Last season PSV were firmly in the title race until March and then their performance quickly dropped. Coach Fred Rutten did a good job, giving the team a breath of fresh air and energy. Under Rutten players like Balazs Dzsudzsak, Carlos Salcido and Ibrahim Afellay all began to show their true quality and quickly became targets for Europe’s bigger clubs. While they remain at the Philips Stadion for now, the chances are that soon they will be taken away from PSV’s clutches. The Dutch giants are set though, on winning the title, with or without their stars. New faces have been brought in and they, along with established performers like Ola Toivonen, Danny Koevermans, Otman Bakkal and Orlando Engelaar should make for a formidable team. Perhaps Rutten’s biggest challenge will be finding the right combination for his starting eleven. If he succeeds, PSV will be big favourites to win the Eredivisie.
Key arrivals: Marcelo (Wisla Krakow); Jeremain Lens (AZ Alkmaar); Atiba Hutchinson (FC Copenhagen); Marcus Berg (Hamburg – loan)
Key departures: Timmy Simons (Nurnberg); Andy van der Meyde (released); Andre Ooijer (AEK Larnaca); Dirk Marcellis (AZ Alkmaar)