PREMIER LEAGUE followers have grown accustomed to an influx of foreign players since the competition’s rebranding in 1992. The big money league has attracted hot football prospects from all corners of the globe. But perhaps we’re yet to see a country better represented than The Netherlands.
The Netherlands is low in height and high in quality football exports — roughly 50% of its landscape exceeds one metre above sea level. But in regards to successful footballers, they’re producing well above that rate.
Some of the most decorated Dutchmen have graced English football, with this list featuring no less than six UEFA Champions League winners as well as over a combined nine hundred caps for the Dutch national team.
These Dutchman have added the perfect balance of technical prowess, guile and grit to the Premier League’s lure of being the most exciting league in the world, especially during years when the Premier League was quite clearly inferior to Serie A and La Liga in terms of fluidity of play.
12. Dirk Kuyt
His name will stick out like a sore thumb in comparison to some of the world class players to feature on this list, but his sheer desire, determination and passion for the game makes him a worthy entry.
Known as a free-scoring striker when purchased by Liverpool from Feyernoord in 2006, Kuyt struggled to score with the same regularity for The Reds but his professionalism helped him adapt to a workhorse role at right midfield.
He still scored 71 goals in 289 appearances for Liverpool before leaving for Fenerbache and now Feyernoord, where he hopes to secure his first Eredivisie title at the age of 36.