Dutch Transfers…

Here is my update on transfers. I will not even try to be “complete” in my analysis as I am a bit far removed from the actions and people like DRB and Alex and others will have much more insights than me.

So, I will start this thread and you guys can add to it, ok?

In general, the transfer market is a bit timid at the moment. It’s still early days, as the actions will go onto September 1 and some clubs will pounce late in the process.

New coaches usually bring new names. We have seen some action already by some high profile coaches, like Mourinho, Moyes, Cocu and Blanc. Cavani’s move to PSG and Neymar’s move to Barca are the biggest headlines. Barca is eager to sign Brazilian PSG defender Silva, but the PSG chairman said that if Barca approaches the player, they (PSG) will make an offer for Lionel Messi… And pay the 250 Mio euros which is in the contract.

The economic downturn will most likely have its impact. Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, Man United, Liverpool…they are all doing some business but major signings have not yet been done. ManU might sign Fabregas and Chelsea might sign Rooney, and once these things start to happen, the co-called caroussel will really kick into gear.

It always starts at the top. Napoli is spending their money and PSV is another big spender, what with the exit of Strootman, Mertens, Lens, Pieters and Toivonen.

The actions is limited in Holland though. PSV is changing tactics and is an exception to the rule. Most of you know I don’t have anything with PSV, but I have always been a big fan of Cocu and I think he might well be the real deal as a coach, like Frank de Boer. PSV got it wrong a number of times in the past and their sterile and elitist profile has always put me off. But their current actions on the transfer market are inspired (by Cocu no doubt). Signing Advocaat as coach last year was a coward’s act. Placing Cocu at the helm is more like it.


rekik psvKarim Rekik gets playing time as a loanie at PSV

And as PSV will allow young talents to shine (most likely) and support the Dutch cause, I am happy to give them the benefit of the doubt. Players like Wijnaldum, Depay, Jozefzoon, Narsignh, Maher and Schaars are always good value to watch.

PSV is also keen to score Jens Toornstra of Utrecht. The dynamic midfielder recently got his first Oranje cap in Asia. But Jan Wouters does not want to sell the midfielder so PSV will have to wait a bit.

Ajax is remarkably silent on the transfer market. Both in selling and in signing. Marc Overmars said it early on in this transfer period: we will not join in this madness (referring to the Maher option). Frank de Boer agrees: as long as no one leaves, we will not buy new names.
Siem de Jong gave a huge signal when he announced to want to stay in Amsterdam. His chances for the Oranje Brazil squad are obviously a factor. Frank de Boer hopes this will motivate Eriksen and Alderweireld to stay to. When Babel left, De Boer opted for Krkic and De Boer picked up Utrecht defender van Hoorn to cover for Alderweireld’s potential move. But as it stands, Alderweireld and Eriksen remain in Amsterdam. Eriksen could sign a massive deal with Leverkusen, but he aims high. And if the Barcelona’s or Man Uniteds do not bite, he will stay in Amsterdam. Should Eriksen leave Ajax, it seems Duarte will be his successor. De Boer and co popped the champagne when expensive Sulejmani left for Benfica, creating some space in the salary-budget.

Ajax does need to fear for Liverpool, as the Reds have followed both Eriksen and Alderweireld extensively. Brendan Rogers is only allowed to spend money when Suarez is sold, though, who is on the list of Real Madrid and Arsenal. De Boer wants to go for an internal option if Eriksen goes. Victor Fischer, Davy Klaassen or Lasse Schone can play in that role. Lerin Duarte of Heracles is an option too, although Ajax has some competition here from PSV.

SIEM stays

The Ajax skipper stays in Amsterdam

AC Milan is another club to follow Eriksen. They have offered the Dane 2mio Euros nett per season and are preparing a 16 mio Euro deal for Ajax.

The Oranje Selection for Brazil is also what keeps the Feyenoord talent in Rotterdam. Martins Indi and Clasie were both rumoured to move to London (Arsenal) but it appears that interest was not solid. Both players (and add Janmaat and de Vrij to that list) can count on a role in Brazil provided they will keep their starting berth. Italian striker Graziano Pelle might well leave. Italian, English and Russian clubs are on the prowl and if a good offer comes, I’m sure Feyenoord will let him go. One John Guidetti might well be his successor. Feyenoord does not have the funds to go berserk and Koeman will have to wait until a player leaves before he can move in. With Boetius, the left winger injured, Koeman does want to add Assaidi (not longer needed in Liverpool) to his squad and for now, that’s about it.

