As we move into the business end of the 2020/21 Eredivisie season, it’s looking increasingly likely that Ajax will keep their grip on Dutch football’s top prize.
Although Erik ten Hag’s men were not officially crowned champions last season, they finished joint-top alongside AZ, and ahead on goal difference. This season, they currently boast a six-point lead atop the table and have a game in hand over their nearest rivals PSV Eindhoven.
However, according to Rafael van der Vaart, who broke through in Amsterdam before enjoying an illustrious playing career, neither club possesses the league’s best player. That honour, belongs to mid-table side Heerenveen.
“I’m exaggerating enormously, but I call him a bit the [Andrea] Pirlo of Heerenveen,” he said of 22-year-old midfielder Joey Veerman.
“There is always something happening. Now they are really going to cover him, so he does not come into the picture or at the ball every now and then. But when he touches the ball, something special always comes out of his feet.
“Delicious balls, all tailor-made. It all looks very easy for him. It took no effort for Pirlo either. Everything is so relaxed, off the cuff. He also likes to play football. I like it when a player does that. Let’s hope that a Dutch top club will pick him up. Because I really think he is the best player in the Eredivisie. Footballers like Veerman are of a dying breed. That’s why I love those kinds of players.”
Elsewhere in the league, AZ are currently third, with Vitesse and Feyenoord, pushing them for that spot. Meanwhile it’s looking very likely FC Emmen — who sit bottom having collected just one win — are set to exit after this season’s competition.
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Eredivisie fixtures | Latest
Friday, 26th February
PEC Zwolle vs Heerenveen (19:00 UK time)
Saturday, 27th February
Utrecht vs Emmen (15:30 UK time)
ADO Den Haag vs RKC Waalwijk (17:45 UK time)
Vitesse vs VVV (19:00 UK time)
Heracles vs Twente (20:00 UK time)
Sunday, 28th February
Sparta Rotterdam vs Willem II (11:15 UK time)
Groningen vs Fortuna Sittard (13:30 UK time)
PSV Eindhoven vs Ajax (13:30 UK time)
AZ vs Feyenoord (15:45 UK time)
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