In a month where the Oranje
had no International matches, manager Danny Blind had some tough decisions to make in the background, particularly around who was going to make his first squad for the matches against Turkey and the Czech Republic in September.
Two players who's summer Activity had drawn attention were former FC Twente duo Hakim Ziyech and Felipe Gutierrez, who moved to Arsenal and Sunderland respectively: Gutierrez providing a glorious assist on his Sunderland debut after a £5m move, while Ziyech was convincing if not spectacular for Arsenal in his first match, having moved for £5.75m.
Speaking to the media, Blind called these deals "A good sign for Dutch football"
going on to explain that "If we are producing talents domestically that teams such as Arsenal are looking to buy, and bring into their first teams, then this can only benefit our national side. I would like to see more Dutch clubs bringing their homegrown talent to the forefront as well, but exporting talent is no bad thing."
Daryl Janmaat is another Oranje
player making waves abroad, following his £7m switch from Newcastle United to West Ham in England, the Right Back has had an impressive pre-season, and helped his club keep a clean sheet in their opening game against Middlesbrough.
It was also reported during the month that Davy Klaassen had picked up a knee injury which could keep him out for almost 2 weeks, making him a doubt for the Turkey and Czech Republic matches.
PSV winger Luciano Narsingh was also ruled out for 4 weeks after picking up a hernia in training. The 24 year old will be sorely missed by both club and country, having already racked up 3 assists in his first 3 games of the season.
As the announcement of the Dutch Squad draws closer - expected in the next week or so - there are a few players who are really pushing for inclusion. Blind is likely to take the two 'easier' games as a chance to rest some of the older stars, and perhaps start to bleed some of the new stars of the future. Certainly, the exclusions of Anwar El Ghazi and Riechedly Bazoer from the youth squads tends to suggest their inclusion in the main squad may be imminent.