Daley Blind realised his dream last summer when he swapped Ajax for Manchester United.
The versatile 25-year-old has become a regular for the Red Devils since the switch, but is yet to show what his best position is. He has featured in central midfield and in central defence, but most recently at left back.
Blind is a very smart footballer who is blessed with a terrific football brain, even if he is not the quickest of players.
His expert positioning and exemplary technique enables him to intercept the ball regularly and keep up a very healthy passing accuracy when in possession.
Although he has been criticised for being too safe on occasion, Blind is a level-headed and composed footballer who can be relied upon.
Louis van Gaal has not been afraid to put his faith in Blind, with the Dutchman featuring in almost every game he has been available for. He has repaid the faith by popping up with two vital late equalisers against West Ham and West Brom this season.
Since taking over from Van Gaal after last summer’s World Cup, Holland manager Guus Hiddink has also made Blind a vital part of his plans.
Blind has been ever present for the Dutch national side, and while they have not been performing to their potential since the third-place finish in Brazil last summer, you have to be exceptional to become a regular at international level.
Hiddink believes Blind has developed dramatically since moving to a more competitive, intense league and the 25-year-old’s education at Ajax is standing him in very good stead. He also believes that Blind will become the captain of Holland one day.
He told Voetbal International in Holland, “He is developing into a leader. That's what I told him. He must be the captain [one day].”