Tottenham defender looks to help Dutch national team in Euro 2024 battle

Four Spurs players are currently fighting for European glory alongside their international teammates, and for one defender the job just got a lot more difficult.
Netherlands v Austria: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024
Netherlands v Austria: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024 / Dan Mullan/GettyImages

Spurs brought in a significant amount of talent over the past two transfer windows, and perhaps no other player has stuck to the headlines more than Dutch defender Micky van de Ven.

Coming to the Premier League from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, many fans were at first skeptical of the deal, and whether or not VDV would be able to hold up to the rough and tumble of English football.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old arrived and started things off by quickly proving he could not only fit into, but flourish under the pressure and challenges of a full-length Premier League season.

Now the fastest player ever recorded in the Premier League, and at such a young age, Micky van de Ven is looking to be a main-stay player in North London, so long as no other club comes along to sweep him up.

His spectacular performances this past season ultimately earned him a spot on the Netherlands' Euro 2024 roster, where VDV has been competing over the past few weeks as he represents his country and looks to solidify his spot amongst a roster riddled with talent.

This week, however, the Dutch encountered a strange turn of events, as they fell 3-2 to Austria in their final day of group stage play. The unexpected loss saw the side in orange drop from first to third in their table, stripping them of a guaranteed spot in the knockout rounds.

Micky came on for Nathan Ake in the 65th minute of play with his side down 2-1, and though a late goal from Memphis Depay helped the effort, an opposition goal just five minutes later ultimately sealed the team's fate.

VDV's side will still advance, though, as they currently sit atop the list of four third-place teams who will travel further in the competition. Nevertheless, the loss may very well shock the team's confidence and could put them on a course for disrepair if they don't work to get themselves back on track immediately.