Former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt may line-up at right-back for Holland at this summer’s World Cup according to a report.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad claims that Louis van Gaal has been trying Kuyt out as an attacking full-back as he builds up to Holland’s opening group game against Spain next month.
The Dutch will also face Chile and Australia in a tough group and, with a number of injuries to contend with, it appears new Manchester United boss van Gaal is testing out some rather unexpected tactics prior to the biggest footballing tournament on earth.
Kuyt arrived at Anfield with the reputation of being a prolific goal-scorer after scoring 78 goals in 116 games for Feyenoord. But at Liverpool he became more of a work-horse, latterly operating predominantly from the right-wing, always putting in a shift and finishing his Reds career with 71 goals in 286 games.
But a right-back? That is certainly quite a change for a player who has scored 233 career goals and provided 132 assists in that time.
Kuyt now plays for Turkish side Fenerbahce, where he scored 10 goals last season. But according to the latest story he could swap scoring and providing with preventing them.
Van Gaal is known as something of a tactical maestro, but if Kuyt does start in the defensive half come June, it will take some getting used to.
That said, his energy and team-play is such that he can be relied upon to do a job wherever he plays.