A look at which Dutch players could be on the move in January to cement a place in the Netherlands squad for next summers World Cup.

  • By Michael Doodeman
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heitinga cIt’s that time of the year again, a time of transfers that can make you smile or cry, it’s the January transfer window. Most importantly, it’s the last transfer window before The World Cup, which can dictate which players Louis Van Gaal will take along with him, and what form they are in. In order to fully bolster and strengthen this year’s squad heading to Brazil, some transfers may need to take place, they are the following:

Johnny Heitinga: “The Everton player of the year”, yet Johnny hasn’t seen the pitch once in this year’s English Premier League campaign. With the defense being a weaker component of the Dutch side, Heitinga with his wealth of experience and leadership, would certainly stabilize the back four, however, only if he’s in form. It’s simple, he needs to play, and with Roberto Martinez in charge, he has secured a spot only on the bench. It is rumoured that a couple teams from Serie A have shown interest, which is why it’s crucial for Mr. Heitinga to make his move to Roma or Fiorentina. à Roma or Fiorentina.

Wesley Sneijder: It’s simple, if the Oranje want to go far this year, Wesley must replicate his impeccable form of the 2010 World Cup. Van Gaal has stated before, that Wesley would benefit in many ways through a move to one of the top EPL teams. Wesley is slowly becoming the player he once was again after several fine performances for Galatasaray, but to truly become the old Wesley Sneijder, he should now move on and play with some of the best once again in England. He has been heavily linked with Manchester United year after year, but this January may be the time for the real move. Sneijder will play in an elite league, he will be closer for VanGaal to watch, and he will also play valuable matches linking up with Robin VanPersie to better their relationship heading into Brazil. à Manchester United or Chelsea

Bruno Martins Indi: Martins Indi’s playing time is not really in jeopardy however it’s more about where he’s playing opposed to how many minutes he’s playing. I think the majority of people can agree that Martins Indi’s best position is not at left back, however, he is playing several games fulfilling that role with De Vrij and Mathijsen occupying the two central defensive roles. When Martins Indi plays in the middle, he can be very impressive, however at Feyenoord, his time is very limited in the middle, which is why a move may benefit him. He has been linked with EPL teams in the past, a switch to the EPL will enable him to play at a higher level and it will give him a role in his preferred position. à Everton/??

Ibrahim Afellay: The former PSV captain, has been hit by injury after injury. He has returned to the training pitch after his last injury, but his spot in Barcelona’s squad is slim to nothing. If Afellay hadn’t been hit by all these serious injuries, he looked on track to become one of the best wingers in the world, but series of injuries have been a huge obstacle sort of like the story of Marco Van Basten. Mr. Afellay would greatly benefit from joining a good club that will give him lots of playing time to give him any chance of going with the Oranje to Brazil. à ??

Other transfers could entail, Kevin Strootman to Manchester United as rumours have stated David Moyes will put forth a large bid to capture him. Tim Krul could move to a larger club in the EPL, perhaps Arsenal, to stabilize the goalkeeping situation in London. HUP HOLLAND HUP!!

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