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The Best Dutch Players in Premier League History

Updated: May 7

The Best Dutch Players in Premier League History
The Best Dutch Players in Premier League History

Step into the realm of Premier League greatness, where Dutch legends have firmly etched their names into the history of English football's top flight.

Through moments of brilliance and unwavering determination, these icons helped shape the destinies of their respective clubs, engaging football fans worldwide and dropping jaws.

1. Dennis Bergkamp

At the pinnacle of our list stands Dennis Bergkamp, a forward whose elegance and finesse gripped the attention of fans for years. With 87 goals and 94 assists in 315 appearances, Bergkamp was a creative force for Arsenal, guiding them to three Premier League titles. His remarkable performances and enduring legacy solidify his status as a Premier League legend.

2. Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy's lethal goal-scoring prowess earns him a deserving spot in the top tier of Dutch talents. With an impressive 95 goals in just 150 league appearances for Manchester United, van Nistelrooy's Golden Boot and Player of the Season awards, coupled with a Premier League title, highlight his exceptional abilities in front of goal.

3. Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam's defensive mastery and leadership qualities make him a standout figure in Premier League history. With three league titles under his belt and an imposing presence at the back, Stam's contributions to Manchester United's success cannot be praised enough.

4. Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar, renowned for his reliability between the posts, cemented his status as one of the Premier League's greatest goalkeepers during his time with Fulham and Man United. However, it was at United where he truly soared. With an impressive tally of 132 clean sheets in 313 appearances and the distinction of clinching four Premier League titles, van der Sar's unwavering consistency and composure under pressure firmly establish him among the elite in his position.

5. Robin van Persie

Ranked at number 5, Robin van Persie's goal-scoring ability and exceptional technical skills secured his status as a dominant figure in the Premier League. Having netted 144 goals in 280 appearances and sealing two Golden Boot awards, van Persie's impact at Arsenal and Man Utd is deeply felt among fans, who have a strong affinity for skilled strikers.

6. Virgil van Dijk

The imposing figure of Virgil van Dijk has reshaped Liverpool's defensive line. During his tenure at Southampton and continuing with Liverpool, van Dijk has demonstrated his dominance, tallying 22 goals, 7 assists, and orchestrating 100 clean sheets in 252 league matches up to this point. His impact extends beyond conventional defensive duties, exemplified by his pivotal role in securing a Premier League title for Liverpool, sealing his status as a revered figure in the football world. And as Liverpool fans know, with Van Dijk, 'you'll never walk alone.'

7. Marc Overmars

Marc Overmars mesmerised fans with his electrifying pace and attacking flair throughout his tenure in the Premier League. His dynamic performances were instrumental in Arsenal's success, including securing a Premier League title. Overmars boasts an impressive record of 100 appearances, 25 goals, and 19 assists in the Premier League, solidifying his legacy as a true icon on the wing. In Addition, his accolades include winning the Premier League title with Arsenal in the 1997/98 season.

8. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's prolific goal-scoring record and clinical finishing make him a memorable figure in Premier League history. With 127 goals in 288 appearances and two Golden Boot awards, Hasselbaink's ability to find the back of the net remains unmatched. He ranks eighth in Chelsea's top goalscorers of all-time list.

9. Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben's dynamic dribbling and attacking talent left defenders in his wake during his time at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. In his 67 appearances, he scored 15 goals and provided 16 assists, playing a crucial role in Chelsea's title successes in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.

10. Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit's brief tenure in the Premier League as a player and manager at Chelsea left a lasting impression. He amassed 49 league appearances, scoring four goals and registering four assists, ultimately winning the FA Cup as player-manager. Gullit's leadership qualities and tactical nuance paved the way for future Dutch talents, establishing him as a pioneering figure in the league.

Bonus - Nigel de Jong

Nigel de Jong's tenacity and toughness in midfield bolstered Man City's lineup, playing a pivotal role in their historic triumph during the 2011-12 Premier League season under Roberto Mancini. Despite not receiving as much acclaim as some of his counterparts on this list, De Jong's influential presence was keenly felt on the pitch. His contributions were instrumental in Manchester City's success, as evidenced by their title victory in 2012, as well as their triumphs in the FA Cup in 2010-11 and the FA Community Shield in 2012.

From goal-scoring sensations to defensive stalwarts, these Dutch icons have shaped the league's narrative with their extraordinary performances, establishing a tradition that stands as something rare in the Premier League.

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