Sven Botman proved he should be going to the World Cup with his performance against Chelsea
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Sven Botman proved he should be going to the World Cup with his performance against Chelsea

Sven Botman isn’t going to the World Cup this winter, but perhaps he should be after his latest Newcastle United performance.

The 22-year-old was hoping to be named in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad, having appeared on the 39-man longlist. However, when the list was whittled down to 26, Botman’s name was nowhere to be seen.

Despite his form in black and white, the Dutchman is not going to represent his country at the World Cup in Qatar.

That’s a real shame, as his performances have certainly warranted a callup. Botman has never lost a game since joining Newcastle, and has contributed to Eddie Howe’s side having one of the best defences in the entire Premier League.

He is flourishing in England, and produced another wonderous display on Saturday night.

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Botman was brilliant against Chelsea

24 hours after being told he wasn’t going to the World Cup, Botman was named in Newcastle’s starting XI for the final game before the Premier League is put on hold.

And he showed exactly why Van Gaal has made a mistake in not including him in his 26-man squad.

The £35million defender was excellent once again underneath the St James’ Park lights, and showed why he is a star for the present and the future of Newcastle.

He was up against Armando Broja – who proved to be one of the trickier forwards Botman has faced in recent weeks. The Albania international tried to run at and in behind Botman, but the Toon’s number four was equal to everything.

There was one moment in the first half when it looked like Broja had got away from Botman. A cross came into the box, and Chelsea looked destined to score. But Botman had positioned himself perfectly, and was able to flick the cross out for a corner and out of Broja’s reach.

He was a picture of composure against Chelsea, playing the ball out with confidence and precision, rather than lashing at things wildly like an old school centre-back.

Botman was exceptional on Saturday night, and proved that he should be going to the World Cup.

Holland’s loss is Newcastle’s gain after World Cup snub

While it is disappointing for Botman to miss out on the World Cup, it is a decision that will benefit Newcastle.

There is not a lot of time between the tournament ending and domestic football resuming. It’s an insanely quick turnaround. Who knows what condition our players will return in after competing in Qatar.

Two of our defensive stars in Kieran Trippier and Fabian Schar are going, meaning they might not be ready to slot immediately back into Howe’s starting XI.

But Botman will be fit and ready. The international snub is a setback, but it is one that will benefit his club career. And if he keeps performing like he has been for Newcastle then he will be impossible for the Netherlands to ignore.