Although he has much ability, the 30-year-old has often struggled for consistency throughout his career. However, he has thrived since joining Turkish outfit in January, scoring eight goals and registering three assists across all competitions.
However, that wasn’t sufficient to earn a place in Dick Advocaat’s Netherlands squad for the upcoming friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast meaning he won’t be able to add to his 45 caps and took to social media to express his frustrations.
Babel wrote on Instagram: “They said my career was finished. A shame the Dutch national team doesn’t want to use my confidence & current form in this crucial time.”
Direct and skilful, Babel is capable of bursting past opponents with ease, as shown by the fact that he has been successful with 68% of the take-ons that he has attempted in the Turkish league this season.
The Netherlands would surely benefit from having Babel – who has scored more goals than both Memphis Depay (5) and Vincent Janssen this season (6) – available as they are enduring a difficult time at present.
Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016, they have made a mixed start to qualification for the 2018 World Cup, which has included defeats to France and Bulgaria.