Newcastle have recently signed talented Dutch international attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven for £14.7m – a big statement of intent from the Magpies’ board, as he now ranks as the third most expensive signing in the club’s history.
And although the cash has been flowing, it could well be a good idea for Newcastle to revisit the Eredivise for some more signings this summer, as the Dutch top division is blessed with an abundance of technically gifted players.
With that in mind, here are FIVE to be keeping an eye on.
Another attacking midfielder that could by plying his trade in the North East next season is PSV midfielder Adam Maher. He is another up and coming talent with his whole career ahead of him, already has five caps for the Oranje – very impressive for a 21-year-old – and has established himself as a key member at the heart of PSV’s midfield.
Maher broke through at his former club AZ Alkmaar at just 17. He can be described as an elegant football player, and, although very versatile, he is at his best in an attacking midfield role.
Maher is the ultimate playmaker and possesses every asset to excel in that role. His dribbling, pace, and technique are one of a kind and he could well be a very good signing indeed for the Magpies.
Another player the Tynesiders could do well to sign is PSV left-back Jetro Willems. It is a position that Newcastle need to strengthen in as they haven’t got a settled left back at the moment and Willems could well be the signing to fill the void.
Willems is an athletic modern day full-back, who loves to fly up and down the wing, has great pace and is a good attacking threat. He is just 21-years-old and has already got 15 caps for the Netherlands under his belt.
He would be a very good signing for Newcastle and his style of play would fit seamlessly with the Premier League.
Hakim Ziyech won’t be a well known name to English football fans, however that is not to say that the Oranje U21 international would not be a great addition to the Newcastle squad.
Ziyech is an attacking midfield and is one of the brightest young talents in the Eredivise at the moment. Ziyech first impressed for Heerenveen before earning a move to Dutch giants FC Twente, and he has since wowed crowds with his speed, technique and an eye for a pass – he creates many chances for team mates and himself.
The 22-year-old midfielder is ready for the step up to the Premier League and would add the sort of creativity to the Newcastle side that has not been seen since Yohan Cabaye left.
Another attacking midfielder that Magpies boss Steve McClaren should be looking at is Ajax’s Davy Klaassen. He is a fantastic talent and would add some real quality in the attacking third of the pitch.
Klaassen isn’t blessed with the speed of Ziyech but has modelled his game on Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp, and has some of the former Gunner’s traits – such as a superb silky touch and the ability and vision to pick a pass to unlock a defence.
Klaassen has superb technique and is just 22-years-old with his best football ahead of him. The question is: will it be at St James’ Park?
PSV striker Luuk De Jong is a name that will be very familiar with Newcastle fans, not only as his brother, Siem, is already at the club, but because he spent the second half of the 2013/14 season on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach. It was, however, an unsuccessful spell in the North East as he failed to score in his 12 games.
The prospects aren’t sounding great so far, but that was 18 months ago now – a long time in football. Since then De Jong has developed and grown as a player and he scored a whopping 20 league goals last season. At just 24-years-old, De Jong will only improve and certainly deserves another chance in the Premier League.