Eredivisie revelations 3: Promising Promes has risen to the top
Over the next few days, BeNeFoot will countdown the top 10 revelations to come through in the Eredivisie this season.
We look at the brightest players who have emerged and impressed fans and pundits alike with an excellent 2013-14 season. Numbers 10 through 4 have already been unveiled and today we continue the countdown with number three.
Quincy Promes – By Michiel Jongsma
From playing in the Dutch second tier to gearing up for a Champions League final within 12 months: According to player agent Ersin Akan, it was all possible for his protégé Quincy Promes. The 22-year-old FC Twente winger made a seldom spectacular entrance in the Eredivisie, returning from a loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles. Atletico Madrid and Napoli were quick to show interest and while a transfer in the winter break didn’t materialize, he did get a reward in receiving his first call-up for the Dutch national team. In Stade de France, the youngster gave a good account of himself, despite the 2-0 loss against France.
As with most footballers whose careers skyrocket at a certain point, Promes’ talent was never in doubt. The Amsterdam-born winger grew up in the west side of the city and his potential was quickly identified. He was brought in at Ajax and trained and played there for six years, hoping he could achieve the ultimate dream of playing in the Amsterdam ArenA. In the end, he would fulfil that wish, but in a whole different way than he would’ve imagined.
In 2008, Promes was told by Ajax that his stay at the club was over. Whereas other talents like Joel Veltman, Davy Klaassen and Stefano Denswil were deemed good enough to progress, it was a an attitude and lack of maturity that held him back. That summer, Promes was done with football. But in HFC Haarlem, a second tier club nearby, he re-gained some of the fun in the game. According to then first team manager Jan Zoutman, he was close to making his debut for the Haarlem club, such a flourishing talent was the 17-year-old. But things turned out differently. The club of renowned former players such as Ruud Gullit and Gregory van der Wiel went bankrupt in 2009. FC Twente had seen enough though and decided to offer Promes a second chance in the youth system of an Eredivisie club. Under the wings of Theo ten Caat and Cees Lok among others, the teenager matured. In 2011-12, he even became captain of the FC Twente reserves, managed by Patrick Kluivert. That season, he was both handed his first professional contract and his debut, although his first team involvement remained restrained to three performances.
Deemed not ready for a chance in the first team by Steve McClaren, a manager known for favouring experience over youth, he was loaned out at the start of 2012-13. And at Go Ahead Eagles, the frivolous right winger exploded. Thirteen goals in 32 appearances and numerous assists, Promes proved that he was right for the step up, guiding his temporary team to the Eredivisie. With McClaren gone and Michel Jansen and Alfred Schreuder in charge for the season after, Promes was given a chance to show he was worthy of a starting berth at Twente. Eleven Eredivisie goals later, it is clear he has taken that chance. The creative forward has pace, is technically excellent, has incredible skill and has the power to go on and become a force on the international stage too. His creativity and inventiveness have turned him into a serious contender for Brazil, with Van Gaal one of his admirers.
Promes meanwhile shows he isn’t fazed by all of the attention. Even though there was plenty of interest, the attacker has decided to sign a new three year contract with FC Twente. The youngster has been good, but wants to be better. And his dream of once playing in the Amsterdam Arena? That has been fulfilled, but with the 3-0 defeat his team suffered, you can expect Promes to come back motivated next season to show that he is of an international standard.