Darryl Janmaat frequents many lists in Europe, with Inter being keen to make a move. Feyenoord hopes that his Oranje ambitions will keep him for one more year in Rotterdam, and Feyenoord is preparing a new deal for the right full back, to extort a higher transfer fee, in case the player has a great World Cup campaign.

AZ and Heerenveen are the most active on the market, of the sub top. AZ has lost quite some good players over the last years and this summer prolific goal scorer Altidore (Sunderland) left, while playmaker Maher wears the colours of PSV. Verbeek is known to be a good picker of talent and with Jeffrey Gouweleeuw in Alkmaar and Nemanja Gudelj from NAC and Wuytens from Utrecht, Verbeek is creating his new team nicely.

At FC Twente, they refuse to play along in the game of expensive transfers. Top players Chadli and Tadic are still in Enschede, although the French media report that the Belgian winger might join his fellow countrymen Vertonghen and Dembele at Spurs. Central defender Douglas left for Russia, while Fer got his EPL transfer. The biggest signing is ex Feyenoord talent Ebicilio, who came on a free transfer from Arsenal.

kyle twente

Another young Dutch talent to be watched in the Eredivisie

Some remarkable news… With Royston Drenthe in the Championship to help Reading return to the EPL, we also see Quincy resurfacing after a Russian and Greek adverture. The former Arsenal youngster was one of the hot players in the Under20 Oranje squad in 2005.

Anderlecht is seriously eyeing Hedwiges Maduro. The former Ajax and Valencia player knows Anderlecht coach John van den Brom from his Ajax days.

The biggest “deals” till now is Kevin Strootman’s move to Italy and Van Ginkel to Chelsea.

His name was linked to Man United and Tottenham Hotspur for a while, but there was no offer coming from Albion so Roma picked him up.

Strootman: “I was always keen to move to England and I simply don’t know the Italian competition that well. But Mark van Bommel had a wonderful time in Milan and he told me a lot about the serie A and life and work in Italy. I kinda like the passion in Italian football and I think the lifestyle and playing style suits me.”

The midfielder doesn’t fear his spot in Oranje with this move. “Roma is a very strong team and the Serie A is a strong competition. I was really ready to move and I discussed it with Mr Van Gaal.”

Man City full back Maicon, deadly unhappy in England, will become Strootman’s colleague. Strootman was heralded as the new hero when he arrived at Roma Airport and if he ever returns to Sparta, he will be given a similar welcome as his transfer will add some much needed euros to the war chest of Sparta as well.

Marco van Ginkel to Chelsea is also a transfer that got people’s interest up. Who the hell is Van Ginkel and who the hell is Vitesse? In England, it’s only Ajax, PSV and maybe Feyenoord that have solid names. Although Twente and AZ have done well to establish their names. But Vitesse is like a branch or subsidiary of Chelsea these days. Vitesse puts players not longer wanted by Chelsea in the shopwindow and allows young talents to play regular games. So it’s quite simple for Chelsea to “scout” in Arnhem.


Marco van Ginkel clearly still in shock

Bony, the prolific striker, apparently wasn’t interesting enough for Chelsea (who have Lukaku already) but box-to-box midfielder Van Ginkel was high up on the Blues’ wishlist.

And why not? A diamond in the raw, the young midfielder. Tremendous athlete, in the Michael Ballack / Steve Gerrard mould. Good mentality, all round in skills. The only thing Van Ginkel needs to learn is tactics. He can be a bit rambunctious. Picking the right moment is key. Knowing when to take the pace out. Knowing when to go and when to stay (he should listen to the Clash).

With this season leading up to the World Cup in Brazil (excited already???), it’s key for our lads to have a solid spot in their teams. I prefer Sneijder to be a starter at Gala, than a benchwarmer at Chelsea, for instance. I believe Wes will have a cracker of a season, as will Rafa at Hamburg.

Van Persie, Robben, Vorm, Krul, De Guzman… I can’t see any problems there. Just as De Vrij, Maher, Janmaat, BMI, Blind, Vermeer, Huntelaar will have secured their spots at their respective clubs.

It will be less certain for Lens, Strootman, Elia, Fer and Van Ginkel, to name a few, but Lens and Strootman should be doing well.

