Kevin Strootman has always been used to leading. At the age of 23, he had already been named captain at PSV Eindhoven, captain of the Dutch U21 side and captain of the senior national team in his homeland.
No wonder Kevin Strootman is considered one of the hottest properties in Europe. “Strootman is an example both on and off the field,” claimed former Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal, explaining his decision to award the youngster the captain's armband when he was national coach and in doing so, making Kevin became the youngest ever captain of the Dutch senior side.
A versatile midfielder, Kevin is comfortable in any position across the middle, thanks to great technique and a powerful frame. He began his career with VV Rijsoord, before joining Sparta Rotterdam. He came to prominence following his January 2011 move to Utrecht, but his real breakthrough came later that year, as he signed for Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and was handed the captain's armband. He made his league debut against AZ Alkmaar and his continental debut in a 1-0 Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw on September 15. His first goal came nine days later in a 7-1 rout of Roda JC. He won the 2011-12 Dutch Cup and claimed a Supercup winner's medal with PSV. Strootman joined the Giallorossi in the summer 2013 and Rudi Garcia dubbed him a 'washing machine'. “We give him a dirty ball and Kevin cleans it up,” claimed Garcia.Show More Show Less