Khamis, 14 Julai 2011

Can Sneijder follows them?

menjelang kehadiran wesley sneijder ke MU, website telah menyenaraikan 10 pemain terbaik dari belanda yang pernah beraksi dalam BPL. persoalan yang timbul adakah sneijder mampu untuk menempatkan dirinya dalam kalangan 10 pemain terbaik tersebut jika perpindahannya ke MU menjadi kenyataan.

Club Liverpool
Signed from Feyenoord
Fee £9m
Time in England 2006-present
Position Forward/midfielder
Honours None

Many people in the north-west don't even think of Dirk Kuyt as a native Dutchman anymore, such is the ease at which he has bedded into life on Merseyside; even his Dutch twang has been infiltrated with the familiar Scouse accent.

But while Kuyt has won plenty of fans at Anfield he hasn't yet won any honours, as Liverpool's search for any trophy of note since 2006 - when they picked up the FA Cup - continues. So why include him in the list? Simple; he's been Liverpool's most consistent player over the past four years.

The man hailed as 'Mr Duracell' by Rafa Benitez earns his place in our Top 10 after turning around his own fortunes at Liverpool. Signed as a striker from Feyenoord, a frustrating spell up front was followed with a move to right midfield, and he has made the position his own. He may not have made a huge impact on the trophy cabinet, but there's no denying his impact on the Reds.

Club Tottenham
Signed from Real Madrid
Fee £6m
Time in England 2010-present
Position Midfielder
Honours Player of the month (October 2010)

Few believed Spurs manager Harry Redknapp when he told reporters in August 2010 that there would be no more new players joining his club as the transfer window creaked shut, and true to form Rafael van der Vaart sneaked through at the last minute. The Dutch playmaker moved for something of a bargain - with Spurs giving Real Madrid just £6m for his services.

His impact at White Hart Lane was explosive; seven goals in his first 10 games from midfield -  plus a red card in the crazy 4-1 Champions League win over FC Twente - were the catalyst for Redknapp's side surprising plenty across Europe. Remember the 3-1 win at home to Inter and a 3-2 win at the Emirates over arch rivals Arsenal? Van der Vaart was central to all of it.

His season - like Spurs' - may have petered out and there were no trophies at White Hart Lane come May, but that impact the previous autumn was the stuff fans dream of. And they will be hoping for more this term.

Club Arsenal
Signed from Rangers
Fee £8.5m
Time in England 2001-03
Position Full-back
Honours Premier League 2002,
FA Cup 2002 & 2003

Not a name you would associate with the glittering Dutch masters of the past or the total football for which they have become renowned, Van Bronckhorst still deserves his place on the list for his part in winning the double in 2002, and retaining the FA Cup in 2003.

Rarely spectacular, reassuringly predictable and as reliable as a windmill, Van Bronckhorst was an important cog in the red and white machine which swept to the double. He went on to Barcelona, even playing in the side that defeated Arsenal in the Champions League final in 2006, and was part of the Dutch team to reach the World Cup final last summer, marking the semi-final against Uruguay with arguably the goal of the tournament.

Clubs Leeds, Chelsea
Signed from Boavista (Leeds), Atletico Madrid (Chelsea)
Fee £2m (Leeds), £15m (Chelsea)
Time in England 1997-99 (Leeds),
2000-04 (Chelsea),
2004-06 (Middlesbrough),
2006-07 (Charlton),
2007-08 (Cardiff)
Position Forward
Honours Community Shield 2000, Golden Boot 1999 & 2000

One of Hasselbaink's redeeming features when he moved from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea in 2000 was that while at Portuguese club Boavista a few years previously he had the name 'Jimmy' on the back of his shirt. Only amazing players get that sort of service, right?

The Suriname-born forward certainly had an eye for a goal. A two-year spell at Leeds in the late 90s preceded a move to Stamford Bridge - following a year in the Spanish capital - and when he did don the Blue of the west London club he didn't look back; 23 goals in his first season, including a four-goal haul against Coventry and a spectacular volley from distance against Manchester United. Hasselbaink was deadly in front of goal.

He continued to score goals in his three other seasons at Chelsea but missed out on the glory years of the mid 2000s by moving to Middlesbrough in 2004.

Club Arsenal
Signed from Ajax
Fee £7m
Time in England 1997-2000
Position Winger
Honours Premier League 1998,
FA Cup 1998,
Charity Shield 1998

Arsenal fans didn't call the impish winger the Flying Dutchman for nothing; Overmars had pace to burn and caused full-backs endless nightmares. Already approaching the twilight of his career when he made his switch from Ajax in 1997, he was instrumental in Arsene Wenger's new look Arsenal and helped them complete the double in 1998.

He notched plenty of important goals for the Gunners, including one in the 1998 FA Cup final and a memorable goal in the vital 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford that set up Wenger's first title triumph.

Overmars may have only made 123 appearances for Arsenal but was one of the batch brought in by Wenger which helped revolutionise the Gunners and turn the traditionally stoic and uncompromising side into the widely respected fluid geniuses they are today.

