Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech state after victories over Roda JC (2-4) and FC Twente (1-2) on the first place in the standings Telesport Footballer of the Year.
The much-criticised midfielder scored over the two matches, an average of 6.8. SC Heerenveen-captain Stijn Schaars, the lonely lijstaanvoerder of last week, got no further than a 6 and 6.5 and should have the lead now share with Ziyech. Both men have after 23 speelrondes a total score of 124. Two full points more than number three, Ryan Thomas of PEC Zwolle.
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Mercenaries Deyovasio Zeefuik (Ajax) and Patrick Banggaard (SV Darmstadt 98) have but little time to get used to at FC Groningen and Roda JC. The two defenders, which, respectively, an average of 6.8 and 6.5 scored, were the last two duels in shape for their new clubs, and conquered thereby a place in the Telesport national Team of the Week.
Philippe Sandler showed the highest rate note: the PEC Zwolle defender in the winter break and purchased back rented out by Manchester City, was twice rewarded with a seven. Leader PSV is represented by Luuk de Jong (6,8). Also Feyenoord-killer Bryan Linssen (6,8) is, of course, of the party.
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