In less than a month, Netherlands are back in action and Michael Bell picks five players who deserve a call-up by Danny Blind.

In November, Netherlands face Belgium in a friendly before travelling to Luxembourg for a crucial World Cup qualifier. Danny Blind’s squad failed to impress in the defeat to France last week and below are five players the coach needs to consider for his next squad.

de-roon-midMaarten de Roon

After the defeat against France it was clear that Blind needs to re-evaluate his midfield and add a more defensive minded player to sit in front of the back four. Nigel de Jong is past his best, Jordy Clasie is out of favour at Southampton and Kevin Strootman has looked less than comfortable when asked to play in the role. The man who could be perfect in the role is Maarten de Roon, who really should have been given a call-up after his excellent form for Atalanta last season, which saw him end the Serie A campaign having made more tackles than anyone else. The 25-year-old is a terrier and would add some bite to a midfield which has looked lightweight and passive recently.

fer swansLeroy Fer

One of the glaring absentees from the latest Oranje squad was Swansea City’s in-form midfielder Leroy Fer, who has netted four times in seven games so far this season. The 26-year-old, who has 11 caps for his country, was strangely overlooked by Blind in favour of Siem de Jong, who didn’t appear in either of the recent qualifiers. Fer offers Blind much more versatility, being able to play either as a DM or in the number ten position. His height and strength is a quality that would have helped against France with Wijnaldum and Propper both bullied by Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi.

If Fer continues to impress for Swansea City then Blind has no choice but to call him up.

lens-fenerbJeremain Lens

Arjen Robben and Quincy Promes are Netherlands undisputed first choice wingers at the moment, but Jeremain Lens form for Fenerbahce recently means he would be an asset to the national team. Since his move to Turkey, Lens has provided four assists in three matches and only an injury suffered in his last match prevented him from being called-up for the ties against Belarus and France. The 28-year-old looks like a player full of confidence and that’s exactly what the national team needs right now.

haps-azRidgeciano Haps

Daley Blind and Jetro Willems appear to have the two left-back slots in the Netherlands squad nailed down, but the latter’s form for PSV recently has been disappointing and Blind should be considering Haps, who has been a star for AZ since the start of last season. The 23-year-old is a powerhouse at the back, making on average 3.6 tackles and 2.9 clearances per game, while he also loves to break forward using his excellent dribbling abilities. Haps doesn’t appear to be on Blind’s radar at the moment but he is the most in-form full back in the Eredivisie so far this season and its only a matter of time before he gets the call-up he deserves.

elia fey gronEljero Elia

Elia has struggled to maintain form and regular first team football in his career so far, but the 29-year-old looked unstoppable for Feyenoord at the start of the season, scoring three goals in the opening two games. The winger was then struck down by injury but should return to action in the next few weeks and should come into consideration for the games against Belgium and Luxembourg. If Elia picks up from where he left on then he definitely a better option than either Steven Berghuis or Memphis Depay at the moment and offers the directness and pace the Netherlands sorely need.




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