After six months of corona stop, the ball is finally rolling again in the Eredivisie. What can we expect from the new season, after PSV has been transformed, Feyenoord and AZ have not lost a single basic player and Ajax lost three strongholds? Four connoisseurs predict.
Who will be champion?
Gertjan Verbeek, former coach of Heracles Almelo, sc Heerenveen, Feyenoord, AZ and FC Twente: “If you look at the transfer window, Ajax is the top favorite. They can set up two teams in Amsterdam that can compete for the championship. It is also the club with the highest budget, so they owe it to their stand to become champions. turn into.”
Arnold Bruggink, former player of FC Twente and PSV and FOX Sports analyst: “It will come as no surprise: Ajax. They have lost good and important players, but if Quincy Promes is going to play on ‘ten’, Anthony on the right, Neres on the left and Tadic in the striker, then they have it really well done. It does depend on the possible sale of André Onana and how Daley Blind will come back, because then they will have lost a lot of players from the ashes. “
Leonne Stentler, former player of ADO Den Haag and Ajax and FOX Sports analyst: “I’m also going for Ajax. They have a lot of flavors, a lot of money, a lot of creativity and a good coach. I predict Feyenoord as number two, because I think Roger Schmidt will need some time at PSV. And I’m afraid that the selection of AZ is just too narrow to participate for a long time. “
Pierre van Hooijdonk, former player of NAC Breda and Feyenoord and analyst NOS: “Ajax owes it to its position to become champion. There are still quite a few players that can leave there, but they have responded well. And AZ and Feyenoord are the biggest competitors. I find it interesting what is happening at PSV, but I do. expects the transformation under trainer Roger Schmidt to not be far enough for the title. “
Quincy Promes seems to be taking over from Donny van de Beek in Ajax’s midfield. (Photo Pro Shots)
Verbeek: “That is FC Utrecht. They clearly show that they have grotesque ambitions, they say that and I like that. They pick players who they think will benefit them, not according to age, but purely according to their age. quality look. Eljero Elia is 33 years old. “
Bruggink: “Fortuna Sittard. The arrival of Mats Seuntjens was quite surprising. And Ben Rienstra and Emil Hansson are also good players. Fortuna will not get into relegation problems with that.”
Stentler: “Willem II is going to do well again, but I don’t know if that is a real surprise. They have managed to keep their most important players there. I also think that Sparta will do well. They played very well last season, have managed to keep their selection intact and even reinforced themselves with some nice names. Reda Kharchouch is especially interesting. And Tom Beugelsdijk can of course form a nice pair with Bart Vriends. “
Van Hooijdonk: “FC Utrecht has made great strides. I therefore expect them to compete for fourth place. And Fortuna can also surprise, because they have bought well. They can make it to the right row.”
Eljero Elia is one of the four players from the silver Orange selection of the 2010 World Cup who has returned to the Eredivisie. (Photo: Pro Shots)