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PSV rebuild after key players depart

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PSV's Georginio Wijnaldum playing against FC Twente (©GettyImages)
PSV's Georginio Wijnaldum playing against FC Twente (©GettyImages).

PSV Eindhoven's brand new footballing philosophy has been enticing. Using young players to compete for the title may seem bizarre to some clubs but not for PSV.

The Dutch side lost many of their key players from last season and resorted to developing youngsters in order for their side to succeed. Jermain Lens, Dries Mertens and Kevin Strootman were just some of the players to depart the Phillips Stadium. Also the experienced Mark Van Bommel and Wilfred Bouma retired from football leaving PSV with the task of refurbishing their squad.

Although the experience was not quite replaced, the players brought in were playersthat would develop the side. The biggest signing of the summer for PSV was Adam Maher. The Dutch midfielder had turned many heads this summer in the U21's European competition and had been sensational for his former club AZ Alkmaar last season.

Although Maher has not been the star of the show so far this season given time he should fit right in at PSV. However, two players that have stepped up since the departure of big players this summer have been youth exponents Memphis Depay and Zakaria Bakkali. Both these players are erupting on the Eredivisie and are the main reason why they sit second place.

However, another player that has really stepped up is Georginio Wijnaldum. Wijanldium was made captain by Phillip Cocu for the 2013/14 season and has done his up most to repay him. Wijnaldum like Adam Maher was a huge part of the U21's Dutch side this summer and was rewarded with the PSV captaincy at the age of only 22. Wijnaldum has added leadership skills to his long list of positive attributes and the captaincy has improved Wijanldum as an all round player.

Bakkali 17, Depay 19 and Wijnaldum 22 have scored 10 goals between them so far this season and have been PSV's top scorers: Goals from midfield is no weakness for PSV.

PSV's average age in their latest game against RKC Waalwijk was 22 years old proving just how much faith Cocu has in his youthful team.

Most managers wouldn't take the approach Cocu has taken to a title challenge however, at the moment who can question it. Cocu's side sit behind FC Twente only by goal difference. PSV's team will only improve and giving young stars the opportunity to play now, will only allow them to fulfill their potential sooner.

So with their squad succeeding for now Cocu's men cannot be questioned however only time will tell what the future will hold for PSV.

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