One player constantly linked with a move to England is Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman. His meteoric rise in the last two years has seen him go from playing in the second tier of Dutch football with Sparta Rotterdam to captaining the Holland national team.
However, it's his technical attributes that has made him one of the most coveted in Europe by the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan. Starting out as a trequartista in his youth days, Strootman today can be classified as a bona fide midfield all-rounder.
A graduate of Sparta's esteemed academy, Strootman is a robust box-to-box midfielder: a threat in the opposition half and a presence in his own: breaking up attacks as well as starting and now this season finishing them.
His impeccable passing, long or short, is probably along with his vision his strongest asset. However the engine he possesses enables him to cover ground like an old-fashioned box-to-box midfielder, a trait valued by national team manager Louis van Gaal, useful in the pressing game he wants Oranje to rediscover as well their positional game.
This season he's blossomed displaying his unquestionable talent on a consistent basis. His leadership quality has come to the fore; Van Gaal named his Oranje's third captain, with a view to the future. If he remains at PSV, which he's expected to, new manager Phillip Cocu with whom he shares many similarities could name him club captain with Mark van Bommel announcing his retirement.
One reason for him remaining in Eindhoven is the World Cup. A move abroad would mean assimilation and that could be a long process, with the Dutch blessed in midfield, if he fails to play regularly then he could lose out.
Also, Strootman feels a debt of gratitude to PSV, this past season they've failed in all bar one objective. Their only success is securing Champions League qualification, playing in Europe's premier club competition with the club is something he's long talked about doing. Next season promises to be his most pivotal to date.