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Arjen Robben - Emperor In Eindhoven

Started on 22 February 2020 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 31 March 2020 by Justice
Justice: This thread doesn't get enough of your great puns
Get in. Congratulations to Robben and his team. A new era begins!
Scott: The first of many!!

Season Review 2020/21

PSV 7-1 Go Ahead Eagles | Eredivisie | Gakpo, Madueke, Silva, Ihattaren, Antonisse x3
Heracles Almelo 1-1 PSV | Eredivisie | Ihattaren

All year long it's been clear for all to see the progress of PSV Eindhoven both on and off the pitch under Arjen Robben. It was never obvious to anyone what the former Bayern attackers management would be like but it seems after just two years with his old side he's got a full grasp on the runnings of both football on the pitch as well as off it.

This year we've been subject to a great number of games providing quality entertainment during what proved to be one of the more one sided title races of recent times despite PSV's early surge up the table. The club have finished second this year confirming their place in the Champions League qualifiers for this coming summer.

This year, they had to face the exact same task against Dynamo Kyiv and Istanbul of Turkey. Some would say at points in these ties PSV were lucky to get through but they'd take it and go as far as to qualify out of a group including Dortmund, Inter Milan, and Valencia on merit.

Meeting Barcelona in the round of 16 for many it would be the end of the competition run however Eindhoven ultras were keen to show in full force at the home of the Catalans in a great display of 'We shall not be moved' drawing 0-0.

It wasn't to be though, Barcelona thoroughly trashed Boeren in the return leg 4-0 but with their highest finish in the tournament for quite some time - PSV could consider the campaign a success.

Another showing next year will mean all the good for progress on the pitch, qualification consistency is paramount to the success of a club especially given the benefits of the revenue acquired. The club is said to now be the most financially secure in the Netherlands at this time, and one of the richest in Europe specifically down to the money earned from TV rights, as well as player sales.

With that being said it would be a huge surprise to not see a good few deals made in the summer. This team has what it takes to challenge at the top, we know that much but what do they need to take them to the next level?

Journalists have already been linking Robben to make a move for Liverpool hotshot Curtis Jones who seems to be quite the blue eyed boy from Arjen's point of view. It's not known what kind of fee would prize the scouser away from his boy-hood club or whether even a loan offer is the smartest choice of deal, we do know PSV can afford it though.

This year Jones made 7 league appearances for a Liverpool side that finished in 2nd, 10 points of English Champions Manchester City. Showing signs of promise in every game it's looking more and more likely that Arjen Robben's admiration for the teenager will see him in a red and white striped shirt next season.

The main question on everyone's lips when it comes to this team is the title credentials. Have PSV really got what it takes next year to win the league? It remains to be seen and we're all eager for the new season to come around just as quick as this one ended. Speaking to many fans of even rival clubs, they seem to believe that Eindhoven are extremely close to overtaking Ajax as the best club in the Netherlands.

It's not a far fetched claim to make having only finished 2 points of the Amsterdam based side this season, and next year will prove just how close they are.

That's all from me, time to delve into the summer transfer window and find our answers to Ajax's yearly title statement.

Congrats on the cup win :)
Surely Ajax can't sustain this hold at the top much longer!
Good luck
PSV's title to lose next year.
Scouter: Thanks man!

Scott: Don't give me that shit it's hard enough as it is damn

Summer Transfer Round-up - 2021/22

It's that time of the year again, every football supporters favourite period of the season. The summer transfer window. A time where huge records are made for teams to break them with astronomical fees. We see it every single year and this season I'm sure will be no different.

We're here to focus on PSV Eindhoven though. We'll be taking a look at the relatively small number of signings they've made up to deadline day (6) and how they can improve the squad going forward into a season many consider the club to be favourites to take him the Eredivisie league title.

In first as you've already probably guessed is Robben's biggest signing so far in his tenure. Curtis Jones has joined up with the first team for a fee 21.5M Euros. A hefty fee for a Dutch side to pay however relatively small when considering how much quality the Scouser possesses.

In the deal, a 54M pound buy back clause has been inserted by Liverpool meaning if PSV were to sell back to the reds, a 33M profit would be made on the deal. Effectively turning the move into an extremely profitable loan.

Curtis is said to be very excited with the move relishing the opportunity of getting a lot of first team football with great success on the cards, and if performances go his way - A return to his boyhood club.

Robben is said to be a huge fan of the boy, seeing a lot of himself in the young attacker and it's told he'll be best deployed in the first team either through the middle or on the left wing where Cody Gakpo and Ihattaren usually reside.

It will be interesting to see how all three of these young starlets fit in together.

One of the bargains of the window comes in the form of Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona. The Catalans who recently knocked PSV out of the Champions League knockouts gave all their efforts to offer Xavier a new contract and keep him at the club, but were rebuffed by his ambition to leave the Spanish giants in a bid to get more playing time.

Something that he can be absolutely assured of coming into Holland for Eindhoven who finished runners up to last years title winners Ajax. Mbuyamba's fee comes in at exactly 1 Million Euros which for a player with so much class and potential in theory is quite absurd.

It's expected to begin with that the central defender will 2nd fiddle to the two that currently start - Pavlovic and Morato - David Vinhas is also a regular face so it seems the club are fairly stacked for quality at the back.

And third, all the way from Turin, Juventus we have Antonio Botta arriving for a fee of 7M. The right winger clearly has bags and bags of potential and with Madueke on the right he'll still find it relatively difficult to break into the first team but it's expected he'll certainly get game time from the bench and who knows, challenge Madueke all the way for his place.

