Forever young. Over the past few years Feyenoord have known they cannot compete financially with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. However, the Rotterdam club have avoided falling down into mediocrity thanks to a superb youth system. Players like Georginio Wijnaldum and Leroy Fer represent the perfect symbol of the club’s new philosophy; despite being just 20 the duo have already played more than 80 first team games. Both will continue to play a key role in coach Mario Been’s 4-3-3 system. Feyenoord’s squad is simply packed with youngsters who are all looking to make their mark. Holland’s Under-18 forward Luc Castaignos, Russian striker Fyodor Smolov, South African midfielder Kamohelo Moktjo, Danish defender Michael Lumb and goalkeeper Erwin Mulder will hope for breakthrough campaigns.
Key arrivals: Ruben Schaken (VVV-Venlo); Michael Lumb (Zenit St. Peterburg –loan); Fyodor Smolov (Dynamo Moscow – loan); Adil Auassar (VVV-Venlo)
Key departures: Denny Landzaat (released); Giovanni van Bronckhorst (retired); Roy Makaay (retired); Kevin Hofland (AEK Larnaca – loan)