Season end musings…

Crunch time in most leagues now. It’s the business end of the football season. Some trophies are handed out already, many still have to find an owner. And yes, I do think qualifying for EL football or not being relegated counts as a trophy too.

Let’s face it, the work coaches like Stijn Vreven (Nac), Fons Groenendijk (ADO Den Haag) and Mitchell van der Gaag (Excelsior) have done at their level might well be more impressive than what Cocu has done at PSV or Pep at Man City.

In these last weeks, there will also always be fascinating rumours of players coming and going of course.

The key news for us Oranje fans is the prelim squad for Oranje’s next two friendlies.

No big surprises for me. It’s nice to see Elia back in the prelim, as he is playing very well for his Turkish side (still in the title race) while Memphis might well start centrally, like at Ol Lyon. Allowing for another left wing player to join in.

Kongolo back in the squad is logical too. He’s holding his own at Huddersfield, who are safe now in the EPL. And he can play on three spots in the NT if needed.

A bit like Daley Blind, who’s also present and might make the definitive squad as Koeman will rely on him moving forward. Purely based on his recent performances, he doesn’t belong in the NT (as he didn’t have any performances) but he’ll need some rhythm coming back and he might need a mental boost. Koeman ignoring Daley now might make things worse for the ex Ajax man, who will probably leave United this summer.

The AZ threesome Til, Weghorst and Bizot are part of the prelim squad but I doubt that they’ll make it into the final squad. Koeman also invited some Young Oranje talent to the camp, as some players are still in the fold for silverware or other big decisions. Denzel Dumphries, the assist king of Heerenveen, will join, as will AZ’s Teun Koopmeiners, Groningen’s Juninho Bacuna, Feyenoord goalie Justin Bijlow and AZ’s Thomas Ouwejan.

Potential changes for the Dutch Eredivisie coming season…


At PSV, it seems Arias might be on his way to Juve, which would be a good move for PSV’s best player of the season. Jeroen Zoet wants to leave too, while TD Marcel Brands is on the hitlist to become Everton’s technical director. The former Feyenoord player has had a massive run as TD for RKC, AZ (won the title with Van Gaal) and now eight years at PSV.


Van der Sar, Overmars and Ten Hag will stay on but heaps of rumours are going around for some of the key players. Ziyech wants to go and if he plays a good World Cup, he will land somewhere nice. Justin Kluivert has expressed his wish to stay, as his manager Raiola is making life hard for Ajax, in their quest to sign the youngster for a longer spell. He wants Justin to get 1,5 mio euros p.a. and 30% of any future transfer fee. Ajax says NO. Several Italian clubs (AS Roma, AC Milan) are in the race, as is Man United. Mathijs de Ligt can sign everywhere it seems and Man City seems to have the best papers to do so, but Barca and Bayern are after his signature as well. Frenkie de Jong is alleged to sign for Barca this summer, but will remain with Ajax for one more year. Goalie Onana is on hit lists too as is Neres, for whom a German bid of 27 mio euros is in the making. Zakaria Labyad (ex PSV) will make the move from FC Utrecht to Ajax to be reunited with Erik ten Hag. Fortuna’s central defender Per Schuurs already joined Ajax, as did left winger Bande.


Jorgensen will have the focus during this World Cup and several English clubs are scouting him. Vilhena will want to move away too (Italy?) while Karim El Ahmadi might be in the position to make a big step for the last time in his career, particularly when/if Morocco does well vs Spain and Portugal. There is interest for Sven van Beek too and Steven Berghuis has had a sensational season for a right winger, with several Spanish clubs keen to jump in.


The wonderful performances of AZ will have caught the eye, with Wout Weghorst on his way out and Jahanbaksh (in the same group at the World Cup with Iran as Morocco) will definitely be swooped up (Lazio Roma? Napoli?).

There’s a lot of debate about this on Holland at the moment. Should Kluivert really go already? Is De Ligt really ready? Can Weghorst survive outside of the Eredivisie?

We’ve seen so many “top” players from the Eredivisie struggle in bigger competitions. Alves of Heerenveen for instance, scored for fun in Holland, never made it anywhere else. Kezman, top striker at PSV, didn’t score anywhere else. More recently: Depay at Man United, Janssen at Spurs, Luuk de Jong at Borussia and Newcastle, Van Wolfswinkel at Norwich, the list goes on and on…

There are some good examples too of course. Wesley Hoedt and Virgil van Dijk never played for a top 3 Eredivisie club and they did well. And a bit longer ago: Roy Makaay and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of course. But Kluivert might do better just hanging a bit longer, as his first season at Ajax wasn’t that sensational.

