Newcastle midfielder picks up top award from Clarence Seedorf
Monday night saw the 34th Footballer of the Year gala night in Holland, with Georginio Wijnaldum picking up the award for best player in the Eredivisie last season.
The now Newcastle midfielder Captained PSV to a stunning title win, finishing fully 17 points ahead of second placed Ajax.
Wijnaldum spent four seasons with PSV and follows in the footsteps of Mark van Bommel, who was the last PSV player to win the award in 2005.
In 2014 the top player in Holland was awarded to Daley Blind, who then joined Manchester United.
At last night’s ceremony, Blind’s new teammate Memphis Depay picked up two awards, one for top scorer in the Dutch League last season and the other being ‘Dutch football talent of the year’.
After the awards ceremony, the two players rejoined the rest of the Netherlands national squad, including Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita, as they prepare for Euros qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.
Wijnaldum has made a bright start since moving to Newcastle from PSV for around £14m, only Michael Owen and Alan Shearer having commanded a bigger transfer fee for the club.
Scoring a superb header against Southampton on his first competitive appearance for United, Wijnaldum and his teammates have found it tougher going in the following three Premier League games.
A tough four game start to the season has been made even tougher with two red cards in the last three games.
However, Wijnaldum has shown a great work ethic, helping United to a point at Old Trafford, plus playing his part in a 10 man performance for 74 minutes against Arsenal – the Gunners only winning via a deflected own goal from Fabricio Coloccini.
With even Arsenal fans admitting their team was fortunate to make the breakthrough after some great defending.
— PSV (@PSV) August 31, 2015
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