Robin Van Persie has been linked with a return to Premier League, with Chelsea reportedly interested in his services.
The Flying Dutchman has already played for Premier League giants Arsenal and Man Utd and his potential move to Chelsea will surely get him a mention in the history books.
Upon hearing the news, we took some time to sit down and draw up our list of top ten Dutch players to have played in Premier League.
10. Ruud Gullit (Chelsea)
He joined the Blues in the later part of his career, but he enjoyed his stay at Stamford Bridge. Gullit was eventually promoted to the post of the Blues’ manager. He helped the Blues win the 1996-96 FA Cup.
9. Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool)
He was an industrious footballer and was one of the fans’ favourite at Anfield because of the same reason. Kuyt scored 51 League goals for the Reds during his six-year stay there.
8. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Charlton Atheltic)
He was a prolific goalscorer and is remembered for his time with Chelsea. Hasselbaink scored 70 League goals for the Blues during his four-year stay at the club but failed to win any major honours.
He helped Middlesbrough reach the finals of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup.
7. Marc Overmars (Arsenal)
He only played for the Gunners for three years, but he was instrumental in the club’s League and Cup double success in 1997-98. Overmars moved to Barcelona in a deal worth £25 million in 2000 and was the most expensive Dutch player at the time.
6. Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
The tricky winger stayed at Chelsea for only three seasons, but his spell at the club coincided with the most successful time in club’s history. Robben won two League titles and one FA Cup during his time in Premier League. He is still terrorising the defenders in the Bundesliga with Bayern.
5. Robin Van Persie (Arsenal, Man Utd)
His time in Premier League was plagued with injuries. However, at his best, he was one of the deadliest strikers in the world football. His only major honours in England were the 2004-05 FA Cup with Arsenal and 2012-13 League title with Man Utd.
4. Jaap Stam (Man Utd)
He was a rock in Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence during his time with the club. Stam won three League titles and one Champions League title with the club. However, Sir Alex shipped him off to Lazio after he found allegations made about him and the club in the player’s autobiography objectionable.
Later, the Scotsman went on to admit that he made a mistake in selling the defender.
3. Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, Man Utd)
He spent four years with Fulham before moving to Man Utd in 2005. Van der Sar spent six years at United and was one of the best goalkeepers in world football during his time there. He won four League titles and one Champions League title with the Red Devils.
2. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd)
United signed him for £19 million from PSV in 2001, and he was worth every penny. Van Nistelrooy scored 95 league goals for United during his five-year spell at the club. He was voted PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 2002 and won the Premier League player of the season award for the 2002-03 season.
1. Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
His move coincided with the beginning of a new era for the Gunners. Bergkamp won three League titles and four FA Cups during his 11-year spell with the club. He has a statue outside Emirates Stadium and is a legend for Arsenal fans.
There is a story famous in football circles and it goes like this:
One night in 2005, some Dutch legends gathered for a dinner in Amsterdam.
During the dinner, the conversation inevitably turned to “who was the greatest Dutch player of all time?”
Instantly, the famous Dutch striker Jan Mulder came up with an answer
“Dennis Bergkamp,” Mulder announced, “He had the finest technique.”
The room went silent. Current Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink nodded his head in agreement, and the discussion was settled.
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