Netherlands – No alarm but a few alerts: even in selection, Wijnaldum (PSG) is no longer in a chair

Four tenure in August and then… only two since the beginning of September: Georginio Wijnaldum is not having a dream start at PSG. Far from there. Moderately convincing when he had the opportunity to show himself, ahead of Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera in the hierarchy, the Dutch midfielder must be satisfied with crumbs. He was only entitled to 35 minutes of play, cumulatively, over the last three matches in Paris.

Very, very far from what we expected at the time of his signing, in the face and beard of FC Barcelona. Admittedly, the late arrival of Lionel Messi has considerably reshuffled the cards in terms of balance in the workforce and on the field. Admittedly, Mauricio Pochettino has asked for patience for the 30-year-old, who needs like a lot of a period of acclimatization. But it’s not just PSG, there is the selection too. And if Pochettino puts it into perspective, Louis van Gaal is also very closely concerned by this situation.

Of course i’m worried

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“Of course I’m worried, confessed last Monday the coach of Oranje in a press conference. I discussed it with him when he arrived today. But the alarm hasn’t sounded yet. There are players that I have real confidence in. ” And, good news for Wijnaldum, he is one of them.

Louis van Gaal (Netherlands)

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What could be more logical. We are talking about a player who weighs 82 caps and 26 goals for the Netherlands. From a midfielder who started 42 of the last 50 matches in his country, which he represents almost without interruption since the 2014 World Cup, after having been entitled to crumbs in 2011. From a leader who took the captain’s armband in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, from November 2020 to the end of the Euro.

From there to say that the ex-foal of Jürgen Klopp does not have to worry, there is a chasm. Because his too low playing time at PSG is combined with other factors that could, in the more or less long term, lead to his downgrading. Starting with the competition, of course. Since taking office, Van Gaal has trusted the trio Wijnaldum – De Jong – Klaassen in the midfield.

The rebirth of Klaassen

The Barça player is indisputable, as he has progressed in recent months. The midfielder of Ajax Amsterdam, he lives again in selection. Summoned but not used by Frank de Boer during the Euro, Klaassen started all the matches of this new Van Gaal era. Four matches for three goals and an assist …

Davy klaassen

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Behind, there is Guus Til (23) recently scorer against Turkey and holder in Latvia on Friday, while Wijnaldum was suspended, or Ryan Gravenberch (19), holder of Ajax Amsterdam. Without forgetting the most experienced Marten de Roon (30 years old). A competition that existed before, but which could become more and more pressing.

Wijnaldum is still one of the leaders of this selection, obviously. But, as we mentioned above, he returned the armband to Van Dijk, to become vice-captain again. If we focus on the game, he also fell back a notch with the end of the system in 3-4-1-2, where he often played in support of an attacking duo, for the return of the 4-3-3. Wijnaldum is still decisive, as evidenced by his goal against Montenegro on September 4.

But Klaassen’s statistics and projections make him the most attacking midfielder for the Oranje in recent encounters. With the Netherlands as with Paris, the native of Rotterdam will therefore have to deal with the competition. And shine a little more in the shadows, even if he was never the one who took the most light.

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