Under the Radar: Heroes Who Could Make a Big Impact
The Netherlands 2022 World Cup squad announcement is a few months away from being named, and there are some under-the-radar players who should be included. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the World Cup.
Tyrell Malacia: New Man United Player
World Cup squads are usually announced around six weeks prior to the tournament. This may change with club football being played closer to the start date of the tournament. Barring injuries or bans, there are a few players that we expect to be certs for Louis van Gaal’s final Netherlands 2022 World Cup squad.
One of them is Tyrell Malacia. The young Dutch player joined Feyenoord’s youth teams by the age of nine, before progressing to make his senior debut at the club in a Champions League group stage clash against Napoli. In the 14 appearances Malacia made during his debut season of 2017/18, the left-back showed raw talent going forward and defensive awareness that gave him status as a highly promising talent.
It wasn’t until the 2020/21 domestic campaign however that he became a true regular in the Feyenoord starting lineup, making 33 appearances across the season. He provide his team with defensive stability and venom going forward down the left flank and the combination of attacking and defensive attributes led new Man United manager Erik ten Hag to immediately sign him. The young Dutchman has gained a reputation in the Eredivisie as a player who likes the physical battle with the opposition. If you’re betting online and you love your props, he is a player to watch and bet him to be booked.
Malacia’s breakout year was rewarded with a maiden call-up to the Dutch national team in September 2021 under Louis van Gaal. He compares himself to Dutch team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum.l Malacia believes that the decision to move to Manchester United will not be a barrier to the dream of playing in the 2022 World Cup. The 22-year-old player is waiting for the final announcement of the Dutch national team squad.
Ryan Gravenberch: World-Class Youngster
Ajax is world-renowned for producing world-class footballers. Their youth academy has and still produces some of the best players in the world both on tactical and technical levels. Ryan Gravenberch is arguably at the top of that list. He possesses both physical and technical attributes and is drawing the attention of Europe’s biggest sides including Real Madrid, Barcelona, and finally Bayern Munich.
Gravenberch primarily plays as a central midfielder right in the middle of the park, but can also be deployed in a deeper role to dictate play in front of the defense. Gravenberch is the youngest player in the history of Ajax to play a game in the Eredivisie, having broken the record previously held by Clarence Seedorf.
Bayern Munich has signed the 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder this summer on a five-year deal. He won three Eredivisie titles and two Dutch cups with Ajax and has played 10 times for the national side scoring one goal in the process. He will definitely become part of the starting lineup for Bayern and we will include him in our soccer picks and parlays.
What To Expect?
The Netherlands were the negative surprise last year at the Euro 2020, being knocked out by the Czech Republic from the round of 16 after winning all three games in the group stages. They enjoyed an almost perfect World Cup qualifiers stage, earning 23 points in 10 games and scoring 33 goals in the process.
They were drawn into Group A together with Senegal, Ecuador, and Qatar and we expect them to easily win their group. They will play their opening game against Senegal and they are priced at -155 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal-line is set at 2½.