When it comes to Everton and their recent history with Dutch footballers and coaches, things haven’t tended to turn out very well.
You only need to look at their spell under Ronald Koeman who failed to steer them back towards European football.
When it comes to the field of play, things were hardly any better. The Toffees have had the likes of Johnny Heitinga, Martin Stekelenburg, Royston Drenthe and Davy Klaasen, all of whom never really set the world alight.
Therefore, the idea of signing more Dutch players may be a worry for Everton fans. History dictates that it won’t go well but this is a new Everton side under Rafa Benitez.
They have been linked with Denzel Dumfries on a relentless basis throughout the summer and judging by his form at Euro 2020, he’d be an excellent recruit.
However, they could unite him with his international colleague, Stefan de Vrij.
The centre-back was touted with a move to Goodison Park last week and if they both sign on the dotted line in Merseyside, Benitez could have a scary duo on his hands.
The pair haven’t played much together but they have both established a relationship while playing for the Netherlands.
De Vrij featured in four matches during the European Championships, earning a place in the starting line-up following an impressive campaign in Italy with Inter Milan.
The £45m-rated defender completed a whopping 93.8% of his passes and won two aerial duels per game. In the process, ESPN reporter Van Rijswijk said: “Let‘s face it: great defender when he was at Feyenoord. But one of the best defenders in the world and the best defender of Serie A. Nobody saw that in him.”
Former Lazio defender Mauricio once hailed him as a “monster” which just goes to show the impressive nature of De Vrij’s power.
Combine that with a rampant player of Dumfries’ quality and you’d have quite the Dutch duo in Everton’s defence.
He scored twice at the Euros and was relentless in his desire to bustle opponents to one side and get forward.
Everton’s defence wasn’t the most consistent of components last season so adding these two players to their ranks would be impressive work.