Davy Roef is currently the best goalkeeper in the Belgium league. He started his playing career from youth level and has also played for Lens, Besiktas and Vitesse too. Currently he is part of the squad that is playing in the Ligue 1 for Grempe Hans that is coached by Laurent Blanc. Dries van der Hoeven was the team coach at the time. Roef made twenty appearances for Gent initially and then moved on to Lens and then Vitesse before moving back to Gent where he is yet to feature for the first team. Now at the age of 34, he seems to be in good form having featured for the bench frequently in recent weeks and not made a single substitute appearance.
A Belgium international, Davy Roef first joined Lens from Gent when they were runners-up to eventual champions Ajax, and he made thirty appearances for the club before leaving in 2021. He went on to play for Besiktas, Vitesse and Lens before settling into a coaching role with Gent. He impressed at left-back, where he did fairly well although his lack of pace does him little good when it comes to catching the defenders unaware. Roef was also good at right-back but lacked pace and was often ineffective when attacking the opponents. He is probably best suited to a position further forward, where he would have more chance of excising the opposition defence.
Roef has represented his country well on several occasions but has not actually featured for the Netherlands during an international match. It is therefore somewhat of a surprise to see Roef as being so high rated by some football magazines and sports sites. Some may attribute this to a failure to adapt to the style of the national team although it would make sense that a player would need some time to adjust to the demands of a football game in this country before he is chosen for the team. Regardless of whether or not he was ever picked for a national team Roef has never made a good game for England. Perhaps if he had been given more time to adapt to the English game, he might have had a better chance of impressing the manager and getting some valuable appearances for the Under 21s.
The arrival of David Beckham as a Designated Player in 2021 changed the complexion of the team and brought a new emphasis on fitness and stamina. This has been one of the reasons why Roef has looked unable to retain any of his places in the starting line-up. On the other hand, Steven Gerrard has actually been a success at centre-forward and it is fair to say that he has improved as a player since leaving his days at Liverpool behind. Other than Beckham, there is no obvious talent which makes Roef a potential long-term answer at left-back or right-back.
It is fair to say that Davy Roef has found himself in a difficult situation. His team is bottom of the league and he is playing for himself. The Dutchman’s position does not seem to offer any kind of stability or long-term opportunities. Many English football fans feel that the lack of stability at the top of the team is what has pushed Davy Roef into the international limelight. The problem with this approach is that football is not a game that can be accurately judged by performance level standings. The best players go to the top and keep going, while those who struggle and fail are quickly dismissed, given a chance by another club.
|Age||26 years old|
|Born||6 February 1994|
Despite all the negative press that has surrounded the relationship between Roef and England coach Capello, the Dutchman deserves credit for taking the chance to sign a contract with the national team. It is true that many players may have been tempted to follow suit and sign for clubs in Europe, but given the opportunity to play in a top flight for a year or two, why would they not take the chance? If England do go abroad this season, they should not worry about their financial future, with the salary package is a solid one. The players should look to build on their impressive World Cup campaign and challenge themselves further in qualifying for the 2021 World Cup. This will instill confidence in the players and they will go on to challenge even greater heights in their career.