Attacking and beautiful football made VVV one of the most entertaining teams to watch in last season’s Eredivisie. Having won the Eerste Divisie the season before, coach Jan van Dijk continued his attacking mentality in the top flight, not afraid to take on even the big boys. Van Dijk regularly played an attacking midfielder – first Japan star Keisuke Honda and then Gonzalo Garcia – behind three strikers. Despite several important departures, chairman Hai Berden has declared that VVV are ready to surprise the Eredivisie once again. VVV’s new bets for stardom, following in Honda’s footsteps, are Nigerian striker Michael Uchebo, Japanese defender Maya Yoshida and forward Ruud Boymans. Their performances will be key to VVV’s fate.
Key arrivals: Ahmed Musa (Kano Pillars); Brian Linssen (MVV); Josue (FC Porto – loan); Jorge Chula (FC Porto – loan); Balasz Toth (Genk – loan)
Key departures: Ruben Schaken (Feyenoord); Sandro Calabro (St. Gallen); Adil Auassar (Feyenoord); Kevin van Dessel (APOP Kinyras)