Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s hard work at Crystal Palace on loan this season has been rewarded with a place in Ronald Koeman’s first ever Netherlands squad ahead of friendlies later this month.
The youngster moved to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan having struggled for minutes throughout Jose Mourinho’s first campaign as Manchester United boss.
And he has enjoyed an enormously productive campaign under Roy Hodgson, making 23 club appearances and earning his first ever senior call-up for the Netherlands against France on August 31.
Following a continued string of dedicated performances, Fosu-Mensah has been rewarded with a place in Koeman’s first Netherlands squad for friendlies with England and Portugal.
Ronald Koeman has named his 25-man Netherlands squad for England and Portugal. First call-ups for Bizot, Hateboer, Til, Kluivert and Weghorst. No Vormer or Bergwijn. pic.twitter.com/ekyq3EInWS
— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) March 16, 2018
The defender has earned the right to be deemed much more than just a squad player for United having proven himself capable of navigating the gruelling, ferocious whims of Premier League football on a week-by-week basis.
He was sent to South London to mature as a player through minutes on the pitch and he has done exactly that. Leroy Sane, one of Manchester City’s best players this year, even claimed that Fosu-Mensah was the hardest defender he had faced over the last seven months.
And with Antonio Valencia turning 33 in August – combined with the fact that, at present, there are no viable alternative options in that position for Mourinho to choose from – he deserves a chance to show what he can do in a red shirt next term.