Robin van Persie’s son Shaqueel hits screamer in Feyenoord’s youth game against Ajax / Dutch talent shining through again


Like Father…

There is a wealth of footballing families circling the modern era of the game from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool, Bradley Wright-Phillips in LA and Giovanni Simeone in Cagliari.

These established first-teamers needed to come through the youth setups and usurp the competition despite their famous family name. Many try and many fail but scoring a couple of screamers along the way is never a bad thing.

This is exactly the case for Robin van Persie’s son Shaqueel who in an under-15s game for Feyenoord against Ajax came up with a wonderful overhead strike.

The technique would have made his father very proud. The goal was a highlight in a game full of quality. The tie between the two Dutch sides displayed the level of ability youth players need to have at such a young age to make it.

Another young star, Aymen Sliti, would have made Lionel Messi nod in appreciation with the close control on show taking on countless players before slotting home.

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Burgeoning Oranje

Reaching the final of the Nations League in 2019, the Oranje have set their sights on pushing forward for the European Championships in 2021.

The Netherlands have now moved on from the quality which led them to a World Cup final in 2010. Arjen Robben, van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-jan Huntelaar are but a memory.

The hope now rests on the onrushing talent from the Eredivisie. Some have travelled abroad and some remain but when brought together the side is threatening.

Within the homeland, talents like AZ Alkmaar’s Calvin Stengs and PSV’s Donyell Malen represent a future frontline. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have employed Donny van de Beek and Steven Bergwijn respectively.

Donyell Malen of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo at the Phillips stadium on October 06, 2019 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands(Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Joining van de Beek in midfield is Barcelona’s midfield maestro Frenkie de Jong but the highly-rated AZ number 6 Teun Koopmeiners waits in the wings for his opportunity.

In defence, Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk commands alongside Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt. However, furter reinforcement from Manchester City’s Nathan Ake is available. Atalanta’s Han Hateboer is an exciting attacking right full-back and another AZ hopeful Owen Wijndal has now made his debut on the left.

The Netherlands represents the ‘go to’ nation for rising talent and further excitement is still to come.

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