Goal runs through the best players in the Dutch top flight in 2013-14, including Vitesse's Chelsea loanee, Patrick van Aanholt, and Icelandic star Alfred Finnbogason
Feyenoord overcame a disappointing start to the season to finish runners-up, PSV produced a fine second half of the season to seal fourth spot and Vitesse languished after Christmas. Twente, meanwhile, came in third after a solid yet unspectacular year.
And so, as 2013-14 draws to a close, Goal picks the best XI in Holland's top tier, with the likes of Davey Klaassen and Graziano Pelle coming close but missing out in a testament to the division's strength.
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Ajax started the 2013-14 campaign with Kenneth Vermeer as their No.1 but they only really got going when Jasper Cillessen got the nod between the sticks. The former NEC shot-stopper played a major role in the Amsterdam side's fourth consecutive Eredivisie title and is likely to make it to the World Cup with Netherlands, too.
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Daryl Janmaat has developed into arguably the best right-back in Netherlands over the past few years and he was a key player for Feyenoord as they finished second in the table, with his stunning goal in the win over PSV the highlight of his season.
Stefan de Vrij, meanwhile, received his fair share of criticism in the opening months of the season but showed his mental strength in the remainder of the season as he bounced back with a string of flawless displays. The centre-back was not only vital in defence but contributed plenty in possession, too.
Joining the young Dutchman at centre-back is Rasmus Bengtsson of Twente. The Swede put in a series of solid showings at the back and proved to be quite the aerial threat in the opposition box as well, chipping in with a few goals.
The final member of the back four is Patrick van Aanholt, who showed why exactly he is so highly rated with a stellar campaign at Vitesse. The Chelsea loanee has made significant progress defensively and was always willing to charge forward as well.
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A player who impressed in a new position is Daley Blind, who was moved into a midfield role by De Boer early on this season and immediately became his side's undisputed leader, even earning himself the Player of the Season award.
Alongside the Ajax star is Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie, who underlined his status as one of the Eredivisie's top midfielders with his superb vision and accurate passing.
On the right wing, Dusan Tadic enjoyed arguably the best season of his career as he netted 16 goals and created 14 more to guide Twente to Europa League qualification.
In the middle of the attacking midfield trident is Hakim Ziyech, who was one of the revelations of the season with his breathtaking performances for Heerenveen. The youngster netted several stunning goals and his creativity on the ball made him a joy to watch.
On the left, PSV winger Memphis Depay gets the nod after his breakthrough year. The Eindhoven side struggled throughout the season, but the Netherlands international was one of the few players to shine time and time again.
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Up front, there are several worthy candidates, such as Graziano Pelle, Aron Johannsson and even young Richairo Zivkovic, with the Feyenoord striker in particular making the headlines more than once with his brilliance.
But the striker who deserves the No.9 shirt most is undoubtedly Heerenveen star Alfred Finnbogason. The Iceland international impressed last season and only went on to do even better this term. He was crowned Eredivisie top scorer with 29 goals and seems destined to move to a bigger league this summer.