PSV's starting XI would be very impressive if they'd kept their best players

  • Kat Lucas

Buying players from the Eredivisie can be a gamble.

For every Robin van Persie, there’s a Vincent Janssen. Will they be the next Luis Suarez or the next Afonso Alves? 

Tottenham have decided to hedge their bets once again, signing Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven. 

Spurs have had plenty of success recruiting from Ajax, taking Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez from Amsterdam. 

They have every reason to turn to PSV, though, as the Dutch outfit have garnered a serious reputation for developing talent. 

Manchester United greats Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam were both signed from PSV and going further back, they also sent Ronaldo Nazario, Ronald Koeman and Ruud Gullit on their way to the big leagues. 

The Bergwijn deal has inspired us to look at the squad Ernest Faber could have had to choose from if the club hadn’t sold their best players. 

This side would surely be higher than fifth and would be a European force too: 

Lars Unnerstall

The German has only kept one clean sheet this season but has started to earn his recent run in the side. 

Santiago Arias 

Atletico Madrid may be in the midst of a mini-crisis with Diego Simeone under serious pressure right now, but Arias can hardly be blamed having only started five La Liga games. Yet he remains one of PSV’s impressive defensive prodigies. 

Nick Viergever

The versatile Viergever can either play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder. 

Jorrit Hendrix

PSV have so often switched things up in defence this term but Hendrix is one of their few main-stays. 


Angeliño has found himself playing a limited role at Manchester City but they still saw enough in him to re-sign him. 

Kevin Strootman 

Strootman left the Netherlands to enjoy five years in Roma, before switching to Marseille in 2018. 

Georginio Wijnaldum 

The Liverpool midfielder’s future is still not certain but there’s no denying he’s been a massive success in England, first with Newcastle and latterly at Anfield. If the Dutchman does leave the Reds this summer, he’ll likely do so as a Premier League champion. 

Steven Bergwijn 

Jose Mourinho has clearly been impressed with his pace. Bergwijn may not be the finished article but he will allow Spurs to shift Heung-min Son up front.

Memphis Depay

It’s a great pity that Memphis wasn’t a success at Manchester United, wilting under the pressure of the number 7 shirt. However, it’s been a very different story at Lyon, even prompting speculation of United acting on their buy-back clause in the future.

Dries Mertens 

Mertens has been incredible at Napoli, scoring some absolute thunderbolts with his right foot. 

Hirving Lozano 

Even when he was still in Mexico, Lozano began to catch the eye of Europe’s top clubs. Manchester United began to monitor him but PSV achieved a massive coup when they signed him in 2017. “Chucky” has since moved on to Napoli. 

Bergwijn could make his Tottenham debut this Sunday against Manchester City, when plenty of eyes will be watching to see if he’s the next former PSV star to make an impact in a top European league. 

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