Daley Blind was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup, his performances sparking suggestions that he could join Manchester United this summer to reunite with his now-former Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal.
The 24-year-old Ajax star is a versatile footballer who can play both at left-back and in defensive midfield, and would be a good addition to a United squad that still does have enough quality to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Having helped the Oranje to the semi-finals of the tournament in Brazil earlier this summer and then gone on a summer break, Blind returned to competitive action on Sunday.
The Dutchman came on as a substitute for Ajax in the 59th minute during their opening Eredivisie game of the 2014-15 season against Vitesse at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Blind made an instant impact as it was his cross just past the hour mark that led to a corner for Ajax from which Mike van der Hoorn headed home from close range to make it 3-1 to the hosts.
The United target, who recently admitted that he would find it tough to reject offers from the Red Devils and Barcelona (click here to read more), had a good and composed game thereafter, playing largely on the left side.
Ajax eventually went on to win the match 4-1, kicking off their quest for a fifth successive Eredivisie title in style and leading Blind to feel delighted to have played his role in the win.
The versatile Dutchman, who is rated at £17 million, took to social networking site Twitter to post the following message, writing: ‘First three points today against Vitesse, feels nice to play the first minutes of the new season’.