Dutch Stars Robben, Van Nistelrooy, and Sneijder Hit Form at Right Time

Rich WilcockContributor IApril 12, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 24: Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid waves to the public at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium before the start of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Malaga on Sunday January 24, 2010 in Madrid Spain. Van Nistelrooy has joined Bundesliga side Hamburg for the rest of the season.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Form is a beautiful thing. When a player is on form, he plays with a smile and seems to have an extra spring in his step. As a striker, form usually manifests itself in the striker being able to hit the net from 60 yards out with a bicycle kick or a back-heel.

Like I said, form is a beautiful thing; it is also a treacherous thing. Sulky forwards who are having a severe crisis of confidence tend to look abject, and worse still, a lack of form manifests itself in a striker not being able to score a goal from a yard out.

For the Dutch, form is crucial. It is quite possibly the catalyst between triumph or failure at the World Cup.

If you look at the best players for Holland, consistency is a problem.

Van Nistelrooy is notoriously fragile with form, whilst Sneijder and Van der Vaart have faced criticism for being too inflexible tactically. Arjen Robben is too flighty in a game and Klaas Jan Huntelaar just doesn't turn up to any game at the minute.

Which leaves you with a team packed to the gills with talent, but racked with nerves and lack of confidence.

Luckily, however, some of Holland's best players have started confounding critics and playing with consistency and confidence.

Sneijder, as stated in articles beforehand, has been in dazzling form since his switch to Inter Milan. Mourinho only stated a few weeks ago that he was "the best in Italy."

Robben has shown in various games this season that his talent is still there, and now his fight is re-appearing as well. Although, he sometimes gets crowded out in games, Robben is showing that he can respond to criticism, play in a fast tempo game, and beat quality full backs.

The mercurial Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who I should remind you is not guaranteed a seat on the plane to South Africa, has started to hit the net on a regular basis at Hamburg. And whilst he isnt fully returning to previous form, that has more to do with Hamburg's abject form than it is with Van Nistelrooy.

What is the cause of the recent upsurge in form and confidence with Holland's most frustrating players?

A lot can be down to plain old point proving and scores settling.

We all know that Sneijder is a good player, but we have spent too long deriding him for looking average in a stellar lineup. At Inter Milan, his style of football was needed and his creative spark was a driving force.

Robben it seems needs somebody to massage his ego and his frail body whilst making sure he is allowed to run at people—Bayern are doing that with relish.

Van Nistelrooy has had the worst luck with injuries and his tempestuous attitude has never helped things. But, he has a purpose at Hamburg and demons to massage.

For Holland, this is obviously a good thing. As I said, form is a beautiful thing. And whilst some of the Dutch players have it now, they should do everything in their power to keep it.