Last season was when Utrecht really rediscovered their ambition. After years of dull football and equally dull results, the Domestad club decided to gamble on a host of rising stars, like midfielder Nana Asare, number 10 Dries Mertens, defender Jan Wuytens and forwards Jacob Mulenga and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Playing European football once again was Utrecht’s main aim and it was mission accomplished as they finished seventh and won the Europa League playoffs. All of the newcomers have become regulars and much will again be expected of them this season. For this reason the club have added just three new youngsters, all bought from Australian club Brisbane Roar. Utrecht’s board believe their team is once again good enough to go for a spot in Europe. They are probably right, especially if they can hold onto goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Key arrivals: Tommy Oar (Brisbane Roar); Michael Zullo (Brisbane Roar); Adam Sarota (Brisbane Roar)
Key departures: Gregoor van Dijk (AEK Larnaca); Kevin Vandenbergh (released); Hans Somers (released); Gregory Schaken (released); Leroy George (NEC)