On Thursday, the Eredivisie named Clint Leemans Player of the Month. The mid-fielder from PEC Zwolle was the best-performing player in September according to the statistics. Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertruida emerged as U21 Player of the Month.
In three matches, Clint Leemans, who also celebrated his 25th birthday in September, scored two goals and made an assist. Leemans managed to get four out of five shots on target and also stood out by playing 85% of his passes to the right colour.
PEC Zwolle gained four points in September, partly thanks to Leemans’ skill. At home, the team lost against Feyenoord (0-2) and won against Sparta (4-0). The match against AZ in Alkmaar ended in a 1-1 draw.
Leemans remained just ahead of Riechedly Bazoer (Vitesse) and Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord) in the battle for the official Eredivisie Player of the Month title.
The Player of the Month trophy was presented by FOX Sports reporter Hans Kraay Jr. The interview with Leemans can be seen on FOX Sports this evening on FOX Sports Vandaag and foxsports.nl. Photo credit: PEC Zwolle / FOX Sports
GEERTRUIDA (FEYENOORD) IS U21 PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Lutsharel Geertruida is the first player to be named Eredivisie U21 Player of the Month this season. The Feyenoord footballer achieved this in a month when he was often playing in a new centre back position. Geertruida showed what he is capable of in his new position, winning 16 duels and making 6 successful tackles. Together with a passing accuracy of 93% and a goal against ADO Den Haag last Sunday, it all added up to a win for the 20-year-old from Rotterdam. Antony (Ajax) and Gody Gakpo (PSV) were the closest contenders in the race for the first U21 title of the season.
EIGHT CLUBS PROVIDE PLAYERS FOR TEAM OF THE MONTH
The first Eredivisie Team of the Season was composed of players from eight clubs, with Ajax, SC Heerenveen and PSV each providing two players.
The full Eredivisie Team of the Month: Erwin Mulder (SC Heerenveen), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Riechedly Bazoer (Vitesse), Pawel Bochniewicz (SC Heerenveen), Philipp Max (PSV), Görkem Saglam (Willem II), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Clint Leemans (PEC Zwolle), Giorgos Giakoumakis (VVV-Venlo) and Antony (Ajax).
The Player of the Month award is an initiative of Eredivisie CV in collaboration with FOX Sports (media partner) and Opta Sports (official match data supplier). Players are assigned objective scores based on more than 60 statistics. Only players who have played at least two-thirds of the total number of game minutes are eligible for the title. The U21 Player of the Month title is only awarded to players who are 21 or younger at the start of the season.