We will be following the lads as per usual in the coming months but before the season starts, we will look just one more time at the 1988 Victory. After that, an indepth analysis of Oranje TODAY is in the planning and after that, we’ll see what pops up…

largestAssaidiDespite some promising performances it didn’t work out for Assaidi at Liverpool. Feyenoord wants the former Heerenveen winger








Anyway, I am really excited for next season.

And I am grateful to PSV and Twente among others for being able to keep or attract talent back to the home soil or keep them in Holland. Really keen to see Rekik, Ebecilio, Krkic, Maher and hopefully Assaidi perform….

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    1. Wilson..i am worried about dutch RCB spot with Devrij guys seems pretty slow,i cannt forget the goal of Dries martins goal aginst Devrij.its an achilles heel of NT.if he plays there IMO.
      About transfers im not worried about any of the transfers bar Ginkel to chelsea,kid will have to be at his best to be a starteer for such big spending club.
      I am sure stroot,Lenz are fighters and cocky so no one is going to mess arround with them unless they live a van dermade style of life..

  1. Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has undergone a trial at Dutch side RKC Waalwijk.

    Turnbull is available on a free transfer after being released by Chelsea earlier this summer.

    The 28-year-old found himself playing back-up to Petr Cech during his four-year spell at Stamford Bridge, making just 18 appearances for Chelsea.

    RKC Waalwijk are looking to bring in a new goalkeeper as Jeroen Zoet has returned to PSV Eindhoven after spending two seasons on loan at RKC.

    Turnbull featured for RKC in Saturday’s pre-season defeat to Rot Weiss Oberhausen in Germany.

    RKC coach Erwin Koeman will now weigh up now whether or not to pursue his interest in former Middlesbrough keeper Turnbull.

    1. Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien, 26, is closing on a move from Swansea to Brighton, while striker Leroy Lita is set to join Sheffield Wednesday.

  2. I think de Vrij is so underrated from dutch fans.
    I have seen marquinios who has moved from AS Roma to PSG for 35 million € and i can simply say De Vrij is better or at least at the same level.
    He is not fast , but he is smart enough to move earlier than his opponents.
    I am sure he will be a fantastic defender aside with BMI .

    1. Did u see Dries martins goal Vs Devrij?its scary.u cannt withstand aginst angel demaria,Neymar,Jesus navas,Reus,Ronaldo and Messi if u cannt stand Dries.thats the point.

      1. Hmm , well. Did you see jan venegoor of hesselink goal vs Ferdinand ” celtic vs Man utd ” 2006/2007 season ? 😀

        Actually i rate mertens higher than de maria.

        I judge a player from his games over the season , not from a game or two , plus , De vrij is still young and hopefully he will be better in the next season.

        1. @mohmed..WC is of 7 games.u need good individual to win a wc otherwise kuyt would have scored against protugal in 2006 or he would have scored in 2010.or braphied would have cleared ineasta.its all quality MOhmed.De vrij has everything except pace.that is very important in knock out games.
          At the same time zidane gave france victroy with desily,turam and blanc,Delpiero/toti gave it with cannavaro,de rossi and gattuso.and
          Brazil ronaldo scored a goal against dutch in 1998 and that goal literally lead us to shoot out…we need quality players in everyspot.who can score from half chance or who can defend from line.unfortunatly de vrij has a problem in speed.thats really scary..i really lik Devrij.but….

  3. scret dutch bombs are Seim dejong and lenz.Many(opponet0 would underate them ,but if they are given chance they will burry them if they get enough service..

  4. In 1988 it 1442 was the system and we won,why dont we go back to that style
    ——-Seim Dejong–Lenz———

  5. Guys I’ve read somewhere that Jong ajax, psv, and twenty have joined the Jupiler league (Dutch second division). So does that mean Jong ajax can actually be promoted to eredivisie and play against ajax first team?

    This seems strange and wonder how it works…

    1. No they can’t promote or relegate IIRC. They can’t win period titles either (winter champ title for example).

      There were some clubs in “Eerste Divisie” who went bankrupt (AGOVV and Veendam) and many clubs in the “Top Klasse” (one division under it, but ironically enough maybe with better teams in some cases) are not really willing to go to Eerste Divisie as there are rules in that division that make teams go bankrupt. That ranges from playing games on days when no fans will come cheering on their team, to being forced to have full pro players on the payroll, instead making use of their services as semi pro players. Despite all this, Achillis (Sunday Champs) did want to make the step (contrary to the Saturday Champs Katwijk, who are also the champs of all amateurs) and now they will play with 20 teams in the Eerste Divisie, instead of 18. 3 second teams from the big pro clubs in Eredivisie (PSV, Ajax and Twente) plus the Sunday champs Achillis from Groesbeek.

