PSV Eindhoven are seen as one of the great Dutch sides plus notable for bringing through talent.
This season Philip Cocu was given the task of bringing this talent to the Eredivisie title, while teams such as Ajax, Vitesse Arnhem, Feyenord and Twente were title contenders too in a possibly exciting season in the Eredivisie.
After a summer of selling key players to balance the books, including Dries Mertens to Napoli and Jeremain Lens to Dynamo Kyiv, amongst other players, it was expected they would bring suitable replacements.
The purchase of Adam Maher stood out while Stijn Schaars, Ji-Sung-Park were seen as able players to support these losses but not the most forward thinking, while Karim Rekik was an interesting prospect.
It was expected that the best youth players would be given a chance. With Depay, Willems already in the Dutch national team and Narsingh Wijnaldum on the fringes, it gave whoever took charge for this season confidence,
Cocu took charge after Dick Advocaat had led them to second in the league behind Ajax and runners-up in the cup to AZ Alkmaar.
From the get-go this season they have just struggled, with the team hovering in the bottom half and fans shouting for Cocu to be sacked.
The board have kept strong and they have been proven right so far with Cocu with PSV winning nine of their last twelve games with three losses putting them up to fifth only seven points behind second held by Feyenoord on 60 points.
With Twente on 56 and Vitesse on fifty-four respectively, could PSV sneak into second after one of their worst starts, would make them feel like a successful season but with three games left and one of these against Feyenoord, their fate is up to them in a topsy-turvy Dutch season.
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