Analysis

7 Eredivisie players who'd make clever Premier League signings this summer – and the clubs they'd suit

Lisandro Semedo
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Gaston Pereiro (PSV)

Pereiro is relatively underrated, because he didn't get any playing time for the national team. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez barely used the 23-year-old forward and didn't take him to the World Cup, but that only speaks volumes of the riches he has at his disposal. After all, new Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira hadn't featured for the national team until recently either, but proved his worth in Russia following some sensational performances for Sampdoria.

Pereiro, who admires the legendary Alvaro Recoba so much that he had the striker's image tattooed on his arm, is a versatile and physically strong attacker. Capable of playing on the wing and centrally, he is very quick for such a tall player (6ft 2in), and his scoring record is decent with 32 goals in 87 Eredivisie games. He could be a great addition to a mid-table Premier League club, for a great price.

Potential suitors: Leicester, Southampton

Lisandro Semedo (Fortuna Sittard)

Fortuna Sittard's promotion to the Eredivisie was unexpected. The club were supposed to struggle at the foot of the table in the second division, but went up to the top tier for the first time since 2002 instead.

The brightest star has been 22-year-old striker Lisandro Semedo, who used to play for Reading's academy back in 2015/16. Apparently, though, the Sporting graduate wasn't rated highly enough in England, so moved on to Cyprus in order to kickstart his career.

Now, after scoring 15 goals and providing 15 assists in a historic season, he looks like a potential star in the making. Tricky, confident and versatile, the Portuguese can play centrally and on the right wing. He could be an interesting addition to a Premier League club – especially at Wolves, who have several Portuguese connections.

Potential suitors: Newcastle, Southampton, Bournemouth, Wolves

Fran Sol (Willem II)

Born in Madrid and raised at the Real Madrid academy since the age of 10, Sol is naturally dreaming of a return to Spain this summer. He was never rated highly in his homeland and played for Villarreal B in the third division before moving to Willem II two years ago. Since then, he has flourished.

The no-frills striker scored 10 goals in 2016/17 and improved the tally to 16 last season – a magnificent return for a club that’s been fighting against relegation. He might be a Liga fan, but Sol's direct and powerful style would actually suit the English game far better.

The 26-year-old is good in the air and loves finishing moves with just one touch. Clubs like Cardiff and Burnley are reportedly keen on him for a reason and should seriously consider Sol as an option.

Potential suitors: Burnley, Cardiff

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