wasn't given a decent chance to prove himself at Goodison Park.
Van de Beek possesses similar qualities – a magnificent passing range, calmness under pressure and an ability to move the ball forward quickly and efficiently. With 11 Eredivisie goals in 2017/18, he has a decent shot too. Van de Beek could be an interesting addition to a ball-playing side led by a manager who trusts youth.
Would suit: Bournemouth, West Ham
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord)
Yes, he had a miserable time at Watford, and only made nine substitute appearances in the Premier League during the 2015/16 season, but you can't really judge a player if one manager chose to discard him. Quique Sanchez Flores wasn't satisfied with Berghuis during training sessions, but he didn't really find a place for an out-and-out winger in his tactical plan anyway.
Berghuis is only 26, and was magnificent for Feyenoord last season with 18 goals and 12 assists to his name. The Holland international is a dedicated, quick and technically sound player who is capable of delivering quality crosses. A team that uses real wingers could be delighted with him – and his limited previous experience shouldn’t count against him. After all, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne proved themselves in the Premier League after initially ‘flopping’ at Chelsea.
Would suit: Cardiff, Fulham
Santiago Arias (PSV)
The Colombian right-back is a popular name following his fine performances at the World Cup this summer, but also after five season at PSV Eindhoven. Tenacious and combative, yet good on the ball, the 26-year-old is equally effective at the back and when bombing forward.
Napoli are reportedly interested, as are Valencia, but there could still be a possibility of a move to England if a decent offer arrives. Arias brings plenty of international experience and would suit an attack-minded team that admires South American style.
Potential suitors: Everton, West Ham
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar)
The Iranian winger might not have had a good World Cup, but that doesn't hurt his chances of becoming a Premier League player – Brighton look to be fighting for his signature. Jahanbakhsh has made a steady progress over recent years and developed into one of the brightest stars of the Eredivisie during 2017/18.
Not only did he become the first Asian ever to be crowned top scorer in a Western European league with 21 goals for AZ Alkmaar, the 24-year-old also provided 12 assists, so directly contributed to a goal per game throughout the season.
Lightning quick, skilled, visionary and unselfish, a price tag of £20m is actually rather low given his potential, experience and relatively young age.
Would suit: Brighton look to have this one wrapped up.