December 2013 Roundup
December; The month of gifts, both given and recieved, and festive cheer all around the country. A month in which the football season just starts to get good, and a month in which PSV faced some tough challenges domestically. After a shocking start to the month, losing to RKC, the side picked themselves up, once again asserting their European dominance with victory over Red Bull Salzburg, before a sketchy draw with Utrecht brought concern to Phillips Stadion: we were performing in Europe, but what about domestically? Dropping points was becoming far too common an occurence. The 2-1 win against Ajax ensured progression in the Cup, and with one final 2-1 victory, PSV ensured the year ended on a high. Below, this month's Player of the Month, Memphis Depay talks World Cup, Holland and the Title Race.
Playing for your country is something every aspiring young footballer dreams of. Those dreams don't dim as we grow older. I've picked a photo of me celebrating with Arjen as the focus of this column, because that goal was one of my proudest moments as a Holland international. Of course, the squad for the world cup is still entirely up in the air, but it's a squad I would be honoured to be a part of - and there are plenty others at this club who also deserve to be involved; Jetro Willems is one who I think could really make a name for himself at the tournament, and his performances this season indicate a boy who is soon to become a man.
Of course, that's the story of our squad right now - and with Alexander [Buttner] and Leandro [Bacuna] both joining in January, Tony has added some experience and fight to our young squad, and I think that's going to show in the second half of our season. There's a real desire in the camp right now, and nobody can see any reason we shouldn't come out on top in the title race.
One of the fans wrote to me last month, asking who I thought would win the World Cup, and one player i'd love to see at the club if we had unlimited funds, and who the best player is that we know won't be at the World Cup.
In answer to the first question, I think Uruguay have a lot about them, and also some amazing players, coupled with a great work ethic. With Luis Suarez leading the line, i'd say they're my pick for the World Cup, well....after Holland, of course!
As for my ideal player? James Rodriguez from Monaco would be an absolute dream to play with; like me, he plays all across the attacking midfield, and his link up play is a dream to watch. He's having a great season at Monaco too, and at only 22, he's got years to develop...
The best player not at the world cup? Gareth Bale, without a doubt. Wales mathematically can't qualify now, and it's a shame for Gareth, because he's having an amazing season at Madrid.