Originally Posted by chivu
Are you not naming the little De Guzman, cause you expect him to play for Oranje or did you just forget him?
No, I expect Nik to be the next young guy to play with the senior Nats.
My theory on DeGuzman is...he is waiting for his Dutch passport. This entitles him to be able to play in England, Spain, Italy etc. While I have no doubt he has a connection with Holland, as he has spent his formative years there, will that same connection be there when he is playing in Spain/Italy/England a few years down the road.
If he is as good as we all think he is, he will likely not remain in Holland. I think everything hinges on that passport. There is no logical reason why he hasn't committed to Holland yet. He has established himself with his club team and has caught the eye of the Dutch hierarchy. Why hasn't he committed?
I think he still wants to play with his brother and he is balancing that with the visibility of playing for Holland. He is looking at the lay of the land, as he knows once the decision is made, it's final.
We tend to overblow this situation as DeGuzman is a very good player (one article ranked him in the world top ten of young players) but we also have two very good young players who will soon be at the same league level as him. I think it is very possible for Marcel DeJong and especially Will Johnson to have Big Four careers.