Name: Stefan de Vrij
International Caps: 12
Position: Central Defender
With Louis Van Gaal and Roberto Martinez both reportedly tracking the Dutch defender, Everton and Manchester United fans will be keen to assess their potential summer signing. The 22-year-old is expected to line up alongside Ron Vlaar and club team-mate Bruno Martins Indi in a 5-3-2 formation against Spain later tonight.
De Vrij is a player that has been on the radar of Premier League scouts for a number of years now. After the sale of Vlaar in 2012, the youngster was named Feyenoord’s captain at the tender age of 20. Standing at 6 foot 2 inches tall, the defender cuts an imposing figure in the club’s backline.
Having begun his career as a midfielder, de Vrij has retained a composure and confidence in possession even at the heart of defence. The defender is strong in the tackle and is blessed with a great positional awareness which often allows him to snuff out danger early. Those looking to sign the Dutchman will also be pleased to hear that the Feyenoord man is also capable of filling in at right back.
Like many promising young talents, de Vrij has been guilty of making mistakes at times. The 1-4 home defeat to FC Twente which saw the defender sent off perhaps stands as the lowest point of the youngster’s career to date. But even at the age of 22, de Vrij has already accumulated a remarkable amount of experience at the heart of Feyenoord’s defence.
After a proposed move to Lazio failed to materialise, de Vrij’s current focus should be on attempting to nullify the world champion’s attack tonight. If the defender impresses for the Dutch this summer, a move to the Premier League will probably transpire sooner rather than later.