Let the games begin!

In the meantime, Louis van Gaal claims to have an offer he can’t refuse (no one knows who that might be, but Arsenal fans held their breath when he made the statement), while Dick Advocaat is on the Zenit St Petersburg short list again. Peter Bosz – who played in France himself – is most likely moving to Nice.

In other news, Arjen Robben extended his stay at Bayern, while Belgian magician Luc Nilis will move from PSV to VVV as assistant coach. Stefan de Vrij allegedly signed a 5 year deal with Inter. Hans Hateboer is on the wish list of Borussia Dortmund.


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  1. Im really keeping my fingers crossed for Jairo Riedewald and Clasie to get their careers back on track. A loan back to eredivisie if any would be positive for them.clasie to feyenoord could be a possibility but I cant see Ajax coming back for Riedewald again.

    Jan any word on why Van Ginkel was not selected.

    1. Not really… Might have to do with fitness, might have to do with other players in his position that have a firmer position in the squad.

      Van Ginkel is a bit of a hot-cold prospect. Too good for the Eredivisie, not good enough for the big 5 competitions in Europe… And… is he a 10? A box-to-box player? A holding mid?

  2. I don’t get why de Vrij is going to inter. Lazio will have champions league next season and inter won’t. It seems like a step down to me

    1. Inter and Lazio will play winner qualifys for CL in the last game of the season so the race is still on

      either way De Vrij was out of contract at the end of the season and plus he gets to decide on his new salary. His new contract is worth 20 millon pounds more than that at Lazio.Spalletti has done a good job since taking over and is slowly overhauling the squad. Their defense was the weakest area and he has addressed that issue by signing De Vrij and juventus Utility Kwadwo Asamoah.
      Up front they have already signed Argentine prodiogy Luataro Martinez who has also been given the nod by sampaoli to be on the plane to russia ahead of Icardi.

      Inter will be a team to watch next season provided there are no major transfers out and plus they make rafinha and cancelo loan permanent.

  3. Absolutely gutted to see NEC bomb out of Playoffs. Lost 4-0 in first leg and won 4-1 in thr second. Absolutely crazy. Big set back for Kadioglu, Achahbar and Groeneveld who should be playing in eredivisie by all means.

  4. Looking at Vitesse this season, Manson Mount is the type of midfielder you need when playing Dost. Tim Matavz is somewhat similar striker to that of Dost and the set up at Vitsse was subsequently led to him in smashing 14 goals this season plus in the playoffs which they are still going. Linssen and Beerens , two execuating wingers and Manson Mount as a fitter.this is what you need when playing Dost.

    Unfortunately at NT level, jus like how Robben used to be the focal point and strikers like huntelaar having to fit into the system, that tradition looks set to continue now with Depay.At some point in time even Koeman will have to realize it all about 11 players and not just one player on the field.

    I have to say Mount is a very talented guy and I cant think of any player right now in eredivisie who is on his level and unfortunately he is not dutch so no point in dragging with Dost.

  5. Barcelonas winning streak tragically came down tembling as they defense shitted from all holes. Im sure they will rekindle their intrest in de ligt again after the invincible tag slipped out if their hands.

      1. Lots of drama in that match, with Redan having to retake his penalty after the Irish keeper came off his line too early. Ref gave him a red card, and Redan scored on his second attempt against one of the Irish defenders.

  6. I really hope J. Kluivert, Frenkie de Jong and De Ligt stay for one more year in the Eredivisie. We’ve seen many players make the huge mistake of leaving too early.

    1. It will be hard, Kluivert has signed with Mino Raiola, and his contract demands are huge. Something like 1.5 million a year + 30% of the transfer fee.

      I doubt Ajax can keep him, and honestly it seems like the beginning of the end for one of our brightest stars. Raiola is good at getting his players money.

  7. Excluding Marco van Ginkel is a big mistake

    Can anyone explain to me what is in koeman’s head ?

    I think van ginkel is one of the most unluckiest talent and shame Chelsea never gave him a chance

    1. Looking at his time at Stoke when he was on the aftermath of his ACL injury it was evident it would take him longer to fully recover and thats what happened. There is no way he could have competed for a spot in Chelsea after his loan spell with milan.
      He made the right decsion to to return to eredivisie and now he looks to have hit the form.

