How Have Eredivisie Players Fared in the Premier League?

It’s fair to say that English clubs have had, at best, mixed success when it’s come to signing players from the Dutch league, the Eredivisie. For every Robin van Persie, there’s been a Jozy Altidore. For every Luis Suárez, there’s been a Vincent Janssen.

Here, we take a look at every permanent incoming from the Eredivisie into the Premier League in the last ten years (since the start of the 2009-10 season until the end of 2018-19), and rate how successful their move proved to be:

Thomas Vermaelen

Transfer: Ajax to Arsenal Time of Signing: June 2009 Fee: £10.8 million Arsenal Appearances/Goals: 150/15

Kicking off with one of the more successful bunch, Belgian international Vermaelen enjoyed a five-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, where he was quickly given the nickname ‘the Verminator’.

The central defender became Gunners captain after van Persie left for Manchester United in 2012, but suspensions and his own loss of form thereafter meant he soon found himself behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the pecking order.

He left for Barcelona for £15 million in August 2014, but is still remembered fondly in North London. 8/10

Enric Vallès

Transfer: NAC Breda to Birmingham City Time of Signing: July 2010 Fee: Free Birmingham Appearances/Goals: 2/0

Spanish midfielder Vallès left NAC Breda for the Midlands in July 2010, but made just two outings for the Blues, both in the League Cup.

A stress fracture to his foot the following December put paid to any further opportunities that season, before making no appearances for the club the season after, when they were in the Championship.

He was then released, and has since played in Spain, the United States and Norway. Given he was a freebie, though, it’s hard to call it too disastrous a signing. 3/10

Ronnie Stam

Transfer: FC Twente to Wigan Athletic Time of Signing: July 2010 Fee: £2 million Wigan Appearances/Goals: 52/1

Stam left his homeland to joined Roberto Martínez’s Latics the same summer, and played semi-regularly at right-back during his three seasons at the DW Stadium

But he left for Standard Liege in 2013 following Wigan’s relegation to the Championship, and is now retired after a year-long spell back in Holland with NAC Breda ended in 2016. 6/10

Cheick Tioté

Transfer: FC Twente to Newcastle United Time of Signing: August 2010 Fee: £3.5 million Newcastle Appearances/Goals: 156/1

On the back of representing Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup, midfielder Tioté was a late summer arrival from the Eredivisie, joining newly-promoted Newcastle.

A hugely popular figure on Tyneside, he spent six-and-a-half years with the club, and is perhaps best remembered for his stunning late equaliser against Arsenal in February 2011, to level the scores at 4-4 when Newcastle had been four down at half-time.

Tioté tragically passed away in June 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrest while training with his next club, Beijing Enterprises, but the number of tributes paid to him by those connected with Newcastle reflected how loved a player he was at the club. 7/10

Mousa Dembélé

Transfer: AZ to Fulham Time of Signing: August 2010 Fee: £5 million Fulham Appearances/Goals: 75/7

An excellent addition to the Premier League, midfielder Dembélé was an integral part of Fulham’s midfield under first Mark Hughes and later Martin Jol, while his long-range strike in an FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur earned him the club’s ‘goal of the season’ award in his first year.

He left Craven Cottage after two seasons for Spurs, who triggered his £15 million release clause in August 2012, and went on to play almost 250 times for Tottenham.

Costing Fulham just £5 million, he represents one of the best pieces of business in this category, providing superb value for money. 7/10

Carlos Salcido

Transfer: PSV to Fulham Time of Signing: August 2010 Fee: £3.6 million Fulham Appearances/Goals: 26/0

A less successful arrival at Craven Cottage from the Eredivisie was Mexican left-back Salcido, who is perhaps a cautionary tale of the risks of signing players based on their World Cup performances the previous summer.

Salcido caught the eye in South Africa, but spent just one season in England with reports that he was unsettled following a burglary at his house. He then returned to his homeland with Tigres UNAL the following summer. 5/10

David Carney

Transfer: FC Twente to Blackpool Time of Signing: September 2010 Fee: Free Blackpool Appearances/Goals: 11/0

Of the 12 summer signings made by newly-promoted Blackpool, Australian winger Carney was one of the less memorable of them.

Having previously played in England for Oldham Athletic, Halifax Town, Sheffield United and Norwich City, Carney featured in just 11 matches for the Seasiders, and left the following summer after their immediate relegation to the second tier. 4/10

Luis Suárez

Transfer: Ajax to Liverpool Time of Signing: January 2011 Fee: £22.8 million Liverpool Appearances/Goals: 133/82

Liverpool’s most expensive signing for a few hours before Andy Carroll’s catastrophic £35 million move was completed, deadline-day addition, Suárez is rightly regarded by many as one of the best players to have graced the Premier League stage.

He scored all sorts of goals for fun, including 11 strikes in five matches against Norwich City; one of which came from 45 yards to complete a hat-trick, and broke Robbie Fowler’s record of 28 in a Premier League season in 2013-14, when Liverpool were pipped to the title by Manchester City.

But his brilliance must be tempered with the caveat that Suárez often found himself in the wrong sort of headlines while at Liverpool, such as the racial abuse incident with Patrice Evra in October 2011 and biting Branislav Ivanović in April 2013.

For that, it’s hard to give him a perfect score, but he is still the most successful import from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. 9/10

Michel Vorm

Transfer: FC Utrecht to Swansea City Time of Signing: August 2011 Fee: £1.5 million Swansea Appearances/Goals: 97/0

Another Dutch success, goalkeeper Vorm proved a fantastic addition for Swansea in their first season in the Premier League.

