The nine best Dutch players to play in the Premier League
They’re easily the best nation to have never won the World Cup, but that hasn’t halted the production line of talented Dutch footballers showcasing their talents in the Premier League. From world class goalkeepers to the game’s best strikers, the Netherlands continue to populate England’s elite with an array of talent.
Here, we take a look back at the nine best Dutch players to play in the Premier League. But before we do, check out the Champions League 2019 winners odds on Betfair right here.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
After enjoying a fruitful two seasons with Leeds United from 1997-99, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink demonstrated his true quality when he scored 70 goals for Chelsea between 2000 and 2004. The powerful striker was renowned for his deadly right-foot and predatory finishes, making him one of the most feared strikers in the league. He later had spells at Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic.
Arguably the best Dutchman to grace the Premier League, Dennis Bergkamp was truly inspiring during Arsenal’s success in the late 90’s/early 00’s. The former Ajax striker was quite often unplayable, boasting an array of skills that can’t be replicated to this day. During his time in north London, he won three league titles and four FA Cups.
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Rafael van der Vaart
The silky playmaker only spent two years in the Premier League, but what an influence Rafael van der Vaart had during his stay. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was snapped up from Real Madrid in 2010 and wasted little time in reminding fans what he’s all about. Scorer of 24 league goals and assisting another 16, van der Vaart will always be remembered as a legend at White Hart Lane.
Virgil van Dijk
The only Dutch star from this list to be currently plying his trade in the Premier League, Virgil van Dijk has been an absolute colossus at the heart of the Southampton and Liverpool defences. Standing at 6’4”, not much gets past van Dijk but what makes him standout is his no-nonsense yet composed approach to the art of defending. When van Dijk retires, it’s more than likely he’ll be labelled as one of the best defenders football has ever seen.
Another burly centre-half to make the cut, Jaap Stam was a man mountain back in his Manchester United days. Strong in the tackle and an on-field lieutenant for Sir Alex Ferguson, Stam quickly became a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and was feared by strikers across the land. Despite his career at United coming to an abrupt end, Stam was part of the historic treble winning team from 1999.
Technically astute and one of the best wingers the Premier League has ever seen, Marc Overmars helped Arsenal re-affirm themselves as one of England’s best sides. Signed from Ajax in 1997, Overmars scored some memorable goals in his time at Highbury including the opening goal in the 1998 FA Cup Final and the winner in the league trip to Old Trafford which essentially won Arsenal the league.
Robin van Persie
If injury didn’t plague Robin van Persie’s Premier League career, there’s no telling as to how good he would have been. With that said, he was simply unplayable at times during his Arsenal days but none more so than the 2012/13 season as a Manchester United player. During Ferguson’s last season in the Old Trafford hot-seat, he helped himself to 26 Premier League goals on the way to the title, van Persie’s only league success in England.
Edwin van der Sar
The legendary goalkeeper was supposedly going to see his fine career whittle down at Manchester United, but Edwin van der Sar helped the club to seven major trophies. He is by far the best goalie United could rely upon since Peter Schmeichel and arguably the best the league has ever seen. Large, athletic and with an abundance of confidence, van der Sar was pivotal for United’s success in the late 00’s.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Scorer of 150 goals in just 219 games, Ruud van Nistelrooy is one of the most predatory strikers the Premier League has ever witnessed. Ferguson actually waited a whole year to sign the striker, after his initial move was halted because of an injury. The wait was well worth it, as van Nistelrooy blitzed defences on a regular basis and picked up three major trophies in his time at Old Trafford.