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Premier League's Top 10 Dutch masters

Bergkamp's finest moment came against Leicester. (©GettyImages)
Bergkamp's finest moment came against Leicester. (©GettyImages).

10. Ruud Gullit

In his pomp the best player in the world during his days with AC Milan, and one of the first of a new breed of foreign imports in the Premier League, Gullit showed his class during his limited playing days in England. In his first season as player-manager he guided the club to the 1997 FA Cup final, where they defeated Middlesbrough.

9. Jaap Stam

An old fashioned defender who added steel to a United side that won the treble during his first season at Old Trafford. Seen as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's best ever signings during his 25-year tenure, the Scot said after selling Stam that he'd made a mistake, following comments in his autobiography criticising the manager.

8. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

A scorer of over 100 goals in the Premier League, Hasselbaink endeared himself to supporters of Leeds United, Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic during his time in the top flight of English football, finishing as the league's top scorer on two occasions.

7. Dirk Kuyt

Originally bought as a goal poacher, Kuyt has adapted to The Reds' needs and now finds himself often employed on the right hand-side, with his hard work off the ball making him a prized asset alongside Luis Suarez.

6. Robin van Persie

With injury worries behind him, Van Persie is currently enduring the best spell of his career, and perhaps of any striker in the Barclays Premier League era. The 28-year-old has netted 33 league goals this year, providing the impetus for Arsenal's top four push. His ability to strike a volley as proved against Charlton Athletic and recently against Everton, makes him one of the deadliest finishers around.

5. Arjen Robben

An old fashioned take on the modern winger. Robben dazzled for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, leaving defences in his wake as The Blues cruised to back-to-back titles. Such was his importance that Mourinho fired the physio who ruled him out of the Carling Cup final against Liverpool.

4. Marc Overmars

Another throwback winger who excelled, this time in the earlier days of the Premier League. Few Premier League defenders had come across a player with the speed of Overmars, and it showed. Goals against Manchester United in a title decider at Old Trafford, and in the FA Cup Cup against Newcastle United crowned an impressive three years.

3. Ruud van Nistelrooy

Upon joining United, Van Nistelrooy set about almost every record possible. He broke a Premier League record for scoring in eight consecutive games twice during his United tenure. He proved to be as ruthless a striker in front of goal as the Premier League had ever seen, finishing with 150 United goals in just over 200 appearances for the club.

2. Edwin van der Sar

Van der Sar hit the peak of his six-year United career in 2009, when he broke the single-season world record for time without conceding a goal, going 1,311 minutes without being beaten. In addition, he helped United to four Premier League titles and three Champions League finals, as well as earning three Premier League Team of the Year appearances.

1. Dennis Bergkamp

As technically gifted a footballer as English shores are likely to be graced with, Bergkamp set the benchmark for many years in the Premier League. Upon been given a leading role in the Arsenal side, he shone, scoring a memorable hat trick against Leicester City in 1997. He soon forged a partnership with Thierry Henry, but his individual brilliance continued, scoring a superb goal against Newcastle United. Arsenal fans will now be waiting for a statue of this true Dutch master to be built.

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