Vorm and his 13 clean sheets helped them comfortably beat the drop and saw him win Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player and the Away Player awards at the end of the campaign.

He spent two more years in South Wales before moving to Tottenham, where he largely played second fiddle to Huge Lloris. 8/10

Bryan Ruiz

Transfer: FC Twente to Fulham Time of Signing: August 2011 Fee: £10.8 million Fulham Appearances/Goals: 108/12

Costa Rican Ruiz came with a big reputation and price tag, and perhaps did not quite live up to expectations even if he provided fleeting moments of pure quality.

Goals like his sublime chip against Everton in October 2011 were few and far between, and after being loaned out for the second half of the 2013-14 season, in which Fulham were relegated, he was then sold in the summer of 2015, having spent a year in the Championship with the Cottagers. 5/10

Brett Holman

Transfer: AZ to Aston Villa Time of Signing: July 2012 Fee: Free Aston Villa Appearances/Goals: 29/2

Aston Villa certainly went Dutch with the summer signings in 2012 following Paul Lambert’s appointment as manager, starting with Australian winger Holman.

Holman had in, fact, signed a pre-contract agreement with the club during Alex McLeish’s time as boss, and has since admitted he felt ‘doomed from day one’ at Villa.

He spent just one season in England before his contract was terminated the following summer. 4/10

Karim El Ahmadi

Transfer: Feyenoord to Aston Villa Time of Signing: July 2012 Fee: £2 million Aston Villa Appearances/Goals: 57/3

Another Eredivisie signing that was Lambert’s own doing this time, midfielder El Ahmadi also joined Villa in the same summer, featuring regularly for them in his two seasons with the club.

A solid addition, but he would return to Feyenoord in the summer of 2014, having made 57 Villa appearances and scored three goals. 6/10

Ron Vlaar

Transfer: Feyenoord to Aston Villa Time of Signing: July 2012 Fee: £3.5 million Aston Villa Appearances/Goals: 88/2

Central defender Vlaar followed El Ahmadi from Feyenoord to Villa that summer, quickly becoming captain of the club and a mainstay at the heart of Lambert’s team’s defence.

Despite three largely successful years at Villa Park, during which time he was also a regular for Holland in their run to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, Vlaar opted to turn down the offer of a new contract in the summer of 2015, opting to return to his home country with former club AZ Alkmaar. 7/10

Jan Vertonghen

Transfer: Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur Time of Signing: July 2012 Fee: £10.8 million Tottenham Appearances/Goals (as of September 1, 2019): 286/10

Another centre-half who moved from Holland to England in the summer of 2012, Belgian Vertonghen has been a constant in Tottenham’s defence ever since his move to Spurs.

His partnership with fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld, also formerly of Ajax, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive duos in the Premier League in recent years. At just £10.8 million, he has been an excellent signing. 9/10

Vurnon Anita

Transfer: Ajax to Newcastle United Time of Signing: August 2012 Fee: £6.7 million Newcastle Appearances/Goals: 155/3

Certainly not Newcastle’s most memorable signing in recent years, but in five seasons on Tyneside, Anita still managed to clock up more than 150 appearances in black and white.

Whether it was in central midfield or at right-back, the Dutchman was solid if unspectacular before being released at the end of the 2016-17 season. 6/10

Oussama Assaidi

Transfer: Heerenveen to Liverpool Time of Signing: August 2012 Fee: £2.4 million Liverpool Appearances/Goals: 12/0

Not all of Liverpool’s Eredivisie signings have been as fruitful as Suárez – just ask winger Assaidi.

The winger did not cost a lot of money, but could not break into Brendan Rodger’s starting XI on a regular basis ahead of youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso.

Loan spells at Stoke City soon followed before a move to the Middle East and then a return to Holland with FC Twente. 3/10

Alexander Büttner

Transfer: Vitesse to Manchester United Time of Signing: August 2012 Fee: £4.5 million Man Utd Appearances/Goals: 28/2

One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signings as Man Utd manager, Büttner was, in some ways, the archetypal modern full-back – a defender who didn’t like defending.

In both Ferguson’s final season and David Moyes’ ill-fated year at Old Trafford, the left-back was on the periphery, before a rift with Moyes’ replacement, Louis van Gaal, supposedly triggered his departure to Dynamo Moscow after two years in Manchester. 5/10

Maya Yoshida

Transfer: VVV-Venlo to Southampton Time of Signing: August 2012 Fee: £3 million Southampton Appearances/Goals (as of August 31, 2019): 186/9

Given he has never quite caught the eye as much as some of his former Southampton colleagues, it may be somewhat as a surprise that Yoshida is still at the club seven years after his arrival.

But even if he is not on the same level as some of the centre-backs he has partnered at Southampton, such as Virgil van Dijk or Alderweireld, he has always been picked at least semi-regularly by all seven of the Saints managers he has worked under. A quiet success. 7/10

Leandro Bacuna

Transfer: Groningen to Aston Villa Time of Signing: June 2013 Fee: £1.3 million Aston Villa Appearances/Goals: 129/8

Here’s a tip – don’t go to the media saying you want Champions League football when your club is having an utterly rotten season.

This, as well as riding a hoverboard around an airport after a Villa defeat, is what Bacuna will likely be remembered for at Villa Park: a symbol of their dreadful, 17-point relegation season in 2015-16.

