Eredivisie Team Of The Week: Round 3

Goal.com's Stefan Coerts weighs up the best performers of round 3 of the Dutch Eredivisie...
Formation: 4-2-3-1

Martin Lejsal (Heerenveen): The Czech shot stopper played only his second game for Heerenveen, but played a major role in his side’s first win of the season with a number of superb saves. Denying Santi Kolk at the hour mark with a superb reflex was just the icing on the cake for Lejsal.

Stanislav Manolev (PSV): Manolev caused Ajax all kinds of trouble with his runs down the right wing and the defender will be more than happy with his assist for Ottman Bakkal’s winning goal. He was solid in his defensive duties as well.

Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord): The highly-rated defender is once again part of the team of the week after yet another impressive performance. Vlaar escaped a red card when he fouled Willy Overtoom, but didn't set a foot wrong against Heracles apart from that one reckless tackle.

Niklas Moisander (AZ): Moisander had trouble finding his best form in the first two matches of the season, but was AZ’s best defender in the 6-0 mauling of RKC. He showed some strong marking and was always calm on the ball. Made a number of intelligent passes to build up play.

Robbert Schilder (NAC): The left-back was never troubled in his defensive duties by his direct opponent and proved to be a major threat when going forward. Schilder capped his superb performance with the assists for both NAC goals to help his side to the victory against Groningen.

Ottman Bakkal (PSV): Bakkal was part of the PSV starting XI due to the injury of Orlando Engelaar, but head coach Fred Rutten won’t just axe him from the squad after Sunday’s performance against Ajax. He scored twice to help PSV defeat Ajax and totally outplayed Eyong Enoh in midfield. Bakkal finally lived up to his promise and could be on his way to becoming an important first team player at the Eindhoven side.

Ibrahim Afellay (PSV): The highly rated midfielder showed his class with a fine display against Ajax. Afellay posed Ajax midfielder Jan Vertonghen a huge problem with his intelligent movement and silky dribbles and always looked lively. He was one of the main reasons why PSV won the battle in midfield and thus the game.

Dries Mertens (Utrecht): The young Belgian put in a man of the match performance against VVV. Mertens bagged a brace against the Venlo side and posed his opponents all kinds of trouble throughout the match. Impressive stuff from the youngster, especially since it’s only his first season at a top level having joined Utrecht from Eerstedivisie side AGOVV this summer.

Keisuke Honda (VVV): Honda finds himself back in the team of the week for the third week in a row. The Japanese playmaker once again single handedly helped his team to a draw by setting up Sandro Calabro for the opener and scoring the equalizer with an amazing long range strike. The Japanese star has already ruled out a move to Liverpool, but PSV and Ajax will be keen to lure him away from VVV.

Balazs Dzsudzsak (PSV): The tricky winger was crucial in his side’s 4-3 victory against Ajax. Dzsudzsak scored twice and set up Ottman Bakkal for another. Additionally, the Ajax defence were never able to keep the Hungarian international at bay as he never stopped sending in dangerous crosses. He almost grabbed a hattrick, but the Ajax goalie pulled off a superb save to deny him.

Luis Suarez (Ajax): Suarez was unlucky to be at the losing side of the rather spectacular clash between PSV and Ajax. The Uruguayan scored twice and set up the other Ajax strike. He’s the Eredivisie leading scorer with five goals in three matches and this won’t go unnoticed at the big European clubs. Ajax will be desperate to hold onto him for one more season though.


                             Lejsal

Manolev     Vlaar      Moisander     Schilder

                   Bakkal      Afellay

     Mertens          Honda          Dzsudzsak

                            Suarez


Honourable mentions:

Mounir el Hamdaoui, Maarten Martens, Moussa Dembele (AZ), Hernan Losada (Heerenveen), Blaise N’Kufo, Douglas (Twente), Edwin de Graaf (NAC), Rydell Poepon (Sparta), Mads Junker (Roda), Rob van Dijk (Feyenoord)

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Stefan Coerts, Goal.com