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Clockwork Orange: The Dutch masters who have graced English football
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1126239/Clockwork-Orange-The-Dutch-masters-graced-English-football.html

Manchester City's 15million signing Nigel de Jong is the latest in a long list of Dutchman to cross the North Sea and ply their trade in England, joining fellow heavyweights John Bosvelt, Winston Bogarde and Ken Monkou.

The Oranje have brought much to the English game, from their arrogant, often aloof demeanour, to some truly magical technique and spatial awareness.

Sportsmail examines the top ten Dutchmen to have graced the English game.

10: Johnny Metgod (Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur)

What Metgod lacked in hair, he made up with flair. Capped 21 times by his country, the graceful midfielder brought class and guile to Nottingham Forest and latterly Tottenham, not to mention his renowned dead ball expertise.


Forest boys: The late, great Brian Clough (second left) unveils (l-r) Gary Megson, Franz Carr and Metgod at the City Ground


9: Arjen Robben (Chelsea)

Jose Mourinho knew what he doing when he pounced for half of PSV's 'Batman and Robben' duo in 2004. The former, Mateja Kezman, would follow later (the less said the better), but Robben dazzled defences and spectators alike with raw pace, trickery, an eye for goal and a surprisingly selfless nature.



8: Marc Overmars (Arsenal)

Seldom one to gamble, Arsene Wenger took a punt on the injury-prone Overmars, seeing the potential of his trademark lightning bursts. Signed for ??5.5million two years after European Cup glory with Louis van Gaal's masterful Ajax, many thought the winger's knees would struggle to cope with the hurly burly of the English game. How wrong they were.



7: Jaap Stam (Manchester United)

Stam's no-nonsense approach to defending earned him respect, but few plaudits in his homeland. A transfer to England seemed inevitable, and duly occurred when Sir Alex Ferguson pounced for the man mountain. Alongside Peter Schmeichel, Stam was the rock upon United's 1999 Treble was built.



6: Frans Thijssen (Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town)

The architect supreme of Ipswich's 1981 UEFA Cup triumph, Thijssen arrived at Portman Road in 1979 from Twente Enschede, mere months after Muhren made the same move. Bobby Robson built his cultured Ipswich side around the Dutch duo, with Thijssen becoming the first overseas player to be named Footballer of the Year in 1981.



5: Arnold Muhren (Ipswich Town, Manchester United)

After UEFA Cup joy, Muhren lifted the FA Cup two years later at Manchester United. It was at Old Trafford where the languid Dutchman became the club's first foreign star, long before Eric Cantona's collars graced the Theatre of Dreams. Elegant and seemingly with time to burn thanks to an impeccable reading of the game, Muhren is fondly remembered for his years in England.

4: Ruud Gullit (Chelsea)

Although past his rampaging prime that saw Gullit win the European Championship with the Netherlands, three Serie A titles and a European Cup with AC Milan, Chelsea snared an absolute diamond in 1995. Used mainly as a sweeper, Gullit's profile laid the foundations for other high-profile foreigners to come to Stamford Bridge, not to mention the 'sexy football' seen under Gianluca Vialli.



3:Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)

Another Dutchman who put long-standing injury fears aside in England, the poacher supreme was truly a fearsome opponent, spearheading United's potent attack. Seemingly, he could score any goal from anywhere, and Premier League defences breathed a huge sigh of relief when van Nistelrooy joined real Madrid.



2: Edwin van der Sar (Fulham, Manchester United)

After the aberrations of Massimo Taibi and Fabian Barthez, Sir Alex Ferguson finally solved the conundrum of replacing Peter Schmeichel with the purchase of the lithe Van der Sar. Matching Barthez for shot-stopping ability, the 38-year-old has never been prone to the same rushes of blood to the head, and his reassuring presence has gone a long way to United equalling Chelsea's record of ten consecutive Premier League clean sheets. Fine distribution too. And of course a certain penalty save in Moscow ..



1: Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)

A master. Sublime with the ball and always thinking without it. Despite his non-flying tag, Bergkamp inspired Arsenal for a decade, helping both Ian Wright and Thierry Henry to smash Cliff Bastin's goal scoring record. Arguably Bruce Rioch's best ever signing.


The Ice Man cometh: The sublime Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 424 appearances for Arsenal




Do you agree with this list?

I know mine would look slightly different, but can't really arue with Denis Bergkamp at number 1.

I'd have RVN at number 2 and Staam at 3rd place though.
 

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VaVaVoom said:
Ruud
Bergkamp
Stam

I rate Robin Van Persie, and can't see why he isn't in there if Robben is.
I don't think he at the same level right now as some of Players in the List. Don't get me wrong though, when injury free, Van Persie is a very clinical finisher.

Ruuuudddd
Bergkamp
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Bergkamp really was a superb player. His touch was sublime and I'll never forget the goal he scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. I think he deserves to be at number 1.

I'm surprised Ruud is not at number 2 though. His goal scoring record was phenomenal.

The only other Dutch player, apart from RVP, who comes to mind is Edgar Davids. He was in the twilight of his career when he joined Spurs but he was still a terrific footballer.
 

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hafiz_shukri00391 said:
I love Ruud...but I think in this case...Bergkamp are the one....His touches...wow !!!
For me Ruud are in the second spot...
Yeah....for me two. For all of ruud's finishing he didn't have the briiliant touch an creativity of bergkamp.

bergkamp just edges it for me, but Ruud should definitely be in second place on that list. A great, great player.
 

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Yeah....for me two. For all of ruud's finishing he didn't have the briiliant touch an creativity of bergkamp.

bergkamp just edges it for me, but Ruud should definitely be in second place on that list. A great, great player.
Ruud didn't have creativity?

Watch the Euros by any chance?

How many times have we seen him 360 somebody?
As far as his touch is concerned; it usually put the ball in the back of the net, so I have no gripes with it. Not to mention his ability to hold the ball up, which is still to this day; second to none.
 

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Ruud didn't have creativity?

Watch the Euros by any chance?

How many times have we seen him 360 somebody?
As far as his touch is concerned; it usually put the ball in the back of the net, so I have no gripes with it. Not to mention his ability to hold the ball up, which is still to this day; second to none.
Did I write that Ruud didn't have creativity?
 

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no1 is definitely Bergkamp hes a player you would play to watch, no2 Ruud no3 Stam no4 Robben and Van Persie should be there for 5
 

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Although he was past his prime when he came to the Prem, Ruud Gullit was possibly
the greatest Dutch player after Cruyff and van Basten. Bergkamp is up there too.
 

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My God, if the Netherlands could only defend, they'd be unstoppable. I still can't believe they've never won a World Cup.
 
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