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Team profile: The Netherlands and a strong potential
May 31, 2021, 6:35:00 AM

Team profile: The Netherlands and a strong potential

The Netherlands is seen as one of the big picks to win big in the coming European Championships this year. The team is filled with talent and they are eager to see the end of 2021 with a title in the upcoming tourney.

There are many better teams out there such as Portugal, England, Germany and Belgium. However, the Netherlands still have a chance to win thanks to their diverse roster and efficient playstyle that can give them an edge.

The team looks to come up with a winning run in the Euro tourney even if they are missing their lead star in Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool star is yet to come back from his injury, and coach Frank De Boer has already axed him out of the 33-man team, meaning that he is unlikely to make a return this June.

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Looking at the Netherlands’ roster

It falls down to the other players to make sure they get a fair shot at the title. After all, there are so many great teams to play against, and this should be a win for the team to make sure they can still pack a punch against many teams.

The goalie side should just be fine for the team with the likes of Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Tim Krul (Norwich City) and Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam) on the roster. The team has seen success with the trio and they could prove to be crucial once more.

Along with the defensive part from the likes of Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan) and Denzel Dumfries (PSV Eindhoven), the team could actually have a much easier way of working it out in keeping the defensive end.

Also, Jurrien Timber (Ajax Amsterdam), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Joel Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar) would be a great boost for the team should there be injury problems as well. They also have what it takes to step up when they are needed the most.

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The offensive end for the Netherlands

The midfield side led by Frenkie de Jong (Barca), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen (both Ajax Amsterdam) and Teun Koopmeiners (AZ Alkmaar) will also be a force on the offensive end. These are elite level players. 

Both Donny van de Beek (Manchester United) and Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) would also be a force to be dealt with in the passing lanes. They are both reliable stars for their own clubs and could turn the tide for their games.

The forwards are also quite deadly this time. The likes of Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais), Cody Gakpo and Donyell Malen (both PSV Eindhoven) are all effective scorers and can score the needed goals for the team. They can drop those goals and even find their own ways to the box.

The Netherlands look to secure a strong finish in the competition. It would be a chance of a lifetime for them to beat the odds and make sure they get the best shot at winning the Euro contest. Their first match in the upcoming tournament is against Ukraine in Amsterdam.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA