Terence Kongolo was arguably the biggest surprise in the FIFA World Cup™ squad named by Louis van Gaal. After all, while the 20-year-old Feyenoord defender’s ability has long been noted, it was only in the final months of the season that he became a regular in his club team.
Now, a season which, for the most part, was spent warming the bench will end with Kongolo heading to Brazil with his country’s biggest names. The centre-half does at least have plenty of experience of international football at youth level, having represented the Netherlands at various stages from U-15 to U-21.
And while he is unlikely to feature in Van Gaal’s starting XI in Brazil, look out for this athletic young defender becoming an increasingly important player for both club and country.