New players and new staff for a new Willem II; That’s the motto of the Tilburg club’s board after the disappointments of last season – a 17th place finish, the worst in the history of this club that carries the name of a Dutch king. De Tricolores avoided relegation only after beating Go Ahead Eagles in a relegation playoff and they will be keen to avoid a repeat. In the last ten years Willem II have gradually slid down the table from being a solid mid-table outfit to relegation battlers. Despite a poor financial situation meaning the club cannot splash out, some handy free transfers have brought some hope. Over eight players have arrived and veteran striker Frank Demouge said: "It’s like playing at a new club." This small revolution may well be enough to keep one of the oldest clubs in Dutch football safe and well in the Eredivisie.
Key arrivals: Juha Hakola (Heracles); Veli Lamp (FC Zurich); Evgeniy Levchenko (Saturn); Rowin van Saanen (Volendam); Pawel Wojciechowski (Heerenvee); Niek Vossebelt (Zwolle); Andreas Lasnik (Alemannia Aachen); Giovanni Gravenbeek (Vitesse); Harmen Kuperus (free)
Key departures: Jens Janse (NAC Breda); Mehmet Akgun (Genclerbirligi); Boy Deul (Bayern Munich II); Maikel Aerts (Hertha Berling); Christophe Gregoire (released); Said Boutahar (released); Ronnie Reniers (Den Bosch); Sergio Zijler (released)