Tottenham’s Micky van de Ven faces a tough challenge to secure a spot in the Netherlands national squad.
He believes that Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the player to look up to and surpass to become a regular. Van de Ven made a move to the Premier League from Wolfsburg for £34.8m and has impressed with his solid defensive performances for Tottenham this season.
Despite his strong showings, Van de Ven has yet to secure a spot in the Netherlands squad due to strong competition in central defense.
He recently made his full debut for the national team but faces competition from players like Matthijs De Ligt, Stefan De Vrij, and Sven Botman, all vying for a place in the national squad alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Van de Ven recognizes Van Dijk’s status as a role model and wants to emulate him. He acknowledges the challenge of breaking into the national team, given the high quality of Dutch center-backs in the Premier League.
Van de Ven and Tottenham aim to extend their unbeaten start in the Premier League when they face Chelsea.
Despite their success, some, like former Arsenal player Paul Merson, predict a surprising result in the game.