The Top 10 Best Dutch Soccer Players

Much like the German football team, after under-achieving for a few years on the international stage now, the Dutch football team underwent a large re-build and re-structuring to get back up to the level that the Dutch fans were used to seeing from their national side.

They have produced a vast array of talented players in this time, and the manager Ronald Koeman has now got his hands on a team that feels like they can really mount an impressive European Cmahpionship campaign next summer.

So, with all that in mind, below is a list of who I think are the 10 Best Dutch Soccer Players in the world right now:

Daley Blind

A little bit of a veteran when compared to some of the other players on this list but Daley Blind is a solid, calm and reliable defender who can play comfortably at either center-back or left-back.

I was slightly surprised when Manchester United decided to cash in on him a few years ago because even then, in the Premier League, I thought he was a solid defender to have in a back four. But since moving to Ajax, he’s really established himself as a leader in that talented young squad.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 18 goals: 1
Donny Van de Beek

Van de Beek training for Ajax. – Wikipedia Commons.

This whole list could probably be made up of just Ajax players.
Van de Beek is a player who has earned his place as one of Dutch football’s brightest talents.
Van de Beek came to prominence in last season’s Champions League competition and it was those consistently high performances that made some of Europe’s biggest clubs sit up and pay attention, with Real Madrid one of the sides reportedly very keen on the 22-year-old midfielder.

A player that came up through the ranks at the Ajax academy.
The attacking midfielder is very confident with the ball at his feet, and you can be sure that this season, Van de Beek will look to establish himself, not just a consistent first-team player for Ajax, but, as a key player for Ronald Koeman’s team at next summer’s European Championships.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 14  goals: 3
Donyell Malen

Malen is an interesting one. He’s a player with a slight chip on his shoulder. After being let go by Arsenal (too many of their fans’ surprise) back in 2017, he moved to PSV where he has thrived. 20 goals in 44 appearances for the Dutch outfit is a very good return for a 20-year-old forward.

Malen possesses incredible pace and tremendous dribbling ability, a nightmare for any defender he comes up against.

With international appearances being few and far between so far, Malen will be desperate to force his way into Koeman’s starting 11, either alongside, or instead of, Memphis Depay.
With those two as the main attacking options for the Netherlands, what an exciting position Koeman will find himself in, heading into next summer’s European finals.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances:18  goals: 16
Frenkie de Jong

This boy has got talent in absolute bucket loads. Just watching him play is a joy, so graceful on the ball, plays with confidence, swagger and he never seems flustered. He is already, at 22 years old,  dictating games at the international level and doing the same in a start-studded Barcelona side.

De Jong was arguably the best player in the Ajax team last season, and so far this season, he’s showing everyone that that wasn’t a fluke.
The maturity he’s showing at 22 years of age, in a Barcelona team that features the likes of Messi, Suarez, Rakitic and many more, shows that de Jong will definitely become a staple in the Barcelona team for years to come.

The way he turns away from opposing midfield players as if they weren’t even there is brilliant. He controls the tempo of matches much like the Barcelona legends that were Xavi and Iniesta.
De Jong is one of the most exciting midfielders in world football at the minute and I’m certain he will become a world-beater… if he isn’t one already.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances:13  goals: 1
Georginio Wijnaldum

The first Liverpool player for this list, but can you blame me? After the season that that team had last year and the campaign they’re having so far this season, Wijnaldum epitomizes what this current Liverpool side are all about under Klopp. His relentless energy, his willingness to make runs, and even the ability to score a fair amount of goals in the process is why he’s so valuable in that team.

There were a few doubts cast when he initially joined Liverpool from Newcastle (given the North-Easts’ side’s poor displays that particular season) and a lot of the Newcastle fans’ anger fell on him.
But under Klopp, it seems that Wijnaldum had always had the talent to make it at the highest level and establish himself as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Premier League.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances:15  goals: 1
Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay during a training session for the Dutch national football team. – Wikipedia Commons.

A completely different player to who we saw wear that Manchester United kit several years ago. Memphis Depay moved to Lyon after a torrid time in Manchester (scoring only 2 goals in 33 league appearances) and has really proved the doubters wrong, with his performances for the club and national sides respectively in the last year, year and a half.

So much so, there are now a considerable amount of United fans that would happily bring Depay back to Manchester to lead that front line.
8 goals in 12 appearances so far in all competitions this season is a strong return, but you should definitely expect many more goals from Lyon’s number 9 this season.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 12  Goals: 8
Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt playing for Ajax back in 2018. – Wikipedia Commons.

What a season de Ligt had last year. At 20 years old he captained a fantastic Ajax team to the Champions League semi-final, got a big-money move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe in Juventus, and has been selected for this year’s coveted Golden Boy award.

There’s only ever a handful of players who, at such a young age, show the levels of maturity, composure, leadership, and pure ability that de Ligt possesses.
Granted, he’s had a difficult start to his Juventus career but he’s still very young, and he’s only going to learn and build on from his mistakes and evolve into a truly class act.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 11 goals: 1
Nathan Ake

A pick not many people saw coming for this list I imagine. But Nathan Ake is a seriously underrated defender, let alone an underrated Dutch defender. With that, Ake has been a very solid and very consistent defender for Bournemouth in the last couple of years.

I expect Ake to breakthrough into the Dutch squad for next summer’s European Championship’s along with a big-money move to a top 6 team in England as well. He’s now in his prime years as a footballer and it shows, nurturing into, not just a quality defender, but a leader of men in an established Premier League side.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 6 goals: 1
Quincy Promes

An electric winger that can play on both flanks, Quincy Promes has shone in the most recent round of European qualifiers for the Netherlands. The Ajax forward was another player last season to shine during their Champions League run to the semi-final, and at 27 years old, he’s definitely in his prime.

An incredible outlet to have on the field for those counter-attacking moves. I’m positive we will be seeing a lot of Promes next summer, stretching the opposing defense and burning full-backs for fun!

6 goals in 11 appearances for a wide-man is very impressive, and if he continues and takes this form forward, I am sure he will be a constant thorn in opposition sides.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances: 13  goals: 8
Virgil Van Dijk

Virgil Van Dijk playing for the Dutch national football team. – Wikipedia Commons.

He transformed the Liverpool backline, arguably turning them into European Champions and he’s most people’s favorite to pick up this year’s Ballon D’or accolade.
There is no surprise that Virgil Van Dijk (VVD) makes it onto this list.
He’s probably the best Dutch player in the world right now and in my opinion, there’s no disputing that.

A leader, a colossus. VVD is an imposing, aggressive, incredibly calm and quick defender. Not many forwards have managed to get past him in the last year or so and for a center-back, that’s what you must do, not let anyone past you.

2019/20 season (All competitions):
appearances:15  goals: 1

As with my “Best German Soccer Players” list, I could’ve made a very strong case to put a number of other Dutch players in this top 10 list. The Netherlands as a footballing nation are looking really strong going into next summer’s European Championship’s.
I may even tip them to go as far as the final at Wembley. They have that strong a team, and there seems to be a real spirit, a togetherness that it’s hard to find in a national side. Especially with a group of players that don’t play with each other week in week out.
I think there lies the key strength for this side going forward.