‘Then you become the laughing stock’

Friday, June 10, 2022 at 12:45 pm• Wessel Antes • Last update: 13:23

Johan Derksen is bothered by Noa Lang’s body language. After the Nations League match of the Dutch national team against Wales (1-2), the winger was again the subject of discussion at the table on Thursday evening. Today Inside† Lang’s game failed to impress Derksen and his attitude irritated the analyst. Jordan Teze is also not doing well. The debutant could not entice his first appearance in the Orange shirt and, just like Lang, was passed through the mangle.

Lang, like a number of other reserve players, got the chance to show himself against Wales. The attacker formed a vanguard with Wout Weghorst and Cody Gakpo, but was unable to distinguish himself. “I like big-mouthed guys in interviews. I do not mind. But then you also have to make it happen. He comes onto the field like a star with an attitude as if he will arrange it for a while and then he doesn’t give a damn. Then you gradually become the laughing stock,” says Derksen. “If you act like that, you have to be there every game.”

Lang recently gave in his much-discussed interview with the Belgian newspaper The last news indicates that he is ready for the next step. The analysts of Today Inside doubt whether the wing player can handle the level in the bigger leagues. Derksen in particular wonders. “Is he ready for the bigger leagues then? I do not believe it.” Hélène Hendriks thinks that clubs will also look at other factors in whether or not to attract the flamboyant right leg. “I think his behavior has a lot of influence on that choice,” said the presenter.

René van der Gijp especially doubts whether AC Milan will offer a lot of money to Club Brugge to bind Lang. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport An agreement was recently reached with the management of the attacker of Club Brugge, which must cost at least 22 million euros. “At clubs like Inter or AC Milan they do two things. Sometimes they lay down a lot of money for a player that they know is going to make it one hundred percent. Otherwise they just rent it expensive. They often do this with South Americans, for example, renting for a year with option to buy. I think they’re going to try that with him too. Although I do not know whether Club Brugge will allow that.”

For Derksen, there were two players in the away game against Wales (1-2) who did stand out positively: Matthijs de Ligt and Stefan de Vrij. “Those are just two excellent central defenders, but the rest is a sip less. That Hateboer can’t give a shit.” Van der Gijp responds to this. “And that Teze is nothing.” Teze played his first international match for the Orange on Wednesday evening and was immediately allowed to complete the full ninety minutes. He received a yellow card in the second minute and suffered frequent loss of possession. Van Gaal was also not enthusiastic about the performance of the PSV player.

Hendriks jumps in the gap for Teze. “It was too light, but of course he did well at PSV this year.” Van der Gijp thinks that’s not too bad. “Where did he play at PSV then? Right back? Can he? As a central defender, of course, he only played because Ramalho got injured. Otherwise he would never qualify for a place in the center back. Van Gaal brought him in because he thinks he is such a good footballer at the ball. I do not see it.” Teze did write history with his yellow card: never before has a debutant in Orange received a yellow print so quickly. Until Wednesday, the record was held by Orlando Trustfull.


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