Frenkie de Jong has been named by the Eredivisie as Player of the Season 2018/2019. The Ajax midfielder was the best performing footballer of the competition over 34 matches. PSV defender Angeliño is Talent of the Season.
22-year-old De Jong received the official Eredivisie prize from FOX Sports reporter Milan van Dongen on Thursday afternoon. This event took place during the coronation of national champion Ajax on Museumplein in Amsterdam.
Throughout the season, the midfielder stood out for his dribbling with the ball - with a 75% success rate - as well as his passing accuracy of over 91%. According the statistics from Opta Sports, this contributed to him being De Jong the best player on the Dutch pitches this season. De Jong has won the prize for Player of the Month twice before.
Angeliño named Talent of the Season
PSV defender Angeliño has been named Talent of the Season 2018/2019. The left-back made an impressive debut in his first season in Eindhoven. Angeliño owes the prize to both his defending and attacking skills. The Spaniard won 189 duels and created 68 chances. Angeliño was named Talent of the Month in September.
FOX Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen presented the prize to Angeliño on Thursday morning.
Ajax and PSV dominate in Eredivisie Team of the Season
Seven out of the eleven positions on the Eredivisie Team of the Season are filled by Ajax players. Three positions are filled by PSV, while Vitesse player Martin Ødegaard is the only player outside of the top two teams to have obtained a spot on the team.
The Season's Team, based on individual player statistics, is made up of goalkeeper André Onana (Ajax), defenders Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Ajax) and Angeliño (PSV), midfielders Martin Ødegaard (Vitesse), Lasse Schöne (Ajax) and Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) and strikers Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Luuk de Jong (PSV) and Dusan Tadic (Ajax).
Meanwhile goalkeepers Marco Bizot (AZ), defenders Nico Tagliafico (Ajax) and Nick Viergever (PSV), midfielders Abdenasser El Khayati (ADO Den Haag), Thulani Serero (Vitesse) and Younes Namli (PEC Zwolle) and strikers Adrián Dalmau (Heracles Almelo), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) and Steven Bergwijn (PSV) will take their places on the bench.
Ranking based on statistics
The prize for Player of the Month has been introduced this season and is an initiative of the Eredivisie CV in collaboration with FOX Sports and Opta Sports. The players are assessed individually based on dozens of statistics. To be considered for a prize or a nomination in the team, a player must have played for at least two-thirds of the overall playing minutes. All players who were born on or after 1 January 1997 are eligible for the talent prize.