The Ajax expertise manufacturing facility that produced the likes of Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp is again up and operating.
Manchester United have snapped up their newest younger prodigy, with Donny van de Beek sealing a £35million transfer to Previous Trafford.
The 23-year-old is among the many most promising midfielders in Europe, however then once more, so was his predecessor – and that didn’t prove so properly.
Whereas there have been some unbelievable additions to the Premier League from Eredivisie, there have been some whole stinkers too.
Right here talkSPORT.com takes a take a look at the worst signings to reach in England from the Dutch top-flight…
Davy Klaassen (Everton)
There can solely be one place to start out.
Satirically, Klaassen’s transfer to Goodison Park in the summertime of 2017 paved the way in which for Van de Beek to interrupt into the Ajax beginning XI.
The truth is, they’re so related that Van de Beek drew comparisons to Klaassen throughout his time within the Ajax academy and have become a pure successor as soon as he left.
Nevertheless, regardless of commanding a £24m price, Klaassen made simply seven Premier League appearances for Everton and left the next summer time for half the worth.
Van de Beek has adopted in Klaassen’s footsteps in Amsterdam, however Man United will hope he doesn’t do the identical within the north of England.
Memphis Depay (Man United)
And the Pink Devils may even hope Van de Beek works out significantly better than their final huge signing from Netherlands.
United paid £25m to signal Depay from PSV in 2015 after a yr which noticed him star at a World Cup and end the season as prime scorer within the Eredivisie.
As everyone knows, that was no fluke, and the 26-year-old has reestablished himself as a celebrity at Lyon.
However for some cause, he was completely garbage throughout his two years at Previous Trafford, leaving for £16m in 2017.
Possibly it’s the curse of the No. 7 shirt?
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
For some cause, the truth that Altidore scored two targets in 30 appearances for Hull City wasn’t sufficient to cease Sunderland paying £8m for him in 2013.
In equity, 51 targets in simply two seasons at AZ Alkmaar is sort of the haul.
However upon his return to England, he was poor as soon as once more, netting only one league aim for the Black Cats.
Possibly that claims one thing about how arduous it’s to attain targets within the Dutch league.
Mateja Kezman (Chelsea)
What a throwback.
To be honest to Kezman, he scored an extra-time winner towards Liverpool within the 2005 League Cup last – the one when Jose Mourinho shushed the Reds trustworthy.
However when you’re arriving off the again of 105 targets in 122 video games with PSV, then seven targets in 40 appearances can’t be thought-about success.
Once more, perhaps the Premier League is only a bit harder.
Vincent Janssen (Tottenham)
Who might overlook Janssen? Effectively, most individuals really.
Spurs even forgot to problem him a shirt quantity earlier than the 2018/19 season.
After arriving from AZ Alkmaar for £17m, Janssen netted simply two Premier League targets over three years on the membership.
One constructive, although, is that his woefulness ensured Harry Kane bought much more targets.