He featured regularly, and could strike a perfect free-kick on his day, but it seems unlikely many Villans fans will think of him in a positive light. 4/10

Erik Pieters

Transfer: PSV to Stoke City Time of Signing: June 2013 Fee: £3 million Stoke Appearances/Goals: 206/3

Racking up more than 30 appearances for Stoke in each of their Premier League campaigns since his signing would suggest left-back Pieters was at least a decent player for the Potters.

After their relegation in 2018, he had a loan spell in Amiens, before moving permanently to Burnley in the summer of 2019. 6/10

Wilfried Bony

Transfer: Vitesse to Swansea City Time of Signing: July 2013 Fee: £12 million Swansea Appearances/Goals: 95/38 (over two spells)

A man who began with the biggest of bangs, only for the flame to quickly fizzle out. Bony was terrific in his first season with Swansea, scoring 25 goals to help them avoid relegation.

But a mid-season move to Manchester City the following year proved a mistake, and after a similarly unsuccessful loan spell at Stoke City, Bony was back at the Liberty Stadium in 2017.

Though he couldn’t rediscover his form, netting just four in 25 games across two seasons, he still goes down as a hit given his blistering goal return in his early days in South Wales. 8/10

Marco van Ginkel

Transfer: Vitesse to Chelsea Time of Signing: July 2013 Fee: £8 million Chelsea Appearances/Goals (at time of writing): 4/0

What happened to Marco van Ginkel? Following Bony from Vitesse to the Premier League, he was one of José Mourinho’s first signings after his return to Stamford Bridge, but has barely featured since.

Though he is still contracted to Chelsea, he has made only four appearances for the club and has been loaned to Stoke, AC Milan and PSV (three times). Serious injuries seem to have curtailed his chances at being a success in West London. 2/10

Jozy Altidore

Transfer: AZ to Sunderland Time of Signing: July 2013 Fee: £10.6 million Sunderland Appearances/Goals: 52/3

The poster boy for the Premier League’s expensive mistakes up front, Altidore is a striker almost synonymous with not scoring.

The American bagged for fun in Holland, and joined the Black Cats on the back of 51 goals in the last two seasons for AZ, but found England much tougher, scoring just three times in 52 Sunderland appearances. Especially given the fee paid, an awful signing. 1/10

Leroy Fer

Transfer: FC Twente to Norwich City Time of Signing: July 2013 Fee: £4.4 million Norwich Appearances/Goals: 33/4

But for a failed medical, Leroy Fer would have been an Everton player the January before he moved to Norwich.

But since leaving the Eredivisie, he has been relegated with the Canaries, Queens Park Rangers (where he moved a year after joining Norwich) and Swansea, who released him in the summer of 2019.

No doubt a good player, but you would suspect that’s more than just unfortunate coincidence there. 4/10

Nacer Chadli

Transfer: FC Twente to Tottenham Hotspur Time of Signing: July 2013 Fee: £7 million Tottenham Appearances/Goals: 119/25

Another who departed FC Twente for England with Fer, winger Chadli, enjoyed a decent three-year spell with Spurs, with 13 strikes in 2014-15 his own personal best.

A two-year stint at West Bromwich Albion went less swimmingly, though, and he left England for AS Monaco after the Baggies’ relegation in 2018.

Christian Eriksen

Transfer: Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur Time of Signing: August 2013 Fee: £11 million Tottenham Appearances/Goals (as of September 1, 2019): 281/67

Still a pivotal player at Spurs, Christian Eriksen is inarguably the most successful of signings Tottenham made after selling Gareth Bale for £85 million that summer.

That might not be saying much, but Eriksen, who has managed double figures for goals in the last three seasons, has been a wonderful signing, even if he looks set to leave once his contract expires in 2020. 9/10

Magnus Wolff Eikrem

Transfer: Heerenveen to Cardiff City Time of Signing: January 2014 Fee: £2.3 million Cardiff Appearances/Goals: 13/0

One of three Norwegians signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær in January 2014 during his tumultuous short reign as Bluebirds boss, Eikrem made little impact in Cardiff’s ultimately failed attempt to stave off the drop in their first season in the top-flight.

After Solskjær left in September 2014, following Cardiff’s sluggish return to the Championship, Eikrem did not feature at all under his successor, Russell Slade, and had his contract terminated in December that year. 3/10

Dušan Tadić

Transfer: FC Twente to Southampton Time of Signing: July 2014 Fee: £10.9 million Southampton Appearances/Goals: 162/23

Ronald Koeman’s first signing as Southampton boss was certainly one of his better. Tadić may have lacked consistency at times, but with him on one wing and Sadio Mané on the other, the Saints were often an exciting mix of pace and skill.

In some ways, it beggars belief that they let him go in the summer of 2018 to Ajax, where he scored an astonishing 38 goals in 56 games last season and helped them reach the Champions League semi-finals. 7/10

Graziano Pellè

Transfer: Feyenoord to Southampton Time of Signing: July 2014 Fee: £8 million Southampton Appearances/Goals: 81/30

Soon after Tadić came another Eredivisie export in imposing striker Pellè, who flew out of the traps by netting nine goals in his first 12 games for Southampton.

Perhaps inevitably, his form tailed off somewhat thereafter, but a return of 30 in 81 Saints games was still certainly credible, and many were surprised when he followed Koeman out of the door at St. Mary’s in the summer of 2016, moving to China. 7/10

Daryl Janmaat

Transfer: Feyenoord to Newcastle United Time of Signing: July 2014 Fee: £5.4 million Newcastle Appearances/Goals: 77/4

Signed on a rather generous six-year deal in the summer of 2014, Janmaat went on to be named player of the year by Newcastle’s Supporters Trust in his first season with the club.

