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Roozekrans: Spurs striker Janssen, Man Utd defender Blind could benefit from copying Krul; Which way for Memphis Depay?

It's an understatement this season that the careers of Dutch internationals Vincent Janssen, Daley Blind and Tim Krul have not been going according to plan.

The promised strong-hold of the Oranje - Janssen and Blind - have failed to deliver and must now follow the example of Krul if they want to enjoy successful careers.

They must get out and boost themselves at a different level.

Janssen's Spurs struggles

It's a massive struggle for Janssen to find the net for Tottenham Hotspur. The former AZ Alkmaar striker simply wasn't ready to compete at the top level in the Premier League.

He played one season in the Eredivisie, became top scorer of the league (27 goals) and quickly moved on a dream transfer to Spurs.

Unlike his predecessors Ruud van Nistelrooij and Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Janssen didn't prove himself at the top of Dutch football.

With Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min ahead of him at White Hart Lane, it's better for Janssen to move.

Best for Tottenham to lend Janssen for a year, cause he still has a promising future. VfL Wolfsburg and Galatasaray showed interest in his services.

What's next for Daley Blind?

For Daley Blind, his days at Manchester United seem over.

Since the arrival of José Mourinho in Manchester Blind finds himself in the danger zone. At the beginning of the season he succeeded to claim a spot in the team, but he struggles to hold on.

Blind is a reliable player with a strong build up, but he doesn't fit the 'new United'.

He possesses the quality to be an important player for a large number of clubs, but comes up a little short of the 'real deal'. Probably United will sign more star players in the summer, and that will seal the fate of Blind.

The 26-year-old former Ajax star has had a proper three years at Old Trafford, but it's time to move on and become a top-line player elsewhere.

He might even be a good fit for Ronald Koeman's Everton.

AZ odd but right choice for Krul

A guy who already switched clubs during the season is Tim Krul.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper moved to Ajax in the summer, but that move proved to be unsuccessful.

Krul arrived injured in Amsterdam and wasn't fit until late October. In the first months of the season, Ajax manager Peter Bosz had given youngster André Onana a chance to prove himself.

And the Cameroonian did just that!

The 20-year-old Onana even decided not to join his country on their journey to win the Africa Cup of Nations, preferring to stay in the Dutch capital.

It gave Bosz not much reason to pass on him in benefit of Krul. So the Dutch international stayed without any minutes in the first team of Ajax.

In the transfer period, there was interest for Krul form Premier League sides, including Watford, but AZ made a surprising move to sign him on loan.

Last weekend Krul finally made his Eredivisie debut, conceding four goals against PSV Eindhoven in a 4-2 defeat.

Not really a great first impression, but Krul will get solid first team football in Alkmaar. Half a season to retrieve his form and be ready for the Premier League in 2017/18.

Which way for Memphis Depay?

Memphis Depay escaped Manchester to boost his career at Olympique Lyonnais.

His start wasn't that impressive though. L'Equipe awarded his performance of last weekend with a 2 out of 10.

Did Depay lose all his skill at Old Trafford? Or will he be able to revive things?

His debut goal for Lyon in Wednesday night's 4-0 victory over Nancy may kick things into gear, but he still might need to have a word with Mario Balotelli.

Hans Roozekrans
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