Dutch and Milan icon Ruud Gullit has come forward with a nipping criticism of new Inter signing Denzel Dumfries after Netherlands’ 4-2 victory over Denmark at the Amsterdam ArenA a few days back. Dumfries played the full match with grit and perseverance, although he did lack the composure and clarity to threaten Denmark’s left wing upfront, as reflected by Football-Oranje‘s player ratings for the friendly.
It was an average showing by the Nerazzurri wingback and former Rossoneri icon and fellow Dutchman Gullit has pinpointed him to improve his attacking skills.
Speaking to local Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (via FCInterNews) after the match, the UEFA EURO 1988 winner also targeted Dumfries’ opposing wingback on the left, Daley Blind.
“Daley Blind is fantastic with the ball. He is too good a footballer to criticize, but he has a hard time defending as a full-back, because he has to cover great distances and his speed is decreasing. This makes him and the Oranje vulnerable. Therefore, he is a bit of the team’s Achilles heel,” he said and continued, “Denzel Dumfries doesn’t have those defensive problems on his back, but he’s less offensive on the ball than Blind. It wouldn’t seem strange to me if Van Gaal wanted to give someone like Arnaut Danjuma a chance.”
Versatile winger Danjuma was scouted by Milan back in 2019, as revealed by his agent Michael Jarman. It was when he was still at Club Brugge, after which Premier League outfit Bournemouth proceeded to sign him.
Dumfries on the other hand, has seamlessly integrated in Simone Inzaghi’s new-look Nerazzurri. He has 6 assists and 4 goals in 36 appearances for Inter in his debut season so far.