Brian Brobbey Is The Johan Cruijff Talent Of The Month
Xavi Simons named as Eredivisie Player of the Month for August In the first four rounds of the season, the 19-year-old PSV player has performed best according to the statistics and votes of football fans. Brian Brobbey has been named the Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month for the second time. PSV and sc Heerenveen are the biggest suppliers to the Eredivisie Team of the Month, both supplying three players.
Super start Xavi Simons
Xavi Simons can look back on a super start at PSV, the club where he signed a five-year contract this summer. The Paris Saint-Germain player shot his team into the lead after just 20 seconds in Wednesday's match against FC Volendam. It was his sixth Eredivisie goal after just four matches; only Dries Mertens scored as many goals during his debut for PSV in 2011 (6 goals in first 4 matches). At 19 years and 132 days old, Simons is the youngest player to realise this achievement in premier league history.
The midfielder anex striker also recorded two assists. As a result, Simons was involved in a PSV goal every 43 minutes in August. A deeper dive into the statistics underlines his importance in the team: no player had as many chances as Simons this season (3.2 Expected Goals), while only two players created more chances from open play than the PSV youngster (9 created chances from open play).
In August, Simons won with PSV against FC Emmen (4-1), Go Ahead Eagles (2-5), Excelsior Rotterdam (1-6) and FC Volendam (7-1). It earned the 19-year-old playmaker three selections as KPN Man of the Match.
Second Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month award for Brobbey
Brian Brobbey has been named Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month for the second time. The striker was also named the best talent in the Eredivisie last time (May 2022).
The 20-year-old from Amsterdam seems to be the centre striker Ajax was looking for: present in the penalty area to score goals. Only three players have had more ball contact in their opponent’s penalty area this season, but two of them (Steven Bergwijn and Dusan Tadic) achieved considerably more playing minutes than the Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month.
In addition, Brobbey is currently the most valuable player in the squad along with Steven Bergwijn. Both players were directly involved in four goals. Brobbey scored twice and provided two assists in 272 playing minutes in the Eredivisie 2022/23; only Antony needed fewer minutes for Ajax for a goal or assist (60) than Brobbey (68), during this campaign. Brobbey also recorded three shots on goal, created five chances and won KPN Man of the Match award once.
In addition to the monthly award, the Ajax striker received two cheques on behalf of the Friends Lottery. A cheque for €2,500 for his former amateur club AFC and a cheque for €5,000 to support social projects of the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
PSV and sc Heerenveen top suppliers in Eredivisie Football Team for the month of August
PSV and sc Heerenveen are the biggest suppliers to the Eredivisie Team of the Month, both supplying three players. Besides Simons, Cody Gakpo (6 goals and 3 assists) and Joey Veerman (2 goals and 1 assist) can also look back on a fantastic month. At sc Heerenveen, Sydney van Hooijdonk (4 goals), Andries Noppert (3 clean sheets) and Milan van Ewijk were particularly impressive.
The full Eredivisie Team of the Month in August: Andries Noppert (sc Heerenveen), Gijs Smal (FC Twente), Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord), Milan van Ewijk (sc Heerenveen), Joey Veerman (PSV), Jordy Clasie (AZ), Xavi Simons (PSV), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Brian Brobbey (Ajax) and Sydney van Hooijdonk (sc Heerenveen).