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Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax) – Stekelenburg hasn't had much time to relax after the 2010 World Cup, but this hasn't affected his club form. The Netherlands international has been in superb form all season and is one of the main reasons why Ajax are still in the race to win the Eredivisie title. He has kept six clean sheets so far this league season and he could very well be on his way to a bigger club next summer if he manages to keep up this form.

Defence

Daan Bovenberg (Excelsior) – High profile names such as Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax) and Stanislav Manolev (PSV) have already been linked with big clubs from all over Europe, but neither of the two has been the best right back of the first half of the season. Relatively unknown Excelsior defender Daan Bovenberg has been the best right back of the 2010-11 campaign instead. The young full-back has been solid as a rock in his defensive duties and proven to be a major threat going forward, having scored five goals so far.

Andreas Granqvist (Groningen) – The Swedish centre-back has developed into a key player at Groningen since joining them from Helsingborgs in the summer of 2008. Granqvist has consistently been one of Groningen's star performers this term and has hardly been troubled at the back. The defender also proved to be important for Groningen going forward and has already netted eight goals. 

Jan Vertonghen (Ajax) – In a season where team-mates Van der Wiel, Alderweireld and Anita have been struggling to hit top form, Vertonghen has without a doubt been Ajax's best defender so far. The Belgium international has provided excellent cover for his team-mates whenever needed and has already made several crucial tackles and interceptions. Vertonghen's outstanding passing skills from the back really add something to Ajax's build-up play.

Fredrik Stenman (Groningen) - Groningen have been the surprise package of this term so far and Stenman has played a big role in his side's success in the opening months of the season. The former Bayer Leverkusen player has proven to be one of the most reliable full-backs around in the Eredivisie and his runs forward have given several opponents a tough match. Stenman has linked up really well with Tadic throughout the season and he has every reason to be pleased with his performances so far.

Defensive Midfield

Ibrahim Afellay (PSV) – There's little doubt that Afellay is one of the best midfielders around in the Eredivisie and the versatile playmaker has been in impressive form this season. Pretty much every PSV attack starts with Afellay and the 24-year-old has already netted six goals, despite playing in a holding midfield position. The Netherlands international set up three more goals and he will certainly be missed after the winter break.  

Theo Janssen (Twente) – Twente have been struggling to reproduce the form that helped them to the Eredivisie title last season, but this hasn't stopped Janssen from putting in some excellent performances. The left footed midfielder scored five goals in the past two seasons, but has already netted six goals in the first half of this term. Janssen is continually being linked with a move to the Bundesliga, but Twente would act wisely to hold on to their star player for at least six more months. 

Attacking Midfield

Wesley Verhoek (ADO Den Haag) – ADO Den Haag have been in remarkably good form this season and much of their success is down to the performances of their attack. Dmitri Bulykin and Frantisek Kubik have both impressed, but right winger Verhoek is his side's real star player. The 24-year-old has been unstoppable on occasions and was involved in 11 of his side's 31 goals so far.  

Ola Toivonen (PSV) – The versatile attacker was supposedly close to joining Liverpool last summer, but the Premier League side eventually opted not to sign Toivonen. The collapsed transfer hasn't affected the attacker's form though, as he has already netted 11 goals in the first half of the season. His intelligent runs off the ball have caused several opponents a torrid time and his aerial power is a huge weapon from set pieces.

Balazs Dzsudzsak (PSV) - Dzsudzsak has been the absolute star of the Eredivisie in the first half of the season and it appears to be just a matter of time before the Hungary international moves on. The highly rated winger has not only scored nine goals in the opening half of the 2010-11 campaign, but also set up 11 more goals. His pinpoint crosses from the left and his powerful long range strikes are the nightmare of many goalies in the Eredivisie.

Attack

Bjorn Vleminckx (NEC) – It might be something of a surprise to see Vleminckx pip stars such as Luis Suarez, Mounir el Hamdaoui and Jonathan Reis to the striker position in the Team of the Season so far, but the Belgian attacker thoroughly deserves his spot. The former Mechelen star has already scored 13 goals in 18 appearances and NEC would be battling against relegation if it weren't for Vleminckx's goals. The striker has supposedly attracted the interest of Club Brugge with his good performances, but he's unlikely to leave his current club just yet.


Stekelenburg

   Bovenberg – Granqvist – Vertonghen - Stenman

Afellay – T. Janssen

Verhoek - Toivonen – Dzsudzsak

Vleminckx

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