      Spain has the same construction. Barca and Madrid have their second team in the Segunda Division where even 22 teams are competing with each other over a season.


        1. The young ajax side that will be playing in the Jupiler league this season isn’t very good (with a few exceptions), The A and B side of Ajax are much better.

      1. Well, Veloso also didn’t start. But what is worrying is that it’s Gusev, who is originally a central midfielder, who played on Lens position…

        He’ll has to fight to win his place in the team.

    1. Good move for Barca. Guus speaks Spanish and would be the ideal ‘interim-pope” as we call these types of roles.

      Guus will change the team and do the hard work and leave, for a young coach (De Boer, Koeman, Enrique) to come in and lead in a new period of success

  6. I hope Meulensteen develops as a fine coach. The Dutch coaching ensemble could do with another big name. If Moyes fails at United and Meulensteen manages to become champ in Russia and do well in Europe, who knows what might happen.

    1. Does it mean from your post, that Meulensteen left ManU, partly because he was hoping for the job after SAF resignation and that he didn’t get it made him move over?

  7. Lens didnt even start?!! That’s bad.
    I actually think he can make it to WC2014 squad.
    He is strong, pacy and packs a good shot.

    I think Hiddink is on his way to Barcelona.
    Too much a coincidence.
    Hopefully he will sign Dutch players. 🙂

      1. I think it’s a very good move actually . he will play in a strong team and an excellent coach like schuster who likes dutch players 🙂 , with Isco to Real Madrid i think Afellay will have a big chance to play in the CMF position which is best for him and for Oranje .

  8. Going back to the defense question as an avid feyenoord supporter I would say while de vrij can be sloppy and indecisive he’s feyenoords best defender and I feel if you’re looking for a weakness I would look at bmi, he didn’t perform well last season… (Whether it’s him being at lb idk)
    Another point is I don’t know why people rate bruma so highly he hasn’t done anything to prove he’s better than de vrij, bmi, van rhijn and janmaat

  9. Does anyone know much about Jeroen Lumu? (DRB etc)
    because i have known of him since the beginning of last season and heard he is a special player, but i dont really follow willem , not unless arjan swinkels is there :)))

    1. laudrup was my first choice,luis enrique my second. i am agree with you and DRB about fdb: in 2016,after the next presidential election with laporta’s return he’ll be the optimal candidate for the job,but now he has important things to do in amsterdam. i dob’t know too much about tiki-tata martino,but his paraguy side didn’t play champagne football. he might be good,he might be barca’s wanderley luxemburgo.i would have prefered hiddink as a interim coach.in the last two days i was sure about luis enrique… it’s not yet official,but i am not the happiest person on earth with tata martino.with this decision rosell wanted to take more distance from the cruyff-laporta side.rosell is more and more like gaspert…

  10. Jan, I think TFC Ajax mean Nigel and BMI at the back. I do not see how Siem and Luuk can fit at the back. Heck, I was thinking maybe even Strootman can play as CB as well. That will open up another spot for another midfield (perhaps a creative one)?

  11. Cruyff has said many points that became thorns to Rosell’s mattress: why bought Neymar when you already have Messi as they are same type of player; Barca has to let Thiago play in the first team or risk losing him (and they chose to let him go to Bayern)…Picking this new Argentine coach is one way of Rosell to answer Cruyff’s criticism/opinions.

