Top Talent from Holland and Belgium

With the international break coming up, and the World Cup in Russia just around the corner, we figured we'd take a look at the best players in the Dutch and Belgian Leagues - who should you be looking out for in the Qualifiers. You can watch most of these guys play week-in, week-out at, but the best of them will probably be playing in the Premier League soon!

You don't need to be a regular watcher of the Eriedivisie on to know that the Netherlands have been struggling to perform at their best in the latest Qualifying campaign - this is clear by the results that include a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria.

In the UEFA Euro’s 2016, Netherlands could not even qualify either but despite these recent failures, the Dutch league has vast amount of talented figures that are on the rise who might be able to take the helm of the Dutch squad someday and try to switch their fortunes for the better.

Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool's 4-0 triumph over Arsenal

Liverpool-legend-turned pundit Michael Owen has expressed his delight at the Reds' performance versus Arsenal over the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp's side were simply scintillating with their movement from start to finish as they outclassed the Gunners by a 4-0 scoreline on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring from a corner where he was found unmarked before Sadio Mane made it 2-0 in the first period with a brilliant right-sided curler from the box. Arsenal were therein playing catch-up in the second period, and a mistake from Hector Bellerin allowed Mohamed Salah to bag the third goal of the game after he ran 75 yards up the pitch to put a simple effort past Petr Cech.

Michael Owen does not think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would win Liverpool the title

Michael Owen feels that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a dependable player but his arrival at Anfield would not turn Liverpool into genuine title challengers.

The England international has been strongly linked with a move to Merseyside with his Arsenal contract due to expire in 12 months.

The 23-year-old enjoyed his best-ever campaign in professional football last season with six goals and 11 assists but he is still assessing his Gunners future due to his reduced exposure from the starting lineup. Speaking to Metro, Owen admits that Oxlade-Chamberlain is a solid player, but his presence would not guarantee the Reds the Premier League title.

Michael Owen insists Manchester United must keep hold of David de Gea

Former Manchester United striker-turned pundit Michael Owen believes that Jose Mourinho will have set his sights on keeping goalkeeper David de Gea following the £75m signing of Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international arrived from Everton earlier in the month after the Red Devils fended off interest from rivals Chelsea to pursue his signature. Lukaku has since adapted well to the Red Devils' style of play after having bagged two goals in three pre-season friendlies.

Speaking to Metro, Owen insists that United have managed to fill the striker void with the signing of Lukaku, and the emphasis will now be on keeping De Gea, who continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Jermaine Defoe is part of a dying breed of strikers - Michael Owen

Former Liverpool striker-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes Jermaine Defoe could be the last of his kind as the game does not encourage smaller strikers nowadays.

Owen represented the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United in a fairly successful career as he managed to use his small stature to his advantage to score goals.

Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool’s signing of Mohamed Salah

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen gave his view on social media following the Reds’ signing of Mohamed Salah.

The Egypt international joined the Merseyside giants from AS Roma following weeks of negotiations over a transfer sum. Eventually, both clubs agreed on a £34m deal for the deal to go through, as per BBC Sport, and the player has followed to ink a five-year contract at Anfield.


Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Man United striker Michael Owen has said that Bournemouth's new addition Jermain Defoe is the last in-demand striker that has similarities with him, and wishes he had gone to his former club Newcastle United, who are struggling for striking options since their promotion to the Premier League.

The BT Sport pundit said that football clubs nowadays seem to prefer tall players that are powerful and versatile these days as opposed to strikers that have a similar playing style as him.

Michael Owen pleasantly surprised by Everton’s Jordan Pickford move

Former Liverpool legend Michael Owen took to twitter to give his verdict after Everton agreed on a £30m sum with Sunderland for the services of young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The uncapped Englishman will become the Toffees’ record signing surpassing the £28m spent to bring Romelu Lukaku to Goodison three seasons ago. While Pickford has managed to earn admirers through his impressive performances last season, Owen still thinks the Toffees may have spent a little more on the shot-stopper as they look to make meaningful business for the summer, he wrote on Twitter: “Didn't expect Jordan Pickford to command such a high fee but there's no doubt he's a huge talent. Expect Everton's spending to continue.”

Michael Owen Expects Arsenal to Secure a Win over Sunderland

Michael Owen is quite confident that Arsenal will be able to keep on fighting for the top four places going into the final day of the season.

In order to do so, the gunners will have to take all three points in the home game against Sunderland. Even though the Black Cats have already been relegated, there is a fear that the lack of pressure on David Moyes’ team could help them make a difference in the race for the top four. The possibility of Arsenal finishing in the top four is beyond their hands after Liverpool’s 4-0 win over West Ham during the weekend.


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