Player Report: Two Outliers and Offensive Poverty after mediocre showing

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Player Report: Two Outliers and Offensive Poverty after mediocre showing

The Dutch national team was not even able to score a monster score against football dwarf Gibraltar on Monday evening. Ronald Koeman’s team reacted after a penalty in France with a ‘small’ 3-0 victory. VoetbalPrimeur hands out report marks to the Orange after an unexciting European Championship qualifier.

Jasper Cillessen – 6: Is Cillessen eligible for an assessment at all? The goalkeeper did not have to make a single save and played into his central defenders a handful of times. Nothing done and therefore flawless: a pass for a keeper.

Denzel Dumfries – 7: Dumfries’ effort will never lie. The wing defender regularly created an overlap and thus provided some variation in the attacking game of the Orange. With two assists, he had an important share in the victory over Gibraltar.

Matthijs de Ligt – 6.5: Together with Virgil van Dijk, De Ligt had to stop Gibraltar striker James Coombes, who was on an island for the entire match. The center defender had no child for the 26-year-old striker of FC Bruno’s Magpies. After the red card for Liam Walker, the visitors played completely without a striker and De Ligt no longer had to take action.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5: The same can be said about Van Dijk as about his partner in the heart of defence. For the defender, the duel with Gibraltar must have felt like a walk in the park. The fact that he was unable to do anything in standard situations is the only thing Van Dijk can blame himself for.

Nathan Aké – 8: Perhaps the most dangerous attacker of the Dutch national team in the second half. Aké tested the Gibraltar goalkeeper several times with his head. Shortly after the break, the left back signed for the liberating 2-0, while also taking care of the final chord.

Mats Wieffer – 7.5: A creditable debut for Wieffer, who had sent 46 more passes at half-time than any other teammate. The Feyenoord midfielder divided the game and defused Gibraltar counters with interceptions. It is to be hoped that he does not suffer too much damage from Walker’s attack.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5.5: Just like against France, Wijnaldum was anything but convincing. The attacking midfielder barely appeared in the game and when he did, he often slowed down the game. Before the break he came into a promising position a number of times, but was far too restless in the finish.

Memphis Depay – 6: A new position for Memphis, who was placed behind the striker by Koeman. The Atlético Madrid attacker caused some frivolities and tried to bring creativity into the game of the Orange. Still, Memphis did not come out of the picture. He did, however, put the Dutch national team on the right track by heading the 1-0 against the ropes with his 44th international goal.

Steven Berghuis – 5.5: Berghuis was locked up on the sidelines. The Ajax player was given very little space and could not make a difference with individual actions. Before the break he gave no less than twelve crosses, of which only two reached a teammate. After the break, Berghuis stayed behind in the dressing room.

Wout Weghorst – 4.5: It was not Weghorst’s match. Playing as a striker against Gibraltar and not scoring: is that actually possible? The striker, who has the confidence of Koeman, certainly had opportunities, but he was very unhappy in the completion. Erik ten Hag must also have seen that Weghorst even has trouble with the Gibraltar defense duo.

Xavi Simons – 6: Simons really wanted to, but sometimes passed himself by. The playmaker, who, like Berghuis, usually acts in midfield, was barely involved on the flanks.


Cody Gakpo – 6: Gakpo was fresh enough to play a half after a food poisoning. In that half he was unable to make much of an impression and was unable to attract the Orange game.
Donyell Malen – 6.5: Unlike the other wingers, Malen created some form of threat. The Borussia Dortmund attacker was eager to prove himself to Koeman and at times formed the tandem with Dumfries from their joint PSV period.
Daley Blind – x: Subbed for Wieffer in minute 63 and played too short for a rating.
Davy Klaassen – x: Subbed for Memphis in minute 63 and played too short for a rating.
Tyrell Malacia – x: Substituted for De Ligt in minute 77 and played too short for an assessment.

Ronald Koeman – 5: A failed comeback for Koeman, who lost face in his first international week. Prior to the international match, the national coach said he was convinced of a 4-3-3 system, but the Dutch national team appears to be paralyzed. Did Louis van Gaal get it right after all, or should Koeman be given time? We will know again after the Nations League games in June.


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