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Belgian armada in the Netherlands: You better keep an eye on these seven compatriots in the Eredivisie

Belgian armada in the Netherlands: You better keep an eye on these seven compatriots in the Eredivisie

You can read today in an extensive interview in our newspaper and on our website that you should keep a close eye on Dutch Belgian Johan Bakayoko this year. But you also better keep an eye on these seven compatriots at the start of the Eredivisie.

Yanko Beeckman

Zinho Vanheusden (23, AZ, defender)

Is rented – with purchase option – from Inter. Last season during his loan spell to Genoa, Vanheusden played too little due to injuries. At AZ he wants to put himself in the spotlight again with Roberto Martinez.

Yorbe Vertessen (21, PSV, attacker)

He was already regularly given his chance last season and now wants to continue fully at PSV. Pocket attacker who relies on his strength and speed. Easily finds the way to goal, thanks to Luc Nilis’ finishing tips.

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Ismael Saibari (21, PSV, midfielder)

Midfielder with a Moroccan, Spanish and Belgian passport. Played in the youth of Beerschot, Anderlecht and KRC Genk. Impressed with the promises of PSV last season under Ruud van Nistelrooy, who took him to the A-team. Did well in preparation.

Othmane Boussaid (22, FC Utrecht, attacker)

Polyvalent midfielder cum attacker who was trained in the Belgian Jean-Marc Guillou academy. Fixed value in the core of Jacky Mathijssen in the Belgian reserves.


Francesco Antonucci (23, Volendam, midfielder)

Italo-Belgian who already played for Anderlecht, Ajax, Monaco and Feyenoord. The Rotterdammers have been renting him out to Volendam since the winter of last season, which was promoted to the Eredivisie. May now try to force his big breakthrough.

Cyril Ngonge (22, Groningen, attacker)

Youth product of Club Brugge that ended up at RKC in Groningen after a stopover. Scored eight times last season, but lost his starting spot in the return round. Son of ex-pro football player Felix Ngonge.

Zakaria Bakkali (26, RKC, attacker)

Top talent from the past whose last professional match – at Beerschot – dates from April 18… 2021. Now that his contract with Anderlecht has ended, he wants to relaunch his career at RKC. With six compatriots – Shawn Adewoye (22), Dario Van den Buijs (26), Lennerd Daneels (24), Thierry Lutonda (21) and Siebe Augustijns (22) are the others – RKC is the most Belgian club in the Eredivsie.

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