While the transfer summer is still in full swing, the new Eredivisie season is already starting this weekend. NU.nl asks three experts about their prognosis based on six questions. "I expect the least from Feyenoord."
Who will be the champion?
Aad de Mos (former trainer of Ajax and PSV and analyst Ziggo Sport, among others): "Ajax. At least, if Ajax is not eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League. Such elimination can last for a long time and I see PSV there take advantage of it. "
Theo Janssen (former player of Ajax and FC Twente, among others, and analyst at RTL7 ): "Ajax, because that has the best best team. Of all the clubs, they spent the most and invested the best."
Jan van Halst (former player of Ajax and FC Twente, among others, and analyst at Ziggo Sport ): "Ajax. On the one hand because the competition has become a lot less and on the other because there is already such a strong foundation. Ajax also has in terms of quality, but they can also extend the title with this selection. "
Ajax became champion in the Eredivisie last season. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Which club is going to surprise?
De Mos: "AZ. That team has a lot of potential and with Arne Slot a good new trainer. They are going to make PSV and Feyenoord very difficult."
Janssen: "I expect a lot from FC Utrecht. They bought well and brought in a great trainer with John van den Brom."
Van Halst: "FC Utrecht and that has largely to do with Van den Brom. He has proven at AZ that he can build a team. I have a lot of faith in him."
Arne Slot starts his first Eredivisie season at AZ as head coach. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Which two clubs relegated directly?
De Mos: "VVV-Venlo, FC Twente and Fortuna Sittard are the biggest relegation candidates. VVV has a new trainer with Robert Maaskant and if that quarter falls in the wrong direction, things can just go wrong. Twente is vulnerable if it is in the first five duels too few points and the same goes for Fortuna. "
Janssen: "RKC Waalwijk and Fortuna Sittard. RKC has replaced artificial grass with real grass, but that is not to their advantage. Top clubs play better on real grass. And I call Fortuna because they are entering the Eredivisie the second year, which is still more difficult than the first year. "
Van Halst: "RKC Waalwijk and FC Emmen. RKC did not do well to remove the artificial grass. Last year, Emmen benefited from its own poor artificial grass field, but just like RKC, they simply fall short in quality."
FC Twente became champion in the Jupiler League last season. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Which club disappoints?
De Mos: "Heracles Almelo. They had to do a lot of work last season and had to sell many players this summer. Trainer Frank Wormuth is facing a difficult year in his second season."
Janssen: "I expect the least from Feyenoord. Of course, for the image of Dutch football it is always good if Feyenoord plays in the top three, top four. But they are very disappointing in the preparation and I also think that they do not qualitatively are improved."
Van Halst: "I fear that it will be Feyenoord. The pressure is so high there because of the followers and they must always fight against it. And then the striker, Nicolai Jörgensen, is also struggling with injuries. No, it was not smooth preparation for Feyenoord. "
Jaap Stam with a part of his selection during the exhibition game against Southampton. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Who will be the top scorer?
De Mos: "Kasper Dolberg. He has finally been pain-free throughout his preparation and has played well. Yes, it may well be Dolberg's year."
Janssen: "Dusan Tadic. Don't forget that he also takes all the penalties at Ajax. Those are already about eight hits. And he also easily scores in the field game."
Van Halst: "Tadic. He is going to make more than twenty hits. Many players have yet to see if they will get a base spot, because of course it will be very busy in the front of Ajax. But Tadic will almost always play. He is so incredibly eager."
The 'new' PSV with the purchase of Bruma and the returned Derrick Luckassen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Who will be the seasoning?
De Mos: "Donyell Grind. He was brought carefully last season and is ready for the real thing this year."
Janssen: "I hope Calvin Stengs, because that boy had a serious injury. He is a very talented player with many possibilities. Hopefully that will come true this year."
Van Halst: "I actually want to say Steven Berghuis, but he has already proven to be a seasoning. That's why I say Adam Maher. He had a hard time at FC Twente, but found his form at AZ. FC Utrecht is going to surprise and there goes Maher play an important role in. "
See also: All completed summer transfers in the Eredivisie