But the following year, which saw Newcastle be relegated, was less impressive, his nadir coming after a 1-0 defeat at Stoke, when he was involved in a confrontation with his own fans post-match.

He moved on after Newcastle’s drop to Watford, where he is still plying his trade today. 6/10

Siem de Jong

Transfer: Ajax to Newcastle United Time of Signing: July 2014 Fee: £6 million Newcastle Appearances/Goals: 26/2

The sort of player Newcastle fans will only remember for the wrong reasons; de Jong arrived with great expectations and pedigree after netting 78 goals in almost 250 games for Ajax, but this move never worked out.

Due to a number of injuries, namely a thigh problem weeks after joining Newcastle, and then a freak accident which threatened his sight, he was limited to just 26 Toon Army appearances in three years with the club before returning to Holland. 3/10

Jason Davidson

Transfer: Heracles Alamo to West Bromwich Albion Time of Signing: August 2014 Fee: Undisclosed West Brom Appearances/Goals: 5/0

Another one to be filed under the ‘don’t sign players just because they impressed you at the World Cup the same summer’.

Davidson played every group game for Australia in Brazil that summer, but would make only five appearances for West Brom, with just two of them coming in the Premier League. 3/10

Daley Blind

Transfer: Ajax to Manchester United Time of Signing: September 2014 Fee: £13.8 million Man Utd Appearances/Goals: 141/6

A deadline-day signing for Man Utd, Blind left Ajax to reconvene with Louis van Gaal, who had managed him in the Dutch squad at the World Cup earlier that summer.

One of the most versatile and underrated players on the list, Blind has never been a particularly satisfying player from an aesthetic point of view, but rarely let United down during his four years at the club. 7/10

Memphis Depay

Transfer: PSV to Manchester United Time of Signing: June 2015 Fee: £25 million Man Utd Appearances/Goals: 53/7

Blind was a successful Eredivisie, most if not all United fans would agree. Depay, on the other hand, less so.

One of the breakout stars of the 2014 World Cup, much was expected of the young winger following his £25 million signing from PSV Eindhoven, but it just never clicked for him in the Premier League.

Supposed attitude problems and a lack of trust placed in him by van Gaal’s replacement, José Mourinho, meant Depay left United for Lyon just 18 months after arriving. 3/10

Kristoffer Nordfeldt

Transfer: Heerenveen to Swansea City Time of Signing: June 2015 Fee: £770,000 Swansea Appearances/Goals: 40/0

It’s hard to judge goalkeeper Nordfeldt in the Premier League, because in the three seasons he was with Swansea in the top-flight, he only played twice.

He featured in 22 Championship games for them in 2018-19, but has lost his place to Newcastle loanee Freddie Woodman this term. 4/10

Georginio Wijnaldum

Transfer: PSV to Newcastle United Time of Signing: July 2015 Fee: £14.5 million Newcastle Appearances/Goals: 40/11

Nobody would deny Wijnaldum was a bright spark in an appalling season for Newcastle, which saw them relegated, as the Dutchman finished joint-top scorer with 11 goals, even if they all came in home games.

But it has been since his move to Liverpool the following summer that he has truly thrived in England.

Playing in a deeper midfield role than previously, he has become an essential part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans, and wrote his name into Anfield folklore with two goals in the remarkable 4-0 Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona in May 2019. 8/10

Steven Berghuis

Transfer: AZ to Watford Time of Signing: July 2015 Fee: £4.6 million Watford Appearances/Goals: 11/0

When you sign as many players as Watford have done, certainly in their early days back in the Premier League, not all of them are destined to be successful. Winger Berghuis is a case in point.

The Dutchman featured just 11 times for Watford during their first season back in the top-flight in 2015-16, and has been back in Holland with Feyenoord ever since. 4/10

Jordy Clasie

Transfer: Feyenoord to Southampton Time of Signing: July 2015 Fee: £8 million Southampton Appearances/Goals: 49/2

A year after signing two Eredivisie players, Southampton did the same again in the summer of 2015, as Ronald Koeman went back to his home country for another pair.

Midfielder Clasie was highly thought of, and had worked with Koeman at his previous club, Feyenoord. Though he featured regularly under Koeman, he failed to make an impact after his manager left for Everton, and was finally sold to AZ in the summer of 2019 after two loan spells. 5/10

Cuco Martina

Transfer: FC Twente to Southampton Time of Signing: July 2015 Fee: £1.4 million Southampton Appearances/Goals: 36/1

And confirming that Southampton had much less success with Eredivisie signings this time around than with Tadić and Pellè the year before was Martina, though he will be remembered for a wonder goal against Arsenal for the Saints, if little else.

The right-back struggled to make an impact on the South Coast and left after his two-year contract expired at the end of 2016-17.

But Koeman signed him again for Everton, where he looked hopelessly out of his depth, often having to deputise at left-back. A lack of ability, rather than effort, was the issue here. 3/10

Viktor Fischer

Transfer: Ajax to Middlesbrough Time of Signing: May 2016 Fee: £4.5 million Middlesbrough Appearances/Goals: 16/0

Another youngster for whom much was expected, Fischer’s career has yet to really catch fire in the way many had hoped, and his time at Middlesbrough essentially reflects that.

Boro were incredibly dull to watch in 2016-17, and were relegated having won just five games and scored an appalling 27 goals, and Fischer made no impact. He was sold following their immediate return to the Championship. 4/10

Vincent Janssen

Transfer: AZ to Tottenham Hotspur Time of Signing: July 2016 Fee: £17 million Tottenham Appearances/Goals: 42/6

Admittedly, it can’t be easy being understudy to Harry Kane, but even still, it was shocking how sub-par Janssen was for Tottenham.

