Dutch pundit warns Manchester United against buying players from the Eredivisie

Manchester United’s transfer policy has revolved around players familiar to manager Erik ten Hag this summer.

Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez were bought from the Eredivisie, while Christian Eriksen previously trained with him at Ajax.

United would have had more signings from Dutch football if possible. Jurrien Timber, Antony, and Cody Gakpo are just some of the additional names linked.

This policy has come into question before. For each and every Ruud van Nistelrooy signed from Dutch football, there is an Afonso Alves.

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Pundit warns against buying players from the Eredivisie

Dutch pundit and former Ajax winger Kenneth Perez says that signing players from the Eredivisie is a risky move, and says if he was in charge of an overseas club, he wouldn’t do it.

Perez told Voetbal International: “They are good quality players. But how far does it go? Does it extend beyond the Eredivisie?’.

“We saw at Bergwijn that it wasn’t enough for the Premier League. Antony has not yet had a chance in the Premier League, but it is striking how many players are sidetracked abroad.

“Last season Bergwijn was four times in the starting lineup at Tottenham Hotspur and that is not even a top club in England. We have our own separate league. What Erik ten Hag is doing, with many Dutch players, is very dangerous game. 

“As a top club abroad, I would never remove a player from the Eredivisie.’ Perez pointed out that only Frenkie de Jong has done ‘reasonably to well’ abroad after Ajax’s successful Champions League season in 2018/19. Not all the rest. Ziyech would be the greatest player in the world. He’s on the couch.”

It is fair to say Lisandro Martinez’s Manchester United career has not got off to a flier, but there’s plenty of time for him to turn it around. And of course, no guarantee that he will.

United have been burned buying from the Eredivisie before, previously paying big to sign Memphis Depay in 2015 under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. It didn’t work out.

More signings are likely between now and the end of the transfer window, and United should expand their search and cast our the net.

One player most recently linked is Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas, with Spanish outlet Cope reporting negotiations have been opened between the two clubs.

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