The nominations for the Eredivisie’s Player of the Year and the U21 Player of the Year have now been announced. The 18 captains and 18 head coaches vote for the nominees and the winners will be announced at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
In total, 20 players have been nominated for the Eredivisie Player of the Year award. Six of them have also been nominated for the Eredivisie U21 Player of the Year. Preselection took place on the basis of individual players’ statistics from StatsPerform and fan votes for Man of the Match on ESPN. One condition is that players must have played at least 60% of the overall playing minutes (1,836 minutes). Ultimately, the votes from the 18 captains (Player of the Year) and 18 coaches (U21 Player of the Year) will be the decisive factor. To this end, the Eredivisie and ESPN have collaborated with players’ union VVCS and the ‘Coaches Betaald Voetbal’ association.
The 20 players nominated for the Eredivisie Player of the Year award: Dušan Tadić, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen, Perr Schuurs (all Ajax), Donyell Malen, Eran Zahavi, Philipp Max, Jordan Teze (all PSV), Owen Wijndal, Myron Boadu, Jesper Karlsson (allen AZ), Riechedly Bazoer (Vitesse), Steven Berghuis, Lutsharel Geertruida, Jens Toornstra (all Feyenoord), Ko Itakura (FC Groningen), Rai Vloet, Robin Pröpper (both Heracles Almelo), Kenneth Paal (PEC Zwolle) and Georgios Giakoumakis (VVV-Venlo).
Ryan Gravenberch, Per Schuurs, Jordan Teze, Owen Wijndal, Myron Boadu and Lutsharel Geertruida are also in the running for the Eredivisie U21 Player of the Year. This prize is open to players who are under the age of 21 at the start of the competition.
Eredivisie Player of the Year
The Eredivisie Player of the Year award is an initiative of Eredivisie CV in collaboration with ESPN, and is part of the Eredivisie Player of the Month vote. This year, the 18 captains and 18 coaches have been given a vote too, for the first time.
Last season no winners were announced due to the termination of the competition. In the season 2018/19, Frenkie de Jong won the prize for Eredivisie Player of the Year, while Angeliño won the prize for Eredivisie U21 Player of the Year.