Just six goals in 42 games is a meagre return for a striker who looked desperately short of confidence – just look at his reaction to scoring in a 6-0 FA Cup win against then-League One Millwall for evidence of that.

His nightmare finally ended in the summer of 2019, when he moved to Mexico, joining Monterrey. 2/10

Mike van der Hoorn

Transfer: Ajax to Swansea City Time of Signing: July 2016 Fee: £2 million Swansea Appearances/Goals (as of August 31, 2019): 98/6

Van der Hoorn had to bide his time at Swansea, playing for them just 11 times in his first season following his move from Ajax, but has since become a regular in central defence.

And while the Swans have been in the Championship for two years now, he has certainly made an impression, not least with his aerial threat. Another decent, no-frills signing. 6/10

Luciano Narsingh

Transfer: PSV to Swansea City Time of Signing: January 2017 Fee: £4 million Swansea Appearances/Goals: 39/2

A less successful move from Holland to Swansea was winger Narsingh, whose late winner against winner against Watford in December 2017 was about the only thing of note he did in his two-and-a-half years in Wales.

He was released in the summer of 2019 having barely featured in the Championship for Swansea and subsequently returned home, joining Feyenoord. 3/10

Markus Henriksen

Transfer: AZ to Hull City Time of Signing: January 2017 Fee: £4.8 million Hull Appearances/Goals (as of May 5, 2019): 92/5

One of the many players brought in at the eleventh hour by Hull during the 2016 summer transfer window, Henriksen is still hanging on at the KCOM Stadium.

An initial loan move that summer became permanent the following January and he has become a popular figure at Hull since their relegation in 2017, featuring for them regularly in the Championship. 6/10

Erwin Mulder

Transfer: Heerenveen to Swansea City Time of Signing: June 2017 Fee: Free Swansea Appearances/Goals (at time of writing): 27/0

Like Nordfeldt, it’s almost impossible to judge how successful Mulder was in the Premier League; although he didn’t even play a minute of top-flight football for Swansea.

He has since made 27 appearances for the club, albeit all in the second tier. 3/10

Davy Klaassen

Transfer: Ajax to Everton Time of Signing: June 2017 Fee: £23.6 million Everton Appearances/Goals: 16/0

So beloved was Klaassen at Ajax, the club he came through the ranks with, that even after he left for Everton, he returned for a farewell with the fans at the Amsterdam Arena and was greeted with rapturous applause.

Evertonians, though, just couldn’t feel the same love. Though clearly gifted technically, Klaassen struggled to cope with the faster pace of the Premier League, and Koeman eventually dropped him prior to his sacking, before barely featuring at all under his successor, Sam Allardyce.

He was sold after one season to Werder Bremen for about half of the price Everton had paid for him, and is seen as a symbol of all that was wrong with the club’s transfer strategy under Koeman and former director of football, Steve Walsh. 2/10

Jairo Riedewald

Transfer: Ajax to Crystal Palace Time of Signing: July 2017 Fee: £8.2 million Crystal Palace Appearances/Goals (as of August 27, 2019): 21/0

Poor Jairo Riedewald. He followed his former manager at Ajax, Frank de Boer, to Palace in the summer of 2017, only for the Eagles to lose their first four games without scoring and the Dutchman to be brutally sacked.

Since then, he has been a bit-part player under Roy Hodgson, and has not played a single minute of Premier League football for Palace since April 2018. 4/10

Davinson Sánchez

Transfer: Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur Time of Signing: August 2017 Fee: £42 million Tottenham Appearances/Goals (as of September 1, 2019): 82/1

In fact, of the three Ajax players to move to the Premier League in the summer of 2017, only Tottenham’s Sánchez has really been at all successful.

Costing a then-club record fee of £42 million, the Colombian has certainly shown his lack of experience at times, but seems the natural successor to either Vertonghen and Alderweireld with his uncompromising, accomplished defending style.

Davy Pröpper

Transfer: PSV to Brighton & Hove Albion Time of Signing: August 2017 Fee: £6 million Brighton Appearances/Goals (as of August 31, 2019): 79/1

Of Brighton’s three Eredivisie signings since promotion to the Premier League in 2017, only Pröpper has truly worked.

The Dutchman was a regular for the Seagulls in both of his first two years at the club, while also featuring more often for Holland, including making the squad for the Nations Cup Finals in June 2019. 7/10

Jürgen Locadia

Transfer: PSV to Brighton & Hove Albion Time of Signing: January 2018 Fee: £15 million Brighton Appearances/Goals (as of August 24, 2019): 43/6

If Pröpper has been a success at Brighton, the same can hardly be said for his former PSV teammate, striker Locadia, who moved to the Amex Stadium in January 2018 for a then-club record fee of £15 million.

But six goals in 43 games tells its own story, and his loan move to Hoffenheim in August 2019 disappointed few Brighton supporters. 3/10

Juninho Bacuna

Transfer: Groningen to Huddersfield Town Time of Signing: June 2018 Fee: £2.3 million Huddersfield Appearances/Goals (as of August 21, 2019): 28/1

The younger brother of former Villa man Leandro Bacuna, the Terriers man was almost set up to fail by joining one of the worst teams in Premier League history, who were relegated with just 16 points in 2018-19.

