During these years, Holland has been developing some of the best footballers, with its phenomenal national teams, who have played in their brilliant orange kit for decades on the international stage. There’s also a Dutch legend named after him, widely known as Johan Cruyff, the man who changed Barcelona. Unfortunately, Cruyff never enjoyed his presence in the English top-flight, but plenty of his countrymen did. Southampton had chosen Chelsea’s Dutch defender, Ken Monkou, as the first Dutch player to move to the Premier League age. He went on to play over 200 games for the Sain’s, but most of his time on the south coast was spent battling relegation.
There is no question that international players have played a significant role in turning the league into today. Still, Holland has remained one of the league’s most important protagonists; supplying us with some of the best Dutch players in recent years. Many Netherlands players spent much of their professional life on UK soil. George Boateng is the Dutch Premier League record-breaking 384 appearances, mainly from his time with Middlesbrough.
But I looked at every Dutchman here to lift the desired title of the Premier League Dutch player.
Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
The Dutchman who does not run. Well known for his paralyzing fear of flight, the striker also took boats, trains, and vehicles to fit in Europe, and Arsenal, to stop flying on a plane.
In 2017 Arsenal’s second-biggest player ever, only behind the strike partner Thierry Henry, was called a tremendously talented forward, Bergkamp.
Bergkamp claimed two Premier League and FA Cup Doubles in eleven years at Arsenal and the third league championship in the “Invincibles’s” season and two other FA Cups. In 400 appearances, he scored 107 goals.
He set himself the best target of the BBC reading history of Premier League in the 2017 ball against Newcastle in 2002, where he turned Niko Dabizas and powered past goalie Shay Given.
However, he was not shy to illustrate his ability to pitch a few unforgettable targets with exquisite touches that we’re all talking about today. Through much of his career in Arsenal, Bergkamp partnered Thierry Henry and lifted the Premier League three times.
Edwin van der Sar
Sir Alex Ferguson signed the colossal Dutch goalkeeper from Fulham in 2005, and he went on to win four Premier League titles in just six seasons in Manchester. He retired in 2011 while still a member of the club after representing his country 130 times.
The goalkeeper won 26 big trophies during his playing career, making him one of the most prolific Dutchmen in history.
Van der Sar was the game’s player in the 2008 Champions Ligue final as Chelsea defeated on penalties, winning four premier league titles in six seasons.
Despite the three injury-hit seasons at Chelsea, Robben remains one of the top large players in Premier League history.
In his first bid, he supported the Blues for a first championship under Jose Mourinho for 50 years, alongside Damien Duff and Didier Drogba, as part of a devastating front three.
In the last year and two League Cups; the FA Cup before transferring to Real Madrid claimed another championship a season back. He won a league title. In 106 Blues matches, he scored 19 goals.
Several medals have been won by the Dutch maestro, two of them with Chelsea. The club’s titles on 03/04 and 05/06 had been assisted by his magic left foot. Before seeing his bright future with Bayern in Munich, he left Chelsea in 2007 to play in Real Madrid.
He made his international first international Netherlands debut with Portugal in a friendly match in April 2003 at the age of 19, winning 96 caps.
Robben, who retired in July 2019; revealed recently that he would return to football and return to his FC Groningen boyhood club for the 2020/21 season.
Virgil van Dijk
It was a transfer to the Premier League and in Southampton to draw the giant Dutch centre-half’s interest after beginning his life in the FC Groningen before he transferred to Scottish Champion Celtic. Liverpool, which has in recent years been using the Saints as a feeder team; took a world-class honorary fee for the defender, VVD, to Anfield for £75 million.
Since his coming in, Virgil has won many personal trophies, including the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA club, and the first Premier League trophy. Virgil’s Red is also awarded various awards for his side, including 2018/19 PFA players Player of the year.
Van Dijk, who has been nicknamed a “Rolls Royce” defender; has recently been appointed captain of the Dutch national team, and understandably so.
Nigel de Jong
During the early years of the Manchester City revolution; Nigel de Jong came from Hamburg to become his fans’ favourite in the city. The violent centre field player retained over 100 club performances; the first Premier League championship played a significant role in 2011/12.
In a tenure that saw mid-field players Gagne 81 caps and notably plays Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the final of the 2010 world cup; de Jong scored a goal in his international career.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Probably best known for scoring unspectacular goals, the Dutchman will rarely knock one in from 25 yards out. Still, with a goal-scoring record of 95 in just 150 Manchester United appearances, who cares if they go in? The prolific striker was a central player in Manchester United’s Premier League victory in 2002/03; capturing the season’s Golden Boot with 25 goals.
Van Nistelrooy was appointed an assistant manager to Holland national team manager Ronald Koeman’s backroom staff in December 2019. During his playing career, he scored 35 times in 70 games for the national team.
Robin van Persie
Van Persie managed just one Premiers’ title in Manchester United and one FA Cup in Arsenal after spending 11 seasons in the Premier League.
In eight seasons, Van Persie scored 132 goals for Arsenal, ending with a Golden Boot before transferring to United.
In his first season at United; he kept his Gold Boot when they took the lead in last season’s lead in Sir Alex Ferguson.
His Old Trafford goals raised his Premier League top 144 and made him the most important Netherlands competitor.
After eight comparatively fruitful years with Arsenal; the prolific forward moved to rivals Manchester United in quest of a Premier League Dutch Winner; something he had struggled to achieve with the Gunners.
It didn’t take long for the move to be explained; as he won the Premier League in his first season in Manchester. RVP also won the Golden Boot that season, scoring 26 goals.
In 102 appearances for his country, Robin Van Persie scored 50 goals.
Unlike his father, the previously mentioned son of Johan, Jordi went from Holland to England on a short journey. From 1996-2000 Jordi spent four seasons at Old Trafford; even though he played just 34 games in those years. In 1996, as Manchester United was again crowned champions; he had played well to win a trophy.
Today Cruyff is the Chinese Super League boss at Shenzhen FC.
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