Van Dijk has been speakme to the BBC Premier League Show, which returns on Thursday at 19:00 GMT on BBC Two, and it got us considering Dutch legends. We have picked who we suppose are the 12 best Netherlands stars to play within the Premier League. Read about them, and then vote for which one you think is great at the bottom of this page.
Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
Tremendously talented ahead, Bergkamp became named Arsenal’s 2d best player in 2017, simply at the back of strike accomplice Thierry Henry.
In eleven years at Arsenal, Bergkamp won two Premier League and FA Cup Doubles in addition to a 3rd league name within the ‘Invincibles’ season and any other two FA Cups. He scored 107 dreams in four hundred appearances. His goal in opposition to Newcastle in 2002, wherein he grew to become Nikos Dabizas. He slotted the ball past goalkeeper Shay Given, changed into voted the best goal in Premier League history using BBC readers in 2017.
Ruud Gullit (Chelsea)
Technical genius Gullit, who could play nearly anywhere on the pitch, commenced his time at Chelsea in 1995 as a sweeper earlier than getting into midfield. He scored five desires in 50 appearances. He became player-manager at Stamford Bridge for more than 18 months, leading the Blues to the 1997 FA Cup – their first important trophy in 26 years.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Charlton)
One of the Premier League’s excellent finishers, Hasselbaink spent almost a decade in British football – one season at Atletico Madrid apart. He shared the 1998-ninety nine Premier League Golden Boot at Leeds earlier than prevailing it outright in at Chelsea 2001-02. Despite scoring 127 Premier League goals – he is thirteenth on the all-time list – he by no means received a first-rate trophy in Britain, dropping FA Cup finals with Chelsea and Cardiff and the 2006 Uefa Cup final with Middlesbrough.
Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool)
A cult hero at Anfield, Kuyt became signed as a striker but turned into became a tough-running proper winger by Rafael Benitez. He controlled seventy-one desires in 285 games for Liverpool, including in their 2006-07 Champions League final defeat via AC Milan, 2011-12 League Cup last victory over Cardiff, and a famous Premier League hat-trick towards Manchester United.
Marc Overmars (Arsenal)
Still, one of the exceptional wingers the Premier League has seen, rapid Overmars helped Arsenal win the league and FA Cup Double in 1997-98 in his first season, consisting of an intention in the cup very last towards Newcastle. He scored forty-one desires in 142 appearances earlier than leaving for Barcelona for £25m.
Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
Robben stays one of the top, extensive players in Premier League history regardless of three injury-hit seasons at Chelsea. In his first campaign, he helped the Blues to a first league identity for fifty years underneath Jose Mourinho, as part of a devastating front three and Damien Duff and Didier Drogba. He additionally received a second league title a season later, the FA Cup in his final 12 months and two League Cups, earlier than moving to Real Madrid. He scored 19 goals in 106 games for the Blues.
Jaap Stam (Man Utd)
An excellent center-again, Stam turned into additionally quick with right capacity on the ball. He won the Premier League in each of his three seasons with Manchester United, together with the 1998-ninety nine leagues, FA Cup, and Champions League Treble. After 127 appearances – and one purpose – he changed into bought to Lazio following a falling-out with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, a circulate the Scot later described as a mistake.
Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, Man Utd)
After four excellent seasons at Fulham, Van der Sar joined Manchester United inside the summertime of 2005 and finally helped them fill the void left using the legendary Peter Schmeichel. Van der Sar gained 4 Premier League titles in six seasons with United and became a man of the match in the 2008 Champions League last as they beat Chelsea on penalties. His final sport before retiring changed into the 2011 Champions League final, which United misplaced to Barcelona.
Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham)
Playmaker Van der Vaart joined Spurs from Real Madrid in 2010, making a “break up-second” choice approximately the pass following past due bid earlier than the switch deadline. He enjoyed some extraordinary performances and desires at Spurs, netting 28 instances in 77 games, including 4 in as many North London derbies towards Arsenal. After most effective two seasons, he left for Hamburg while Gylfi Sigurdsson took his area within the team, a transfer Van der Vaart later stated turned into a mistake.
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton, Liverpool)
Van Dijk is currently seeking to lead Liverpool to their first Premier League name. A proficient footballer in addition to a frontrunner on the back, he has helped supply the Reds a strong spine due to the fact joining from Southampton in what remains a world record £75m charge for a defender. The former Celtic player has scored 11 desires in 136 appearances for the Saints and Reds.
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd)
Devastatingly prolific, Van Nistelrooy controlled 150 dreams in 219 appearances across five seasons at Manchester United. He received one Premier League identify, one FA Cup, and a League Cup at some point in England. He additionally won the 2002-03 Golden Boot with 25 desires. Van Nistelrooy left United for Real Madrid in 2006.
Robin van Persie (Arsenal, Man Utd)
Despite spending eleven seasons within the Premier League, Van Persie managed the handiest Premier League title with Manchester United and a FA Cup with Arsenal. Van Persie scored 132 desires for Arsenal in eight seasons, completing off with a Golden Boot earlier than a controversial pass to United. He retained his Golden Boot in his first season at United as they received the league identify in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in the fee. His desires at Old Trafford took his Premier League total to a hundred and forty-four, making him the highest-scoring Dutchman within the opposition.