He has stuck around following relegation, though, and has featured five times for Huddersfield in the Championship in 2019-20 at the time of writing. It’s hard to criticise him or his signing too much. 5/10

Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Transfer: AZ to Brighton & Hove Albion Time of Signing: July 2018 Fee: £17.2 million Brighton Appearances/Goals (as of August 27, 2019): 25/0

Jahanbakhsh, on the other hand, can be categorised with Locadia, who he replaced as Brighton’s record signing that same summer.

But like Locadia, it hasn’t happened for the winger in England, who is yet to break his duck after 25 Brighton appearances and was left out of new manager Graham Potter’s squads for the early games of the 2019-20 season. 3/10

Philippe Sandler

Transfer: PEC Zwolle to Manchester City Time of Signing: July 2018 Fee: £2.7 million Man City Appearances/Goals (as of January 23, 2019): 2/0

Another who it is almost impossible to rate given his only football has been cup ties against Rotherham United and Burton Albion. 4/10

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  • ❤7 COLORS CHANGING WITH SMART TOUCH: By acrylic light guide and the LED colorful source, LED football light can export a variety of color visual effects with a touch of the button on the base. This 3D LED illusion lamp has 7 different colors for you to change and choose, easily realizing your colourful 3D visual illusion depending on your mood or surrounding. Then the 8th touch to turn on makes it into the random colors.
  • ❤A GUARANTEE OF QUALITY SLEEP: The kids lamp adopts newly designed ABS lamp holder and environment-friendly acrylic material, which is strong and high in toughness. 3D illusion lamp football is the most suitable bedside decoration lamps for infants and children. The light of table desk lamp is soft and bright, let your lovely child feel warm and have a good sleep at night.
  • ❤LONG LASTING & ENERGY SAVING: Give your child a 3d football light to satisfy his curiosity about the unknown area. Durable ABS base in which there are 9 LED beads, powered by 5V USB cable connected to computer, laptop or your household adaptor. Power dissipation: 0.012kw.h/24 hours; LED Life span: 10000hours. This football night light for boys takes less energy, and even turns it on all night.
  • ❤FOOTBALL GIFTS FOR BOYS: The beautifully designed gift boxes with our colour changing lamp are not only the best football toys for young football fans, but also the best Christmas gifts for children on birthdays, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, weddings, anniversaries, baby gifts, farewell parties, New Year's day and other best gifts for your family and friends.
Bestseller No. 2
Eat Sleep Football Repeat Funny Unisex Kids Adults Hoodie Jumper Sport Royal Blue
  • Premium 80% Cotton 20% Polyester
  • Handprinted in the UK using the latest DTG Printing
  • Size Guide Chest Measurements: Small 35-37", Medium 38-40", Large 41-43", XL 44-46", XXL 47-49"
  • Great Value With No Compromise
  • Machine Washable
SaleBestseller No. 3
BrainBox - Football - Card Game
  • BrainBox Football is the 10-minute brain challenge that'll test your football knowledge while developing your memory and observation skills
  • Each of its 54 cards features fun facts about a beloved football club; try to memorise everything that you see and read before flipping over the card to answer questions
  • You won't only be learning about famous players and stadiums but also keeping an eye out for details. Can you remember if the penalty spot was visible?
  • Made with a minimum of 70 Percent recycled materials, this green and travel-friendly game is a quick-playing delight that's good for play with family or groups of friends
  • 1+ Players | Ages 8+ | 10 Minute Playing Time
SaleBestseller No. 4
Mitre Scriball Personaliseable Mini Football, Zultz
  • Collect it, colour it, play it, an ideal gift for boys and girls whatever the occasion
  • Mini football with five colouring pens for distinct colouring-in fun
  • Includes ball pump and stand to proudly display their handiwork
  • But it isn’t just for colouring in, it also encourages children to get into the garden for a kickabout
Bestseller No. 5
Kuyou Football Kick Trainer, Soccer Training Aid for Kids and Adults Hands Free Solo Practice,Volleyball/Rugby Training Equipment, Universal Fits #3#4#5 Footballs (Yellow)
  • ⚽ Pratice And Enjoy - Perfect solo soccer trainer with premium quality and adjustable cord stretching up to 18 ft.Also comes with a durable tethered waistband, Enjoy praticing and improving your skills of control ball, shooting, passing, receiving, dribbling, throw-in like without chasing and pressured all around
  • ⚽ Universal fits different sized balls-The football elastic band includes 5 velcro straps, the length of the velcro has 28cm, suitable ball size of 3, 4 and 5 ball.Players of all levels can gain more soccer skills through using this soccer training equipment
  • ⚽ Flexible and Adjustable - The football training kit's belt strap is adjustable to fit waist sizes (33"-39").The elastic strap stretches 6ft -18 ft.Flexible adjustment of the ball length for better praticing and playing in backyard,playground and park for kids and adults
  • ⚽ Develop Confidence - Shooting, passing, receiving, throw-ins, all of these ball control skills can obtain by training with this solo soccer kick trainer.Develop your confidence by improve the accuracy of the goal for each game
  • ⚽ 100% Satisfaction After-sales Service: Kuyou promise to provide you the best option for outdoor articles. Please email us if you have any question, we will reply in 24 working hours
SaleBestseller No. 6
100 PICS Football Stars Travel Game - Guess 100 Players, Flash Card Quiz, Pocket Puzzles For Kids And Adults
