Remember the defender so bad he was dropped by Holland? Aston Villa are on his trail
Major international soccer tournaments are often a shop window for a move into one of Europe’s big leagues. Still, Ron Vlaar must be pinching himself this morning.
Vlaar, a 27-year-old centre half currently on the books of Feyenoord, is reported to be closing in on a move to Aston Villa, where he would link up with, or maybe even take the place of, Ireland international Richard Dunne.
If you watched any or all of Euro 2012, you’ll know that the Dutch back four was without doubt the worst unit ever to take to the field in European championship finals. And yes, we're including Ireland in that.
You can draw some conclusion on Vlaar’s capabilities from the fact that he was actually dropped by Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk following the opening defeat to Denmark in Ukraine last month.
His central defensive partner that day, Johnny Heitinga, was himself dropped after the game against Germany, allowing Vlaar back into the side – and he was again dire against Portugal.
Still, a couple of inept performances in the global spotlight was clearly not enough to derail a move to the Premier League, where new Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has clearly been on holiday for the last six weeks in a resort without any television reception.
So what do Feyenoord think? Surely they’re fighting tooth and nail to keep their, eh, star man?
Well, no. They’ve told him he can leave if a suitable offer is made. The definition of “suitable” in this context is sadly unknown.