Club Manchester United
Signed from PSV Eindhoven
Fee £19m
Time in England 2001-06
Position Forward
Honours Premier League 2003,
FA Cup 2004,
League Cup 2006, Community Shield 2003, Champions League Top Scorer 2002, 2003 & 2005,
Premier League Golden Boot 2003,
PFA Player of the Year 2002

Love him or loath him, Ruud van Nistelrooy was undeniably one of the best strikers ever to grace England. He joined United at the second time of asking from PSV - having broken down in training with a knee injury when on the verge of a move first time around - for £19m. 

His debut season saw him repay some of the hefty investment many had questioned when he made the switch from the Netherlands in 2001, scoring 36 goals in all competitions and breaking a record shared by Mark Stein, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry by scoring in eight consecutive league games.

The goals continued to flow over the next five years, even though the trophies didn't quite stack up like Sir Alex would have hoped; but the United boss has searched long and hard to find a forward as deadly in the six-yard box since.

Club Chelsea
Signed from PSV Eindhoven
Fee £12m
Time in England 2004-07
Position Winger
Honours Premier League
2004 & 2005,
FA Cup 2007,
League Cup 2005 & 2007, Community Shield 2005, Player of the Month
November 2004,
PFA Team of the Year 2005

Arjen Robben was one of European football's hottest talents when he made the switch from PSV to west London in 2004. New Blues boss Jose Mourinho had managed to fend off interest from Manchester United and a host of Europe's top clubs for the pacy left winger's signature, and it proved to be a masterstroke as Robben & Co. tore the competition to shreds as they romped to the Premier League title.

With Robben on one flank and Damien Duff on the other, Chelsea were unstoppable, and Robben was key; tricky, fast and at times unplayable.

But he soon found first-team opportunities diminishing quicker than his hairline and he was shipped out to Real Madrid, although it wasn't until he landed at Bayern Munich that he rediscovered his best form.

Club Manchester United
Signed from PSV Eindhoven
Fee £10.75m
Time in England 1998-2001
Position Centre-back
Honours Premier League
1999, 2000 2001,
FA Cup 1999,
Champions League 1999, Intercontinental Cup 1999, Champions League Best Defender 1999 & 2000, PFA Team of the Year 1999, 2000 & 2001

He may have looked like a wrestler and had a name that sounded like a glam rocker from the 70s but Jaap Stam was one of the finest defenders the Premier League has ever seen. His stoic, no-nonsense style of defending was the rock on which Sir Alex Ferguson built a treble-winning team.

He departed in acrimonious terms after slagging off the Scot in his autobiography and getting the obligatory Sir Alex response: being shown the door. But the die was cast, and Nemanja Vidic is now carrying the torch for uncompromising bouncers in the United defence.

Clubs Fulham, Manchester United
Signed from Juventus (to join Fulham)
Fee £5m
Time in England 2001-05 (Fulham),
2005-11 (Man Utd)
Position Goalkeeper
Honours Premier League
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
League Cup 2006,
 Community Shield
2007, 2008, 2009
 Champions League 2008, Club World Cup 2008,
Best European goalkeeper 2008, 2009 & 2010,
PFA Team of the Year
2007, 2009, 2011

It's no coincidence that when the giant Dutchman signed for United in 2005 the club started to get a grip back on the Premier League after seeing Arsenal and Chelsea dominate domestically.

Ferguson had struggled to find a consistent keeper with the erratic Fabien Barthez his best option, and plenty of other names given a go but failing to impress, like Raymond van der Gow and the embarrassingly bad Massimo Taibi.

Van der Sar has made the position his own for the last six years as United have swept all before them and unsurprisingly the accolades flowed when he decided to hang up his gloves this summer, with Old Trafford stars past and present ranking him amongst the best goalkeepers ever to have played for United.

Club Arsenal
Signed from Inter
Fee £7.5m
Time in England 1995-2006
Position Forward
Honours Premier League
1998, 2002, 2004,
FA Cup
1998, 2002, 2003, 2005,
 Community Shield
1998, 2002, 2004,
PFA Players' Player of the Year 1998,
English Football Hall of Fame

Dennis Bergkamp is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation and changed Arsenal's image instantly. Alongside a host of big names plying their trade at Highbury under the football purist Arsene Wenger in the mid 90s the Ajax star was the jewel in the crown as the Gunners set about picking apart their Premier League rivals with some of the best football the top flight has ever seen.

Bergkamp was the one everything flowed through and he can be credited for getting the very best out of goal machine Thierry Henry. But that didn't mean he couldn't take matters into his own hands; see his goal at Newcastle in 2002 when, with his back to goal, he flicked the ball one way and spun the other, bamboozling Andy O'Brien and coolly slotting past Shay Given.

Everything Arsenal fans love about their team today can be traced back to Bergkamp's arrival and influence. Without him there might be no Cesc, no Nasri, no Wilshere. Quite simply the best Dutch import ever.


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