  • 100 FOOTBALL STARS TO GUESS. A fun footy game with photos of some of the world’s most recognisable football stars.
  • POCKET-SIZED AND PACKED WITH FUN. Look at the letter clues and open the four doors to unveil a star footballer. Guess the name and then slide to reveal the answer.
  • PERFECT PRESENT OR STOCKING FILLER for any football lovers. Play alone or with friends and family (age 8 plus).
  • HANDY TRAVEL ACTIVITY. Fits neatly into your pocket or bag. Hours of screen-free entertainment - play in the back of the car, in restaurants, planes and trains.
  • BOOST YOUR BRAIN. 100 PICS flash card games help improve vocabulary, spelling, and memory. Recommended by The Good Toy Guide.
Bestseller No. 7
The Pyjama Factory Boys Eat Sleep Football Repeat Long Cotton Pyjamas (11-12 Years) Black
  • Eat Sleep Footbal Long Cotton Pyjamas with Long cuffed legs with lovely football all over design. These will go down well with all football mad boys .
Bestseller No. 8
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Chocolate Football, 256 g
  • Hollow Chocolate Football
  • Premier League Edition made with milk chocolate
  • Made with the delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate
  • Our cocoa beans are sourced through the Cocoa Life Sustainability Program
  • Suitable for Vegetarians
Bestseller No. 9
Smart Ball SBCB1B Football Gift for Boys Girls Age 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12+ Years Old Kick Up Counting Power Ball with Glow Lights and Sounds Training Kids, White & Blue
  • AMAZING COUNTING FOOTBALL: Introducing the latest innovation in football, Smart Ball Kick up Counting Football with lights and sounds This amazing counting football allows you to challenge yourself and your friends to see who can achieve more tricks Use your feet, legs, knees, chest and shoulders to keep the Smart Ball from hitting the ground and it will count each time it makes contact with you.
  • FEATURES LIGHTS AND SOUNDS: As you reach key milestones Smart Ball will speak words of encouragement to spur you on as you challenge yourself to keep the ball in the air, and for even more fun, the Smart Ball lights up each time it comes into contact with your body.
  • CHALLENGE FRIENDS: Compete with your friends to see who can get closest to the magic 100 kick ups
  • PERFECT GIFT FOR FOOTBALL FANS: Whether you are looking for a Birthday gift, Christmas gift or other event, the Smart Ball Kick Up Counting Football is the perfect gift for football fans aged 6 years and over
  • PRACTISE: Great for practising your kick ups and freestyling skills
SaleBestseller No. 10
92 Club Football Grounds Collect and Scratch Off Travel Map - Maps International - 29 x 42cm
  • FOOTBALL STADIUMS: Scratch off map of the 92 major football grounds around England reveals the coloured team kit underneath on the detailed large wall map.
  • HIGH QUALITY: The scratch off travel map is printed on premium 170gsm silk art paper with gold scratch map coating, and measures 29 (w) x 42 (h) cm.
  • UNIQUE GIFT: This scratch off travel map is the perfect gift for football fans who can use the large wall map to log their visits to other grounds.
  • CREASE-FREE DELIVERY: Your scratch off map is rolled in a tube for delivery, so it arrives ready to display.
  • MAPS INTERNATIONAL: Our philosophy of ‘cartographic excellence’ combines detail, design and high quality finishes in a range of stunning wall maps.
SaleBestseller No. 11
Baztoy JT811 Kids Toys Air Power Soccer Ball Games Indoor Football Gifts for Boys Girls with Soft Foam Bumpers and Colorful LED Lights - Black
  • Premium quality: Made of non-toxic plastic, soft bumper foam edging, flexible, safe and no hurt
  • Novel design: Combines hockey and soccer features into one ball, which allows you to play in various ways. Glides on any smooth surface, floats on a cushion of air, how interesting!
  • Colorful led lights: Equipped with LED lights, blinks red and blue lights in darkness, brings more fun for kids, making the game more exciting, requires 4 x 1.5v AA batteries (Not included).
  • Fun time: Suitable for indoor and outdoor to play for fun, soft and safe toys for kids to play with friends or pets, also, good family games for kids to play with parents together.
  • Funny gifts toys: Air Power Soccer is not only a fun toy, but also a fantastic Birthday gift, Christmas gift for kids, most importantly, the most special football gifts for boys.
Bestseller No. 12
Fancy A Snuggle Eat. Sleep. Football. Repeat. Footy Kids Boys/Girls T-Shirt Royal Blue 9-11 Year Old
  • Original TM Licensed T-Shirt
  • Short Sleeve
  • Machine Washable
  • Rib crew neck with taped neckline for comfort
SaleBestseller No. 13
Kids Water Bottle by elefunkie – Football Gifts for Boys – Unique Water Bottle for Kids, Collapsible - Childrens Water Bottle, BPA Free - Boys Water Bottle 500ml, Free eBook Name Tag…
  • NO NASTY CHEMICALS: Our kids drinking bottle is BPA FREE & LFGB certified so you know your children are safe making the perfect football water bottle. The strong food-grade silicone ensures this kids drinks bottle is safe and a great football gift or boys birthday gift
  • EVERYDAY I’M GUZZLIN’: Do your kids drink enough water? With a capacity of 500ml, up to 4 refills of this kids bottle is enough for their daily intake to be met. The flip-top spout makes the elefunkie childrens drinks bottle practical as well.
  • FUNKY & FUNCTIONAL: Stunning football design you won’t find on another drinks bottles for kids. And when it’s all said and done, collapse it and put it away. Truly a unique gift for boys & girls and great as a birthday gift for boys
  • DROP RESISTANT & LEAKPROOF: When did the last boys drinks bottle you bought lasted a whole school year? The elefunkie kids sport bottle is drop resistant up to 4ft making it ideal for sports and other fun activities
