It’s long been thought that signing players from the Eredivisie represents something of a gamble for Premier League clubs but according to this report, Crystal Palace are eyeing up moves for Dutchmen Jerdy Schouten and Thomas Ouwejan.
The pair, both 22-years-old, play for Excelsior and AZ Alkmaar respectively; two clubs who, whilst established names in the Dutch top flight, haven’t exactly made waves on the European stage in recent times. That being said, it would be foolish for Palace and their supporters to write off the individuals on the basis of the club they play for and in truth, both have shown signs across the 2018-19 campaign of possessing real potential.
In Schouten, Palace would be getting a central midfielder who has no qualms with getting his hands dirty when the moment calls for it. Not someone who’s going to be relied upon for goals and assists, (he had three combined across 31 Eredivisie appearances last time) he’s more of a grafter in the middle of the park; potentially acting in rotation with James McArthur as a younger version of the Scotsman from August onwards.
Thomas Ouwejan is a left-back with an attacking mindset, somewhat similar in make-up to current Palace first-teamer and fellow Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt. With six assists and two goals to his name across 31 league appearances last season, it’s clear that the youngster likes to get forward when possible, even though it sometimes sees him take his eye off the ball defensively. Is he the sort of player who’d adapt well to the constant difficult assignments Premier League full-backs are given? It’s certainly not a given but depending on how Roy Hodgson is looking to set us up next season, it could be a move which works well.
You’d assume both men would be available for relatively modest fees in comparison to some players on the market but for now, this remains a mere rumour with little way of knowing whether or not Palace hold a concrete interest.