Micky van de Ven’s performances for Tottenham are not going unnoticed back in the Netherlands, with Dutch journalist Suleyman Ozturk lavishing praise on the centre-back on the back of his display against Everton.
Since his return from his injury a couple of weeks ago, Van de Ven has eased back into proceedings and has reminded people of just why there is so much excitement around him.
The 22-year-old possesses the calmness and composure people would expect of someone who is around ten years older, with his centre-back partner Cristian Romero even describing him as one of the best defenders in the Premier League in an interview with The Sun last week.
However, Van de Ven’s most impressive attribute is undoubtedly his blistering pace, which is very unusual for someone of his frame and size.
Against the Toffees on Saturday, the Netherlands international turned on the afterburners to shut down attacks every single time an Everton player beat the offside trap to get in behind the Tottenham backline.
Micky Van de Ven is like Superman in a Rolls Royce
Ozturk has now relayed the praise that Van de Ven has garnered in the English press and given a glowing appraisal of the Tottenham man’s performance at Goodison Park.
The journalist said (via Voetbal Zone): “Van de Ven was singled out because they were all impressed by his speed. He easily defends spaces of fifty to sixty meters. Three or four times in this match he had a moment where he made up a significant deficit, including against Everton midfielder Jack Harrison.
“Harrison was about ten or fifteen meters ahead and then Mickey van de Ven turned on the turbo and overtook him and managed to prevent worse with a great tackle.
“Virgil van Dijk was once called a Rolls-Royce and Gary Lineker made this comparison again in the broadcast. They are really deeply impressed by his speed and the way in which Van de Ven now manifests himself week in, week out in Tottenham’s backline.
“He was also impressive against Manchester City a week and a half ago and now this match against Everton. It is unbelievable what kind of development he is going through now; he is a Superman in a Rolls-Royce.”
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Van de Ven’s acceleration is a huge asset to Ange Postecoglou’s side as it allows them to squeeze the opposition extremely high up the pitch without any fears of being caught out with a ball over the top.
While comparisons with Van Djik might be premature for now, the Tottenham man has certainly shown that he has the attributes to evolve into one of the best in his position within the next couple of years.