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Analysing the three key stars behind Holland's resurgence

 • by Football Whispers
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The Holland national team has been in something of a dark place over the last five years.

After a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, the Oranje contrived to miss out on not only the expanded Euro 2016 but also the 2018 World Cup. It was the first time in the nation’s history their men’s side had failed to reach two consecutive major tournaments.

Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind and Dick Advocaat all suffered their own humiliating failures in this period and were rightly moved on. In February 2018, the Dutch turned to Ronald Koeman.

It’s proven a wise choice. Koeman has integrated a host of young talent into his starting XI, most notably Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and future Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

He has also placed his trust in the mercurial Memphis Depay. The former Manchester United winger has been transformed at Lyon into an effective forward and he has been given the responsibility of leading Koeman’s attack.

So ahead of tonight’s Nations League semi-final clash against England, we have delved into the numbers to look at what de Ligt, de Jong and Depay bring to this new-look Holland side.

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