      Being said this I think Jan is right about his status as a BTB midfielder. The dutch style suited him but from modern day soccer pespertive you need be a overall midfielder to survive in big leagues. All big team these days prefer to have attacking midfielder compared to holding whether if its 4-2-3-1 or even 4-4-2.

      I think Van Ginkel really havent had a chance to play for NT. Propper and Klaassen both played alot under Danny while van ginkel was often injured during NT selection. I personally rate him above Propper, klaassen and Vilhnea but then unless he gets to play he wont be able to convince koeman. Also I think this is the right time for him to move to a big league.

      1. Well explained Wilson thanks!

        Yes that’s what I also felt ! Even klaassen got a chance.

        What I really wanted to see is a midfield partnering van ginkel + van der beek + wijnandljm etc. I wonder how the chemistry works but never had a chance seeing it

        Now having said that he’s a defensive midfielder , but he has scored so many goals this season

        1. He is not holding mid either. He was grommed in a dutch style where there was certain limitation to both attacking and defending. Typically when you have a destroyer. Now when you dont have a destroyer than the whole workload increases and this transition is what van ginkel has not acquired yet. I still remeber watching some of his stoke games when he was deployed at Holding mid. Defensively he would either commit a foul or simply he would just throw his body on the line.there is where he was getting those niggling injuries.I think his main strength is his touches and passing.he doesnt have that handling speed that would give him more authority to run with ball more and take on van der beek for example.

          1. Clasie too was in the same boat as him at Southampton, but in his case Koeman gradually used him to familiarize himself to the transition but unfortunately for clasie, koemans departure came in the middle of things and with the new coach it was all performance based.

  8. Club brugge won the Belgian league title and will qualify directly to CL. Good news for dutch contingent there.

    Also Ajax have confirmed the signing of Zakaria Labyad from Utrecht which means daley sinkgraven days are now out numbered at Ajax.

  9. I have a historical query – been looking today at the EC 1984 qualifier between Spain and Holland. I’m really curious as to why Ruud Krol was called up for only that match in those qualifiers (and the same for Hugo Hovenkamp): had he retired from the national team in 1982 (and was coming back as a favour), or had he fallen out with Kees Rijvers?

    Also, why didn’t John Metgod play for Holland after this game? He would have only been about 25 or so, and still at Real Madrid. Did he fall out with Rijvers? Or was he just ignored like Arnie Muhren, as he then moved to England?

  10. It shames we have to see the flop of Kishna, El Ghazi

    I am also feeling Fosu, Raidewal now on their way too even thought they are still very young.

    1. Kishna, I think you can write him off now. very injury prone and now even after his recovery any big team looking at his history will think twice before signing him.

      As for Riedewald, Mensah and el Ghazi, they still havnt featured prominently for their respective teams and they need to move to clubs where they can get more minutes.

    1. agree on this one. I still remember there was so much hype when Bazoer was at Ajax. he has had his chances at Wolfburg but consistency level is not there.

      1. Bazoer and ramselaar will both become very good players in the future. You have to be extremely unlucky to waste that God of talent. And for Kishna he will come good also. He has had some rough patches with injury but I fully expect him to reach his full potential

        1. To reach you full potential you need to be playing and for them it aint no happening. Which merical are you hoping for?

          Secondly the generational shift is jus on the horizon and there is so many talents who will very soon start knowning door and which means there will be others who will simply miss the train.

          Bazoer is in the same boat as Van Ginkel and Clasie. As for kishna, Kluivert, Chong, Groeneveld,Malen, Gakpo, Nunnely, Bergwijn,zwarts and list goes on and on.

    2. Sorry Ruud…They are already grown up players…they are better than klassen,Strootman etc…….They are immensly talented on ball,they are brilliant…But they should play where they belong to.or else they should paly to their strength..
      You cannot compare with them to Elghazi who lacks intelligence and vision…or klassen who cannot dribble past a girl..etc..
      Bazoer and ramseelar should find a coach where they can use their talents..they both should play under coaches like Giovani kinda…they need game time…
      Ramseelar was frequently rotated bu cocu so is bazoer…u cannot deliver when you play 10 minutes a game and next game starter,then subbbed after 60 minutes…they are victims of coaches GREEDY MINDS…I FEEL SORRY for them
      Look at Depay now he found his spot where he belongs to ,in EPL as winger He was getting raped by defenders….Now he plays in basdoost position where he requires lesser speed…no surprise that he is on fire ,if such mediocre talents like klassen and Dost can score that number of goals..How many goals Depay will score considering his talent…i feel like its cake walk for him now…
      Ramseelar can be next sneijder ,he has venom for a number 10…
      Bazoer can be our soild DM like busquets,Fernadhino,Veira,keane etc….thats the spot they belong to and they are not playing in their natural spot..No wonder they fails…So please bare them

  11. As a fan of Orange, i support all of them & hope to see them to be reach world class as Seedorf, Kluivert, Bergkham, Sneijder, Vaart, Robben, David

    But seems it’s not easy to see that especially front-line, back-line we can see & guess we will have top player such as van Dijk & a little bit on de Vrij, de Ligt & more

  12. Jan Olde Riekerink has been appointed the new coach for Heerenven. the former Galatasaray Manager takes over from Jurgen Streppel who had confirmed before that he will resign at the end of the season. Jan Olde Riekerink brings alot of expereinece and with some good signings they can be a good team. they have good squad and first and for most they need to sign a quality striker who can score goals. their strikers had a very poor season in front of goal this season. Between Reza Ghoochannejhad (8) and Henk Veerman (4) they only managed 12 goals which is quiet low given was their top scorer and also first score striker. their had good transfer window at the start of the season but its hasnt turned out smooth as they would expected.

    Pep Lijnders also is reported to be returning to liverpool as his positions is still vaccant and given he has good relationship with klopp.

  13. Just finished watching the U17 semi-final. Netherlands through on penalties.

    Defense was very well organized, except for a brief period at the end of the first half where England hit a post and missed a sitter of a cross, Netherlands had them well under control. Van Gelderen (not sure who his team is) looked good, composed, in the middle and Hendriks (Feyenoord) on the left looked like one of those tough as nails kids. (Plus his penalty was a beaut.) The central mf Burger was the hardest worker out there, reading the game, covering well. Big kid, seems a little limited offensively, but he has leadership stamped on him.

    The offense didn’t look great. They played two strikers,Redan with Brobbey, but no service to them, and no chemistry between the two. The cmf’s weren’t making any penetration, and the wide players weren’t overly dangerous. Brobbey was subbed for Gravenberch after the 60th minute. Redan went into the middle as a loan striker, and with the extra offensive mf, they started to look more dangerous.

    No goals. Went to penalties…and they didn’t miss a one. Won 6-5.

    Good luck to them on Sunday.

  14. Man city reportdly wants to sign Groeneveld and then loan him to NAC Breda. He needs to be playing in eredivisie and this could be his opportunity to do jump up.AZ is also tracking him should Alireza Jahanbakhsh depart.

    1. Anass Achahbar also returns back to PEC Zwolle and after his standout loan season at NEC, he defintely will be mix in the next season at Zwolle. Im still thinking why Feyenoord sold him.

      With him I hope Ferdi Kadioglu also signs for a eredivisie club.

  15. It was a case of present and future in the DFB Pokal final between Bayern and Eintracht Frankfurt. Niko kovac will take over from Jupp Heynckes next season and boy he made some statement after Eintracht defeated bayern thing I will surely say here is that Guzman has had a good season in bundasliga after moving from Serie A. He has been in the thick of things for them. I not sure if Koeman would have overlooked him for the upcoming friendly. He did mention he wants to build the team around young players but a good season for him never the less.

  16. Gravenberch starting for the U17’s and looks extremely impressive. Danced around a few defenders before curling a shot onto the bar.

    Ihatteren has looked good all tournament, and van Gelderen looks like he could be playing Eredivisie football soon.

      1. Italy come up with 2 screamers against the run of play to go ahead, but then Holland tie it up through Brobbey.

        One really good thing about Redan is that after the group stage he has been double-marked in every game, but he hasn’t been a brat about it, very good team player, as it has opened up space for his teammates to score.

          1. Holland ends up winning in a shootout again, Koorevaar clinically saving the first two penalties, and Holland scoring all 4 of theirs.

  17. Holland’s U17 team is the European Champions after a very good tournament. Knockout stages were a bit rocky, but got the job done in penalty shootouts which is a good sign moving forward.

    Koorevaar looked solid as keeper, conceding 3 goals in 6 games, 2 of which were screamers from Italy. The Ireland goal was the one that maybe he would like to have back.

    Van Gelderen and Hendricks look very mature, probably ready to play Eerste Divisie football.

    Wout Burger is the type of player you don’t see a lot, but he’s doing his job very well. Box to box midfielder, good pass accuracy, and clinical in the shootouts, hitting the side-netting each time.

