Koeman hoping for improved efficiency

The arrival of two new strikers (Graziano Pellè and Wesley Verhoek) and the return from World Cup duty of two new Dutch internationals (Jordy Clasie and Daryl Janmaat) had suggested Ronald Koeman’s squad could approach Saturday’s home game against PEC Zwolle with renewed confidence. But the positivity in the group took a hit on Friday with news that a fractured foot will keep goalkeeper Erwin Mulder out of action for a couple of months. ‘It’s put a big damper on things,’ admitted the Feyenoord coach during Friday’s press conference at De Kuip.

With Mulder on the sidelines, Kostas Lamprou will make his Eredivisie debut against last season’s second tier champions. The Greek U21 international, who has started twice for Feyenoord in the cup, has Koeman’s full confidence. ‘This is a great opportunity to watch him in action in a run of games at the highest level.’
Lamprou will likely not be the sole debutant on Saturday. New arrivals Graziano Pellè and Wesley Verhoek have trained at the club for the past two weeks and both could make their first appearance in a red and white shirt. Pellè looks a good bet to start the game.
Koeman is delighted with his two new faces. ‘They are both welcome additions to this squad from an attacking point of view. Graziano and Wesley bring new qualities to this squad.’
Koeman is hoping that both players will help up Feyenoord’s goal tally compared with recent games. ‘It’s not only down to the strikers, but the whole team,’ explained the coach. ‘Opponents will increasingly set themselves up to neutralise us and close down the space. That means we need to play a different kind of game.’
Another player who will not be available to Koeman at the weekend is Harmeet Singh. The coach has given the midfielder a week off. ‘He looked tired after the two games he played for Norway U21s. Harmeet really wanted to remain in the squad, but he also acknowledged that he needed this. I felt it was a good time to give him a rest after the internationals he played.’
Probable Feyenoord line-up: Lamprou; Janmaat, Martins Indi, Mathijsen, Nelom; Leerdam, Immers, Clasie; Schaken, Pellè, Cissé (Verhoek).
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