‘Timber, Blind and Bergwijn seem certain of basic place in Orange’

Jurriën Timber, Daley Blind and Steven Bergwijn seem to be the only three Ajax players at the moment who are ‘certain’ of a basic place with the Dutch national team. That writes The Telegraph Friday morning. The newspaper writes that national coach Louis van Gaal was ‘very unusual’ and revealed nine of the eleven base places during training.

At the moment there would only be question marks behind the name of the goalkeeper and the name of the player who will play in midfield next to Frenkie de Jong. Van Gaal could opt for Remko Pasveer as keeper, although Andries Noppert may seem to have the best papers: ‘It was striking that Andries Noppert, the sober and so far international goalkeeper of sc Heerenveen, made the best impression and attracted the most attention. received from Hoek,” said the newspaper.

The three central defenders appear to be Jurriën Timber, Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Aké. The Telegraph speaks of a loud laugh for Matthijs de Ligt. “Who is adored at Bayern Munich because of his good game and will have noticed, rubbing his hands, that Timber shared in the malaise at Ajax.”

Blind is also expected as a basic player. The Telegraph saw the left-footed defender being passed at Ajax by trainer Alfred Schreuder, although this remains ‘apparently’ without consequences for the Orange. If the signs are not deceiving, the routine is “just” the left wingback, read: outer midfielder. Denzel Dumfries, who was injured much less seriously on Sunday than initially feared, fulfills that role on the right.’

Berghuis not sure of base place in Orange

In midfield, the question is who will play next to De Jong. Teun Koopmeiners is an option, just like Ajax player Steven Berghuis. ‘The Ajax player did an excellent job in the remainder of the game (with Poland, when Berghuis quickly came in as a replacement for Koopmeiners, ed.) and against Belgium, after which the conclusion was drawn that Koopmeiners is more suitable against stronger opponents and Berghuis more against weaker opponents. A lot will therefore depend on how Van Gaal assesses Senegal’s qualities.’

At the forefront, at least against Senegal, Steven Bergwijn and Vincent Janssen are in the forefront. Cody Gakpo seems to be the ‘ten’ with the Orange. ‘Based on Thursday’s matches of eight against eight, Cody Gakpo also seems to be able to prepare for the Dutch World Cup kick-off. The PSV player can provide excellent statistics in the Eredivisie and seems to have convinced Van Gaal of his added value as number 10 in Orange.

Probable line-up Orange against Senegal:

?; Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Blind; ?, De Jong; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Janssen.

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