    Ihattaren is our Ronaldo wanna-be of this generation, but I don’t mind. Confident on the ball, likes to run at defenders. More of a crossing winger, than a shooting winger.

    Summerville started well, but ended up losing his starting spot. He’s another winger who likes to run at defenders, but lost the ball a ton in his first few games.

    Redan looks like a phenom in the making. Great finisher, hungry for the ball, and good team player which I think is essential. Tied 2-2 in the final, he found the ball at his feet about 8 yards out and found a way to square it to Brobbey who’s shot was blocked. Making of a good leader.

    Brobbey looks like a good finisher, though he was the beneficiary of some well played balls from behind and beside him.

    1. Most Probably when this guys reach U21 level, that would be the best time to gauge their development going forward and plus Boadu to will interesting when joins. is the WC qualifiers next or they go through straight.

      1. Unfortunately next year’s European Championships will be used to determine who makes it into the U17 World Cup. Won’t be the same team.

        1. Brobbery, Maduro,Sumerville,Gravenberch and Hendrixs will be around I think. also Kenzo Goudmijn didnt get much opportunity in this tournament. Next year could be his tournament to shine.he is another hot prospect at AZ.Redan and Boadu will not be eligible.

    1. Tough choice because it was a team effort. Easily would have been Redan until he started taking on the role of drawing defenders.

      Wout Burger was near flawless, but Koorevaar saved 4 penalties as was nearly faultless all tournament.

      1. I agree with Derekvdberg, Burger was my player of the tournament for the Dutch. The work rate, the covering…plus his intensity and leadership; the confidence in the way he stepped up and took the first kick in all the SO’s. Van Gelderan looks like he has the makings of first rate CB; and Hendriks is hardnosed. (He can also take penalties.)

        Agree on Redan. He was targeted and kept at it. And if I were Feyenoord, I’d be very happy about seeing how Summerville and Ihaterren develop over the next few years as offensive players.

        Wonderful final. The Italian goals were beauties, and Ihaterren’s assist to Brobbey was excellent. First half was 0-0, but it was as good to watch as the second half.

        Final thought: Props to Van Wonderen. The team was well-organized and played with alot of grit and spirit.

        1. Burger reminds me of Paul Scholes, may not show up on the score sheet for goals or assists, not going to sell a lot of shirts, but is a vital part of the team.

          Really excited that Koeman is using van Wonderen as one of his Assistant Managers, shows that he is looking to use younger players in his plans.

          1. It is always a plus when you know your players inside out.this was also a success story for albert stuivenberg when he moved from the u17s to u21s but he went to join to van gaal at Man United in the middle of everything.

          2. Burger was horrible in the final, can’t link up pass, can’t control the ball, can’t tackle, feels like the weak link of the team lol

  18. Im fully hoping and fingers crossed Peter Bosz will take over from Lucien Favre at Nice. he could well salvage the careers of players like Clasie, Sinkgraven, Riedewald to name a few.

      1. I called it de vrij threw the game. He allows a penalty with 5 minutes remaining so inter can score the winning goal and go to champions league. Smart play by him

        1. Irresponsible of the coach to start him. Regardless of where de Vrij’s heart was, he can’t be put in that position. Every mistake of his in that game will follow him for the rest of his life, even if he had the best intentions.

          1. Inter is a better team and they proved it and deserve to be in CL. De Vrij is one of lazios better players and in a crunch game like this a coach will always wanna start with his best 11 and thats what happened.I was hoping Inter win as they have more depth with the incoming players.

  19. With Netherland U17 winning the trophy, here are a couple talents that I think has a bright future:
    Joey Koorevaar 17 GK Feynoord, this GK is probably our MVP of the tournament, he got great skills as a GK.
    Liam van Gelderen 17 CB Ajax, very mature CB,good header.
    Ryan Gravenberch 16 Midfield, what a talent he is, with him, we can forget about Bazoer, this kid just need to work on his finishing skills.
    Mohammed Amine Ihattaren 16 AM, silky skills and not selfish, reminds me a little bit of Ould Chikh, but I heard his mentality is pretty strong. I hope he does not end up like Ould Chikh.
    Kenzo Goudmijn 16 AM,he did not get much chance in this tournament, but he is very talented for sure, played well during qualification and already debuted for Jong AZ in Eerste divisie.
    Daishawn Redan 17 Striker Chelsea, well we all know what he can do now, he looks tired starting from the playoff though.
    Brian Brobbey 16 Striker Ajax, Strong and good finisher, I hope he does not end up being the next Gravenberch, he does look much more talented though.

