Eredivisie Team of the Season: Eriksen, Strootman & Bony make the cut

Goal runs through the best players in the Dutch top flight in 2012-13 and picks out the top 11 players over the course of the campaign
Ajax successfully defended their Eredivisie title this term as they finished ahead of traditional rivals PSV and Feyenoord. The league was exciting right until the very end, though, with Vitesse also getting involved in the title race, while Utrecht impressed as well with some superb displays throughout 2012-13.

There were many players who came close to getting into the side - including promising youngsters such as Tonny Vilhena and Viktor Fischer - but ultimately only 11 could be chosen to comprise our elite squad of 2012-13.


Kenneth Vermeer played a big role in Ajax winning their 32nd Eredivisie title as he put in a number of fine performances. The 27-year-old kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Dutch top flight and was even rewarded with a call-up to the Netherlands national side. The Amsterdam giants brought in Jasper Cillessen two years ago as there were doubts about Vermeer's abilities, but he has silenced his critics once and for all this season.

APP: 33 GOALS: 3
APP: 32 GOALS: 2
APP: 31 GOALS: 4
APP: 34 GOALS: 2

Right-back Daryl Janmaat was one of a number of players who joined Feyenoord on a free transfer last summer and the defender proved to be an instant hit in Rotterdam. He has missed just one game all season and was one of his side's star performers on more than one occasion.

It's been a difficult season for Groningen, but Virgil van Dijk has been one of the few bright lights at the Euroborg side. Despite his young age, the centre-back led by example throughout the 2012-13 campaign, thus earning himself the interest of a number of bigger sides.

Utrecht defender Mike van der Hoorn was virtually unknown prior to this season, but the centre-back has really risen to prominence in the past 12 months. The 20-year-old was unfortunate to score a comical own goal in the heavy loss against AZ, but his fans were quick to forgive him following his superb form this year.

At the start of the season, the majority of Ajax fans would have highlighted Daley Blind as the Amsterdam side's weakest link in defence, but the full-back has really proven his doubters wrong. The 23-year-old has become a key player at the ArenA and was deservedly rewarded with a new and improved deal.

APP: 33 GOALS: 8
APP: 33 GOALS: 10
APP: 32 GOALS: 5

Vitesse surprisingly managed to challenge for the Eredivisie title this season and young midfielder Marco van Ginkel was one of the Arnhem side's key performers. The Netherlands international not only scored eight goals, but also has eight assists to his name in what can be considered as his breakthrough season.

Denmark international Christian Eriksen is one of the most sought-after players in Europe and it's no surprise that the playmaker makes the cut after yet another fine season. He was directly involved in 23 goals to help Ajax to the league title and seems to be more than ready for a step up this summer.

It's been a rather disappointing season for PSV as they once more missed out on the title, but Kevin Strootman has every reason to be pleased with his individual performances. The left-footed midfielder was one of the few PSV players to consistently play at a high level this term and has developed into a key figure for the national side following his progress.

APP: 31 GOALS: 24
APP: 29 GOALS: 27 APP: 30 GOALS: 31

Alfred Finnbogason had big boots to fill at Heerenveen after replacing last year's Eredivisie top scorer Bas Dost - but the Iceland international did not disappoint at the Friezen. The striker netted an impressive 24 goals to guide his team away from the relegation zone and to a fine eighth-place finish in the Eredivisie.

Feyenoord's decision to bring in Graziano Pelle as the replacement for the immensely popular John Guidetti raised plenty of eyebrows in Rotterdam at the start of the season, but the Italian has done a superb job. The 27-year-old netted nearly twice as many goals this term as in his previous four seasons in the Eredivisie combined (27 to 14) and has become a real crowd favourite.

It's been quite a remarkable season for Wilfried Bony, who simply could not stop scoring for Vitesse. The Cote d'Ivoire international netted crucial goals against PSV, Ajax, and Feyenoord and was crowned the league's top scorer with 31 goals in 30 games, a stunning goal to game ratio of 1.03.