Monday, 11th February, 2013
English Premier League clubs were out in force over the weekend in Holland, with the Eredivisie clash between Vitesse and PSV Eindhoven the star attraction.
A number of players were on show, including powerful Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, fresh from the African Cup of Nations. In the PSV ranks, highly-rated midfielder Kevin Strootman was drawing glances, as was forward Jeremain Lens and winger Dries Mertens.
And in the stands, scouts from Premier League sides Chelsea (who have a number of players on loan at Vitesse), Tottenham Hotspur, QPR, Southampton, West Ham and Swansea sat watching.
They witnessed an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Gelredome, with Mertens putting PSV ahead from the penalty spot before Bony grabbed an equaliser, also from the spot.
PSV then took the lead again as Georginio Wijnaldum pounced. Bony though struck again in the 89th minute to ensure the clash would end with both sides sharing the spoils.
Vitesse did suffer a sending off during the match, with midfielder Theo Janssen seeing red in the 84th minute.
Despite the transfer window being closed for the watching Premier League sides, both Vitesse and PSV are well aware that it remains open in Russia, with Bony especially having been linked with a switch east.
The result sees PSV still top of the Eredivisie table after the weekend, with a three-point cushion over Ajax, while Vitesse are sitting fifth, eight points off top spot.
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