Writing in The Sun,Francis was selecting a team of players who had impressed him the most during his time in the Premier League.
He said about the Dutchman: "I'm putting in Nath as he has been an ever-present for us and our best player for a few years.
"When he first signed on loan from Chelsea he was not in the team straight away and I don't think he or the manager knew his best position. He used to prefer playing holding midfield.
"He can do everything now and though it's hard for me to say, I can see him having a top career at one of the big boys — I just hope it's not any time soon!"