  • ADD TO CART: Once you’re done, collapse, clip and go. All elefunkie water bottle for kids come with a carabiner so you’ll never lose it. So CLICK ADD TO CART and take advantage of our 30 day money back guarantee and give them the perfect boys gift
Bestseller No. 14
Anpro Hovering Football Set, with Inflatable Football and Goal,Rechargeable Indoor Game Ball Set, Buoyancy Sport with Football Led Lights,Football Gifts for Boys and Girls
  • [Gorgeous sports toy set]: Anpro hovering football set contains a hovering football, an inflatable football, two football goals, a special inflatable pump, a USD charging cable and four suction cups; the ball needle is in the pump Inside the back cover, it will be safer and will not hurt children. Our hovering football has passed ASTM, HR4040, CPC, EN71, MSDS certification.
  • [Move by buoyancy]: The hovering football has a powerful built-in motor and fan to generate airflow, so that it can float on a smooth surface. The hovering football has a built-in lithium battery that is rechargeable, with a battery capacity of 1200 mAh. It can be played for about 35 minutes when fully charged, which is more environmentally friendly and convenient.
  • [Impact resistant design]: The edge of the ball is made of high-quality soft foam safety material, and the foam bumper is made of high-quality EVA ring material. The edge is not easy to burst, which can slow down the damage during exercise and protect it. Furniture. The straight tube at the bottom of the goal is stable with a suction cup and will not move easily.
  • [Colorful LED lights]: The hovering football is equipped with LED7 color lights. Colorful LED lights will bring more fun! It only needs a small space to play football with children at any time. It is a good choice for family games or children's games, and it can promote parent-child relationship.
  • [Exquisite gift for children]: Hovering football club is an ideal choice for children. It can arouse children's interest in football and cultivate sports habits. It is suitable for indoor activities and gatherings when you cannot go out. You can enjoy it easily PK battles and team competitions are fun, and you can play with multiple people!
SaleBestseller No. 15
World Football Stars Top Trumps Match Board Game
  • The Crazy Cube Game - World Football Stars Edition
  • Be the first to match five of your favorite footballers in a row – horizontally, vertically or diagonally
  • But wait! Can your opponent steal the game? Do they have the Top Trump card, can they take the match and win the game
  • Play with 15 of your favorite footballers including Harry Kane, Paul Pogba and Leo Messi
  • Easy to set up and pack away, Top Trumps Match comes in a handy self-contained plastic case - play anytime, anywhere
Bestseller No. 16
Liverpool FC Official Football Gift Mens Loungewear Short Pyjamas Large
  • Official LFC mens short pyjamas
  • Shorts with elasticated waist & club crest print
  • Garment Size (Chest): Sm. 38"; Med. 40"; Lge. 43"; XL 46"
  • Superb quality gift item
Bestseller No. 17
Football Activity Book: For Kids Aged 6-12 (Football Activity Books For Kids Aged 6-12)
  • Foundation, The Future Teacher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 09/25/2018 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 18
Tottenham Hotspur FC Official Gift Boys Sublimation Short Pyjamas Navy 10-11 yrs
  • Official THFC boys short pyjamas
  • Height: 2-3 yrs 98cm; 4-5 yrs 110cm; 6-7 yrs 122cm; 8-9 yrs 134cm; 10-11 yrs 146cm; 12-13 yrs 158cm
  • Round Neck Pyjama - Shorts 100% Cotton; Front: 100% Polyester; Back & Sleeves 100% Cotton; Full elasticated waist
  • V-Neck Pyjama - 100% Cotton; Full elasticated waist
SaleBestseller No. 19
World Football Stars Top Trumps Quiz Game
  • Quizzical World Football Stars fun with a Top Trumps Twist
  • Entertaining educational card game loved for bringing your favourite footballers to life
  • 500 puzzling and captivating questions that will test your knowledge and memory
  • Easy-to-carry plastic case means there are no limits on gameplay
  • Prepare to outsmart your opponents, discover new and exciting facts and duel your way to becoming the Top Trump
Bestseller No. 20
PIXHOTUL Football Party Supplies - Sports Theme Party Pack Decorations for Kid's Birthday Including Plates, Cups, Napkins, Invitation Cards, Tablecloth, Banner, Gift Bags and Balloons, Serves 12
  • VALUABLE PACKAGE: 12 x 9"(22cm) plates, 12 x 7"(18cm) plates, 12 x cups, 24 x table napkins, 12 x invitation cards, 12 x gift bags, 30 x balloons ( green, white, black 10pcs/color ), 1 x tablecloth, 1 x GOAL football banner, 4 x foil balloons.
  • SAFETY & GOOD MATERIALS: All of the products are 100% food grade, non-toxic and durable. Plates, cups, napkins, banners, gift cards are made of Eco-friendly white paperboard. Gift bags, table covers are BPA free plastics. The balloons are made of foil and latex.
  • PERFECT SIZE: The plates are 22cm / 9 inches and 18cm / 7 inches in diameter, the cups are 250ml, the napkins are 17 x 17cm, the invitation cards are 14 x 11cm, the gift bags are 25 x 16cm, the table cover is 180 x 110cm, the foil football balloons are 45cm in diameter, the latex balloons can inflate up to 30cm.
  • WIDE OCCASIONS: Football party can be arranged all kinds of places, such as school and home, outdoors and indoors. Using theses party packs to decorate your kid's football theme birthday party, football sports festival, catering, picnic, outdoor events and so on.
  • NO RISK PURCHASE: Add to Cart now! Satisfaction guarantee and 100% high quality. If you are not satisfied with it, please contact us by Email to get a full refund or new one.

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