Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has backed Daley Blind to make a potential return to Ajax during the ongoing transfer window. Both Alderweireld and Blind played together at the Amsterdam-based club and the latter has been heavily tipped to rejoin his former side after falling out of favour at Manchester United.
Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new manager of the Netherlands men’s national football side. The Former Dutch international was sacked by the Toffees in October following a poor start to the new season despite huge expenses in transfers.
Koeman, who has been without a job since then, accepted to manage the Netherlands national team. He signed a four and a half year contract, meaning he would oversee the Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022. He replaces Dick Advocaat who failed to guide the team to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup.
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Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has stated that the Liverpool players should take responsibilities for their current form.
Indeed the Anfield side has made an average start to the season and has conceded nine goals so far.
This has prompted many pundits to criticize the defence for not being good enough.
However, Ryan Babel believes that it is the players that are not taking responsibilities. He said that he could understand that the side may have trouble against the better team in the Premier League because of their defence but the players do not appear to give their best on the field. He said that as a player you should be ready to fight for your team and he does not see the Liverpool players doing just that at the moment.
In spite of the bright future that Ryan Babel appeared to have during his youth, he could never really live up to the expectations as the Dutch footballer made his way through various clubs around Europe but failed to become a world-class performer.
The biggest club that Ryan Babel joined in terms of trophies won was Liverpool which he signed for back on July of 2007 for a fee of around €12 million.
In 4 seasons, the Dutch footballer made 90 appearances and scored 12 goals as well as went on to receive various fines for his actions on and outside of the pitch.
During that period of time spent in Anfield wearing the Liverpool jersey, no piece of silverware could be lifted and he was eventually offloaded to the German outfit 1899 Hoffenheim.
Babel’s journey throughout a number of different clubs continued on but he failed to really make a mark and after just 1 or 2 seasons, he was always leaving or joining another team.
There was a point in time, when Ryan Babel said that it’s because of the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez that he failed to develop himself as a world-class player as the Dutch player said:
When Wesley Sneijder formed the integral part of the squad that handed Inter Milan the treble 7 years ago, few would have imagined him playing for a club like Galatasaray.
It is not as if the club – that can be in its own right said to be part of the giants of Turkey’s version of the beautiful game – is a “hi ho” outfit as such. It is just that given the Dutch man’s well known ability and quality, joining such a side at a time many believed was his prime seemed like an anticlimactic way of managing his talent.
Some quarters though will tell you he was bundled out of Inter as the Nerazzurri looked to young blood that could protect the legacy of the old guard. His exit happened three years after the treble success though and the debate of how obsolete he was set to become especially on the international scene sprang up.
Sneijder had before his exit from Inter, powered the Oranje side of Netherlands to the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup hosted by the rainbow nation of South Africa. He was part of the team that sent the Samba Boys of Brazil back home in the quarter-finals, defeated a Diego Forlan-captained Uruguay in the semis only to fall to arguably the best national side witnessed in the past decade – Spain – in the final.