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In the Netherlands Eerste Divisie, a breeding ground for promising talents, the U23 players are making their mark across crucial parameters, as identified by Comparisonator platform. These young stars are demonstrating their prowess in key aspects of the game, shaping the league’s competitive landscape and catching the eye of scouts and fans alike.

Our team of recruitment analysts dived into Netherlands Eerste Divisie current season, and listed top 5 leaders in each parameter category:

  • Key Passes by Midfielders
  • Successful Dribbles by Wingers
  • Ball Recoveries by Fullbacks
  • Touches in Box by Strikers
  • Duels Won by Centre-Backs

Best U23 Players in the Netherlands Eerste Divisie in 5 Parameters

The best 5 players ranked in the selected parameters based on the matches played so far this season. These players ranked according to their per 90 min averages. In this analysis, the Comparisonator team used the Recruitment Shop feature of the Platform.

Please note that all numbers are per 90 min data from the 2023/24 Season So Far.


“Recruitment Shop” allows recruiters & scouts to search/list players with one click from any league and any position according to their performance (using artificially intelligent Comparisonator Performance index), height, age, passport country. Player actions can be filtered towards qualities searched for. Out of contract players can be found from more than 300.000 players within the database.

For example decision makers will can list all U21 best centre forwards (or any positions) in Croatia & Serbia (or from 275 competitions), add amount of goals, aerial duels won if looking for a target man from the filter section, or dribbles made if looking for forwards. Very simply detail the position to search to find suitable players.

Key Passes

Mathis Suray leads the pack in key passes among U23 midfielders, showcasing his vision and creativity with 0.74 key passes per 90 minutes. He is closely followed by Simon Colyn, Aime Omgba, Ben Scholte, and Nabil El Basri, all of whom play pivotal roles in unlocking opposition defenses and creating goal-scoring opportunities for their teams.

Successful Dribbles

Joel Ideho tops the charts for successful dribbles by U23 wingers, exhibiting his flair and skill with an impressive average of 6.3 successful dribbles per 90 minutes. Joshua Zimmerman, Ro-Zangelo Daal, A. van der Heide, and Joseph Amuzu also stand out for their ability to beat defenders and drive their teams forward with incisive runs.

Ball Recoveries

Nazjir Held leads the way in ball recoveries among U23 fullbacks, demonstrating his defensive solidity and work rate with an average of 11.96 ball recoveries per 90 minutes. Jonathan Mulder, Gabi Caschili, Ar’jany Martha, and John Hilton also excel in winning back possession and providing defensive stability to their teams.

Touches in Box

Thom van Bergen takes the top spot for touches in the box among U23 strikers, indicating his presence in dangerous areas and goal-scoring threat with 4.62 touches per 90 minutes. Dailon Livramento, Jesse van de Haar, Maximilian Schmid, and Romano Postema also showcase their ability to get involved in attacking moves and create scoring opportunities for their teams.

Duels Won

Deon Koswal leads U23 centre-backs in duels won, displaying his physicality and defensive prowess with 7.42 duels won per 90 minutes. Ruben Kluivert, Antef Tsoungui, Dennis Vos, and Olivier Aertssen also impress with their ability to dominate aerial and ground duels, providing a solid foundation for their teams’ defensive units.

Selected via Comparisonator machine learning index.
Data Comparisons provided by Comparisonator is for educational purposes only and not intended to be monetized.

Kemal Taş

Football enthusiast and editor @ Comparisonator.