  12. Rossoneri chief Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club were unwilling to meet PSV’s €20 million valuation and ruled out signing a striker this summer
    AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has suggested that the club could not afford to pay the €20 million that Roma splashed out for Kevin Strootman this summer.The Dutch midfielder, 23, sealed a deal to join the Giallorossi on Wednesday on a five-year deal from PSV.Galliani admits that Milan were pursuing Strootman but claims that his side were not willing to offer up the eight-figure sum for the 23-year-old.”Strootman is a very strong player who we had tracked for a while, but did not have €20m for a player like him,” the Rossoneri vice-president told Sky Sport.”Roma did a great deal, though, as he is a player of the very highest level.”The Netherlands international relishes forming a partnership with the Roma icon and revealed it was an easy decision to make in joining the club Roma signing Kevin Strootman says he cannot wait to play alongside new team-mate Daniele De Rossi.Strootman, 23, recently completed his move to the Giallorossi after a €20 million switch from PSV and has been touted as a potential replacement for De Rossi, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea.However, the Netherlands international is hoping the Italian midfielder will not exit the club as he is keen to forge a partnership with the 29-year-old.”I have not talked to De Rossi but it will be an honour to play with him,” Strootman told reporters at his official presentation. “He is a player who grew up with the club.”We would find the best way to play together. Where I will play depends on the needs of the team. I am comfortable in any midfield role, and have played in defence and attack before.”I’m available to the coach, I can adapt to any role.”Roma will miss out on European competition after slumping to a sixth-placed Serie A finish as well as losing the Coppa Italia final to rivals Lazio, yet Strootman remained eager to embark on his new challenge.”Mine was an easy choice. I chose Roma because it is a great club, a world-class organisation. I spoke to [new Roma coach Rudi] Garcia and that was important to me.”I knew we wouldn’t play in Europe but Serie A has its own incentives, facing greats like Juventus, AC Milan and Inter. I know things haven’t gone well here lately but I’ve come to Roma to win.”[Carlos] Tevez and [Mario] Gomez, two great champions, have come as well. I’m younger than them and I want to grow to their level.”[Maarten] Stekelenburg told me the supporters can bring a little pressure, but that means there will be more stimulus. I was greeted in an incredible way, and will give the fans my all.”Strootman joins fellow summer arrivals Mehdi Benatia, Douglas Maicon and Tin Jedvaj to reinforce Garcia’s squad as they aim to get back into contention for European qualification.

  13. hey guys created a fantasy premier league for us on the barclays premier league website

    Bleed Oranje classic league code: 355721-91979

    Bleed Oranje head to head league: 355721-92311

  14. The Netherlands international admits he is proud to have been linked with the Nerazzurri but insists any potential deal is far from coming to fruition. Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat has admitted that he would be open to a move to Inter, but has stressed that the Serie A side have yet to make an official offer. The Nerazzurri are keen to add a new right-back to their squad and have previously been linked with players such as Mauricio Isla of Juventus and Gregory van der Wiel of Paris Saint-Germain. Janmaat is the latest name to appear on the Guiseppe Meazza side’s shortlist, but the Netherlands international is coy over the interest in his signature. “I have heard about Inter’s interest, but there’s nothing concrete as of yet,” the 24-year-old was quoted as saying by Voetbal International. “I don’t think that Inter have already contacted Feyenoord, so I’m calm and relaxed about it. “I’m feeling well at Feyenoord, but Inter are obviously a big club. I’ll just wait and see what happens.” Janmaat joined Feyenoord from Heerenveen in the summer of 2012 and has a contract with the Rotterdam giants until June 2015.

  15. Man Utd going after Fabregas is blasphemy! 41 million Euro and he won’t come. I don’t know why/how these teams think.

    They should think about Toni Kroos instead, he will most likely lose his starting spot for Thiago.

    Wesley Sneijder is available as well and he won’t cost nearly as much.

  16. Oke guys, Dutch U19 team have received a whooping from the Portuguese (who else). 4-1 loss. The biggest reason for losing by these numbers was due to a choice from the coach. he took out Ayoub, best man on the field. After that, we conceded 3 goals. He was holding things together, but apparently we have a clown at the helm that tries to outshine Cor Pot in stupidity.

    Worst players in no particular order:

    van der Hart
    Van Beek

    Kongolo was not solid either. Tete showed a moment that filled me with anger. Unacceptable behavior with one of the last goals, where he showed body language that he could not care, let his shoulders hang even béfore the cross was delivered by this Portuguese player. Really weird stuff and a big red flag in my book. These last two players (Kongolo and Tete) mixed good with bad moments.Vloet did score a screamer but his field play was horrible, so that is why I name him in the first group.

    Rest was not special either.

    Only player that left a positive impression on me was Ayoub. That guy has grit, battle power and footballing ability and a bit of vision. Good combination. I will be watching Utrecht for him at times.

      1. Yeah Woudenberg did not do something really wrong. I am not sure that was because of his quality or simply not being that much pressured. However I tend to agree with you that he looked solid. He did not create enough attacking sparks to say he was brilliant or something like that. He is also not known as a huge talent, but maybe he is a steady grower that could become of value one day.