    Not a fan of Burger though, didn’t do shit in the final, lost the ball often, can’t link up pass, and can’t tackle, hopefully I am wrong but he does look like our weak link in the final game.

    1. Also the coach of U17 is definitely top notch,he changed his lineup multiple times to deal with player form and opponent,also dealt well with our starting CB’s injury after the Serbian team. This is why I kept on saying the KNVB need to hire great youth coach for Netherlands youth teams, I would like to see him coach our U21 in the future.

      1. I think it more the talents he had at his disposal rather than him being a tatical coach plus the quality backup as well.the guy has very little coaching experience and like others is on the horizon to take his coaching career to another level.

        1. Well the talents is definitely there, it has almost always been there for Dutch U17 but only him and Stuivenberg are the only two who coached them right and won championship.

          1. As I said you have to know your players inside out. Kees Van wouderen has been around from 2015 and some goes for albert stuivenberg who also stuck around for considerate number of years before jumping to the U21s where he was reunited with his pals from u17s.Between them only marteen stekelengburg had the shortest stint coaching u17s and lost in the final of ECs 2013 if im not wrong.

            After every generational shift there certain players who still remain and are eligilble to continue to the next term and this are the players the coaches use to build the next squad with incoming next generation if they continue as coach.This is where the coaches tend to build up on mistakes ,forge new combinations, ideas and formations, compared to if you take a new coach who comes in and doesnt know anybody.something like what happened when stuivenberg left for Man United and adrie coster and then Fred grim took over the u21s. They end up doing thing which they like and wanna see. This is where it all starts to lossen up.

            Jus recently Erwin Van der looi was annuonced to be the new u21 coach. What would you expect from him. He may only know Bacuna and his son Tom very well or may be ludovit Reis if he decides to call him but the rest he will end doing what others were doing. Expermenting who fit better and so on. Now if van wouderen has to come in as coach when the current u17s reach the u21 level, I mean you know what to expect.

          2. Dwight Lodeweges would have been the best option for U21 coach but he has joined koeman with van wouderen as assistant coach of Dutch team. He had a good insight view of U20 players who would go on to join the U21s after being their coach from 2016. I hope jus like van wouderen, Dwight Lodeweges too will get to assist erwin van der looi at some point.

            On the other hand you can easily project what koemans plans are for coming years especially when he has van wouderen and Dwight Lodeweges as assistant coaches who have good insight knowledge/views on youth players coming up the ranks. This coincides with what koeman stated when he took over the job to build the dutch team around the young players.

  20. Gents,

    not sure how you feel but I have zero interest in coming WC-2018. I will watch it but there is no excitement like previously. I will support Iran and I guess you know why 🙂

    1. I’m just cheering for all the underdogs. Lets go Egypt.

      But then I want a country like France or Brazil to win. Not a rival, and not a new country.

      1. well Messi and Argentina has been the talk of the town in almost all the football shows especially ESPN and again like all other WCs, they want to put the gun on Messi’s Shoulder. even at one stage Dybala was under the clouds for selection as he didnt look comfortable playing with Messi , which he also had reiterated openly. his selection pretty much came after Aguero Fitness came under spotlight since his injury at City.

        On the other hand Icardi is very lethal in the air and which also has been his trade mark for Inter in Seire A. Higuan, Dybala, Messi are all average in the air as they pretty much like ball to the feet and when you have Di Maria on the wings who will be running riot, you have to have strikers who can meet the crosses and this is where Icardi could have given them the upper hand.

        they have take heed from WC 2010, 2014. Messi needs to acknowledge he singly handed cannot lift Argentina to the victory. During knock out stages it will get difficulty. he needs to acknowledge others around him and utilize them as well rather trying be one man army. everybody from players to coaches need to understand this and take it on board.if not, this will will again return empty handed.

          1. Plus Maxi was cheater as accused by his then wife wanda nara. Looks like Icardi jus offered his services in heights of the turmoil.

          2. i hope Icardi and John terry were friends forever.Who is better i dont know…Then comes Ryan Giggs..

    1. Lisandro Magallán. I mean if Man city scouted Philippe sandler as a top prospect in making what the hell was overmars doing. I dont think maximilian wober also hasnt lived up to expectation after arriving last season.

      Rick van drongelen could have another and cheaper alternative given he has played both in eredivisie and bundasliga.

        1. They really got to stop doing that. They should buy high quality young Dutch talents instead of already matured average south Americans. Better for their team and Dutch football

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