This week Joey Veerman made an interesting transfer from SC Heerenveen to PSV Eindhoven. Veerman is a player who is talked about a lot. Last summer he was moving towards the exit, that time the midfielder was hoping to join AZ Alkmaar. That deal didn’t go through. This winter, there was spoken a lot about a move to Feyenoord. And then, suddenly, PSV joined the race of signing Veerman.
It's commonly known that Veerman is an exceptional midfielder with continuously improving stats. This season, almost every aspect on the pitch is improved compared to last season. A higher passing accuracy, a higher shooting accuracy, more goals, more recoveries, fewer fouls, and this list goes on. This season, Veerman has the most through passes in the league, and after Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Veerman has the most expected assists and smarts passes.
The graph above shows the Player Level development of Veerman. Veerman's Player Level was far above the Average Team Level of SC Heerenveen which meant he was ready for the next step. Now it is time for Joey Veerman to grow towards the level of PSV, which he already has proven at FC Volendam and SC Heerenveen.
We all know that PSV and SC Heerenveen eventually agreed on a €6 million deal this week. Did Veerman make the right choice according to data or should he have chosen for Feyenoord or maybe even for another club?
A while ago we did a transfer analysis for Veerman. Several clubs came out of the analysis. In our Top-Down Transfer Analysis, Feyenoord and PSV ended up on the first and second spot. This means that both clubs would be a great next step for Veerman to make in his career based on the average team level of the clubs.
In our Combined Analysis, where level and playing style are both taken into account, Feyenoord ends up as the best fit for Veerman. In this analysis we analyzed over 140 clubs in several European competitions, PSV ends up within the top 10 clubs that would fit best for Veerman.
Based on all our analysis we can conclude that both PSV and Feyenoord would have been great choices for Veerman.
Therefore, we want to congratulate Joey Veerman and his management Muy Manero on this great transfer!