Now, flying all the way from Robben's favourite talent pool SL Benfica. We've got Olivier Lefevre. Reports have come in stating that the Portuguese attacking midfielder has joined for 1.7M and will act as second in command to Ihattaren despite being just 17 years old.

Robben places a lot of faith in Ihatteren's fitness consistency and doesn't seem to believe a top quality player in back up is required to chip away at the increasingly powerful Ajax.

The boy's got potential, we know that but he's also fairly decent in the here and now. Expect to see Olivier quite soon in this team. Let's see how the youngster gets on.

From Pachuca, Mexico. Miguel Acosta. Not a player that instantly hits you with the words superstar but a fine looking prospect none the less coming in for 600K. This one seems more of a future cash cow but depending on how he develops maybe one day we'll see him break into the first team.

That being said with Malen and Fabio Silva occupying top spot and Araujo struggling to make the cut, it's likely that this one's got a long long way to go.

Last but not least, Michel Seck. Brought in from Diambars FC in Senegal, this young defender is travelling far from home to stake a claim for a career outside of his home continent. The young lad joins for just 60K and it's hoped that given time he'll turn into one of the leagues better defenders.

Questions have been asked as to whether the best place to play him would be in defence or elsewhere - Namely central midfield. A fantastically cheap deal with all the makings of a wonderful player. We're all anxious to see how he fairs.

Join us next time for a run down on this years player sales and seasonal preview!
nice story you will win the champions league
A lot of money spent on Curtis Jones. He certainly has a lot to do to justify that pricetag.
Quite intrigued by the transfer of Michel Seck, even for what is quite a low fee. Personality-wise, the guy is an obvious fit for a top-level side with his Determination and Teamwork, but he doesn't stand out to me as a player who'll really ever come in useful on the actual pitch. He's a basic and distinctly average defensive full-back without the physicality (pace, strength or height) to make up for that lack of ability. Not well-rated by the coaches either, by the looks.

Mbuyamba looks a steal, though. Wide teams really going to struggle to connect with their strikers with him patrolling the skies.
Firstly, congratualtions on Story of the Month, very well deserved and I am glad to see you enjoying writing once again after the unfortunate end of Torquay.

A great season in all honesty, progression to the knockouts of the Champions League, tightening the gap behind Ajax and a piece of silverware. Great job! Curtis Jones is a great signing despite his fee, he looks like a bit of added quality. Some incredible potential in there with most of the other signings. Looking forward to this season!

Leavers 2021

It's time now for a quick round up on the PSV Eindhoven player sales of the summer 2021, so get comfortable and let's work through the team to begin Arjen Robben's third campaign with the club!

Jorrit Hendrix - One of the most faithful figures at the club has left for 14M with the potential for it to rise to 17. Jorrit has seen much game time under his former national teammate but his journey with PSV has finally come to an end after 9 years.

Jorrit will be joining up with Merseyside club Everton where he'll aim for success in what is becoming an increasingly competitive Premier League. Every year more and more superstars flock their way to England to play in the most demanding football league there is. Hendrix will no doubt be right up against it but everyone at PSV wishes him the very best of luck.

Mauro Junior - Next to leave is a player very much out of favour at the club. Having been loaned out during the 19/20 season at Heracles, Junior came back to very little game time playing 13 games in the league starting a measly 5 of them.

It was clear his time was up at the club and he'll make his way to Red Bull Salzburg for quite a large fee of 12.75M. The attacking midfielder initially joined up with the Jong PSV side from Desportivo Brasil for free and so it seems the club have made quite the profit of this man.

Pablo Rosario - One of the most surprising exits we'll see this season is Pablo Rosario for 10M. Pablo just like Jorrit has played a hefty number of games for PSV both in the league as well as the Champions League but it's becoming clear that Arjen Robben sees his team moving in a different direction, but having not signed any obvious starting central midfielders it's unclear in which way he wants to go.

An influx of players from the academy is likely to be seen.

Remaining Departures

- Derrick Luckassen - 5.25M - Real Betis
- Andrea Pappetti - 3.4M - Ajax
- Joel Piroe - 1.5M - Hamburger
- Yorbe Vertessen - 1.1M - AZ Alkmaar
- Jiri Coufal - 450K - Feyenoord
- Chris Gloster - 215K - SC Paderborn
- Mees Kreekels - 115K - AZ Alkmaar

A lot of permanent leavers this summer with a nice profit of 16M made having sold the deadwood currently at the club. A surprise comes in store as Andrea Papetti leaves for huge rivals Ajax. A shock to all that the two clubs would even consider doing business, but there we have it.

Many players have left on free transfers and loans, too many to go through them all but most notably we'll be seeing Jeroen Zoet leave for AZ on a free transfer.

Kutucu and Geelmuyden have also been given loans in a bid to help them prove themselves elsewhere for game time next year. There are high hopes for both players, they just need to harness that potential.
Deadzpool: Cheers mate I hope so

Scott: I have every faith in him

Harley: The main idea behind this transfer was the price. 60K odd from a west african team, I'll mainly be looking to sell him on for what could be a decent profit of around 5-10M but you never know, could well become a club legend!

Seb: Thank you my friend! Looking forward to seeing how Curtis fairs in Holland I felt we needed that quality somewhere on the pitch to match Ajax but felt it needed to be acquired without spending TOO much money so I'm very pleased to bring him in!
A lot of money recouped then. Hopefully this squad can improve on the team's performance last season.

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