Michael Bell takes a look at how the 33 players picked in Netherlands provisional squad fared over the weekend. Who strengthened their chances of being picked by Ronald Koeman on Friday and who should fear being axed?

Jasper Cillessen: As expected Cillessen was an unused substitute in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Malaga. However, his strong showing in the win over Espanyol in midweek should see him selected.

Sergio Padt: Groningen finally got their first win of 2018 beating PEC Zwolle 2-0. Padt kept a rare clean sheet and was barely troubled during the ninety minutes.

Jeroen Zoet: PSV’s number one has been reliable throughout the season but Saturday was an off day in the 5-0 defeat at Willem II. Zoet couldn’t get anywhere near any of the five goals, which included two penalties.

Marco Bizot: Despite AZ losing 2-1 away to Feyenoord, Bizot caught the eye with a stunning save to deny Jorgensen in the first half. He wasn’t at fault for either goal and is in a strong position to earn his first call-up.

Kenny Tete: Started Lyon’s 1-0 win over Caen on the bench and came on with nine minutes left. Didn’t have enough time to make a real impression.

Patrick van Aanholt: Scored for the second game in a row for Crystal Palace but it proved just to be a consolation in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea. Solid throughout the game defensively as well.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: Stayed on the bench for Crystal Palace’s defeat at Chelsea.

Nathan Ake: Bournemouth were no match for Tottenham who ran out 4-1 winners on Sunday. Ake made seven clearances, two interceptions, and won four aerials but couldn’t prevent his side from a heavy defeat.

Daryl Janmaat: The right-back had a tough Sunday as Watford were defeated 3-0 by Arsenal. Janmaat played 80 minutes before being substituted.

Jeffrey Bruma: Had a difficult afternoon on Saturday as Wolfsburg were hammered 3-0 by Hoffenheim. The centre-back struggled throughout the game and was booked late on.

Matthijs de Ligt: Was named Ajax captain for their tie with Heerenveen and nodded his side ahead from close range. Was then largely untroubled at the back as Ajax ran out 4-1 winners. Another more than solid performance from the 18-year-old.

Virgil van Dijk: The defender missed two good headed chances as Liverpool went down 2-1 at Manchester United. At the back he wasn’t his usual composed self but won five aerial duals and made four clearances.

Stefan de Vrij: Lazio needed a 94th-minute goal to earn a 2-2 draw with Cagliari. De Vrij was substituted with fifteen minutes left.

Hans Hateboer: Has been an ever-present for Atalanta recently but was benched for the win over Bologna.

Karim Rekik: Kept a clean sheet at the back as Hertha Berlin were held to a 0-0 draw by Freiburg on Saturday. Won five aerial battles, and made two clearances during a match that he was barely troubled.

Daley Blind: Not in the squad for Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.

Marten de Roon: Popped up in the 83rd minute to score the winning goal for Atalanta in a 1-0 win at Bologna. Provided plenty of cover for his defence throughout the game with more tackles than any of his teammates.

Davy Propper: Couldn’t prevent his Brighton side from going down 2-0 at Everton. He did help his defence out throughout the game with five tackles, two interceptions and three clearances.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Started Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on the bench but came on for the last ten minutes. He looked lively after coming on but couldn’t help his side equalise.

Kevin Strootman: Roma defeated Torino 3-0 on Friday night with Strootman playing 89 minutes before being substituted. A solid but unremarkable performance by the midfielder.

Donny van de Beek: Missed two good chances in the first half against Heerenveen but finally got his goal in the second half in Ajax’s 4-1 win. A typically energetic performance from the midfielder.

Guus Til: Struggled to make an impact against Feyenoord, making 0 key passes, taking 0 shots, and only having 32 touches before being substituted in the 75th minute. Not the performance he wanted to have with Koeman watching.

Tonny Vilhena: Put in an energetic performance in the midfield as Feyenoord beat AZ. Made four tackles and four clearances to help out his defence. Bossed Til in the middle.

Ruud Vormer: The 29-year-old was the hero for Club Brugge again on Sunday as he netted the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sint-Truiden. However, afterwards, Vormer stated he is struggling with an ankle injury and may be unable to accept a call-up.

Memphis Depay: Was given a rest on Sunday as he started on the bench. Came on after 66 minutes as Lyon beat Caen 1-0. He took three shots but didn’t net.

Quincy Promes: A rare off-day for Promes in Russia. Spartak Moscow beat SKA-Khabarovsk 1-0 but Promes missed a penalty before being substituted in the 78th minute.

Justin Kluivert: Was the best player on the pitch during the first half of Ajax’s 4-1 win over Heerenveen. Tore Denzel Dumfries apart time after time, but couldn’t provide a goal or assist. Will surely be in the squad based on this performance.

Steven Bergwijn: Will have been eager to put on a show against Willem II to seal his first call-up but Bergwijn couldn’t make an impact as PSV were hammered 5-0.

Steven Berghuis: Feyenoord’s player of the season so far had another solid showing on Sunday in the win over AZ, proving an assist and also hitting the woodwork.

Ryan Babel: Besiktas defeated Genclerbirligi 1-0 on Saturday with Babel playing the full ninety minutes and having another solid game.

Luuk de Jong: The striker has been in good form recently but had a night to forget on Saturday as PSV went down 5-0 to Willem II. It could have been so different had De Jong opened the scoring in the first half with an overhead kick which went just over the bar.

Wout Weghorst: The AZ forward is closing in on his first-call up for Oranje after netting a nice volley against Feyenoord on Sunday. The goal proved to only be a consolation but Weghorst caused Feyenoord’s defence lots of problems and could have had two or three goals.

Bas Dost: Started Sporting’s game with Chaves on the bench but came on in the second half to net twice and lead his team to a 2-1 victory. He has now netted 22 goals in 22 league games this season.

admin (6320 Posts)

Follow @Footballoranje_ on Twitter