    1. I agree with you DRB,Ayoub was the best player.I think he could play in the first team for Utrecht this season.Looking forward to that. He is quite technical also,has good turns.

      I also believe that Portugal was not THAT much better. They had luck,were more clinical and much more disciplined in defence.

      1. That was the worst thing. It’s the closest 4-1 you will see. With Gravenberch and Kongolo next to each other (instead of van Beek) and Ayoub playing the full 90, we could have gotten a draw or maybe even a win (debatable). However a draw was really possible.

        What a clown of a coach.

        1. agree..stupid coach…also darri shud start…although he is not as good as i had believed him to be..the number 10 is classy though…and achabar unfortunately had a v bad game by his standards..cud have scored easy goals but completly missed volleys and fluffed his lines..van der haart is not that bad a goalie..but the blunder shows that clearly the coach shud have made boy de jong first choice…he is class

          1. I’ve never seen that Ayoub playing, but let’s not to be so excited about dutch morrocan players. All their carreer choices are ridiculous.

            Kali was also really good this year with Utrecht, linked with Twente and Anderlecht, and finally signed to Roda…

  17. There was a rumour that Bale will be transferred from Tottenham to Real for 85M euro very soon. Imagine that Ajax or PSV or Feyenoord has that kind of money…

    1. yes … i think that is actualy gonna transpire…haha…real vs barca wud be epic …neymar vs bale etc…but obv bayern will still hand their asses to them

    2. The gap between the rich clubs and the more poor clubs will only become bigger. FFP will only secure the position of the current rich clubs as future clubs can’t leap to the top through a sugar daddy throwing a billion Euro’s on the table to buy players from in a time frame of 1 to 3 years. It’s one big phony that FFP. Bayern, United and those kind of clubs have their things in order and now they have forcing rules on the rest so they have to play their financial game. A game nobody can beat them at. That is exactly what they want. Being on top till eternity.

      Netherlands is probably the biggest loser in football as we did so well in the past. We were one of the biggest overachievers in club football with 6 CL titles, but had never the television market other clubs from abroad could profit from. Our big secret was educating players better than others but after Bosman all power is with the players. They can basically move wherever they want. Then came the English homegrown rule, so English clubs started to harvest the Dutch field for U18 players or even U16 players as they can’t be given a (long) contract. Now especially the EPL clubs are catapulted by the global enthusiasm for their league and with that comes more money, much more money. From the new international television contracts EPL clubs have something like 20 or 25 million Euro more to spend. This number will only increase even more rapidly. Soon, Ajax and PSV will not even be able to keep their players when the lowest clubs in EPL come knocking. We already see signs of this when Anita went to Newcastle and Fer this season went to Norwich. If you want to see how Dutch club football will look like in the future, you only have to look at Denmark. That is what we are heading for.

      However the most important thing is not to act from nostalgia, from a false self image or from too much pride. You have to act according the size of your wallet. Overspending now will only set clubs up for future weakness. I am looking at Portugal. Not sure how much hot air is in those clubs and how hard they will fall in the future. We already see Sporting making a dive. Dutch clubs must look at what they are able to do and the best thing is to build a new stadium that they can exploit by their own as it is their own. Television revenue is what it is. Maybe we can get international attention when we become the development center of the world where their future stars are prepared for the big work. However for Dutch clubs it is the stadium revenue where concrete gains can be made. If a Dutch club is financially independent from transfers, then they are strong in negotiations and can ask these foreign clubs a top money.

  18. guys , given that the NT has always been unluckily when it has come penalty kicks. what do you guys reckon, do we natural PK in the current squad and if so who would be the best five.

    1. First step is to recognize that missing penalty kicks is not due to bad luck. It’s a skill that must be trained. That’s why Dutch players must push to be the taker at their club. Need to take them in pressure situations and those can only be created in a real game at the club the player performs.

      Good penalty takers are:


      I know that Vilhena is a good one from the new generation. Heitinga can take one as well I think. Depay could be a good one maybe. Not sure yet about Maher.

      It’s a good question. Hope some other people can add with some observations.

      1. not sure if Kuyt still has what it takes to take deadly PKs.

        saw Nigel d’Jong taking one today against Juventus. top corner. really surprised he could pull that off. 🙂

        Robben… well, he’s often lost his concentration when it comes to 1on1 with GK (I count PK as 1on1). But he used to take PKs for Bayern, am I correct?

        Sneijder should try to take it more often. I think he has what it takes.

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