Hard work paying off for Kuyt

Clinical, technically gifted, quick, impressive to watch - the compliments have been coming thick and fast after the Netherlands' first two games of UEFA EURO 2008. And having put a combined seven goals past the two finalists from the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, the Dutch have rapidly assumed the mantle of tournament favourites. One of the stalwarts of this seemingly flawless unit is a player who may be lacking in flair but certainly not in heart: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt.

Though Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart all help give the Dutch a razor-sharp cutting edge, the team's success so far owes just as much to Kuyt's less-heralded talents. Built like a pugilist, and with a style more akin to a manual labourer than a master craftsman, Kuyt has nevertheless grown into a vital cog in Marco van Basten's machine.

source: http://www.fifa.com

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