Two players for every position

There have been quite a few changes to the Feyenoord squad during the close season. Some key players have left the club, such as Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa, England), John Guidetti (Manchester City FC, England) and Otman Bakkal (Dynamo Moscow, Russia) and a large number of new faces have been added.

Coach Ronald Koeman will have two players for every position this coming season. Several players can also do a job in various positions on the pitch.

The squad also includes five youngsters who have come through the club’s celebrated youth development system, the Feyenoord Academy.

The Rotterdammers secured the services of John Goossens (NEC), Daryl Janmaat (sc Heerenveen) and Ruud Vormer (Roda JC) back at the beginning of the year. A fourth player, striker Mitchell Te Vrede, joined the club from Excelsior in April.

The long-anticipated transfer of Lex Immers from ADO Den Haag was finalised at the beginning of June. Feyenoord had tried in vain to sign the attacking midfielder last year. Immers put his signature to a four-season deal.

A month later Feyenoord signed Norwegian midfielder Harmeet Singh. The 21-year-old full Norway international arrived from Vålerenga IF on a two-year deal.

The Feyenoord/Excelsior Youth Academy was recently named the best youth development system in the Netherlands for the third successive year. The academy has consistently delivered up players for the first team squad and this year is no different. Ronald Koeman has brought five Feyenoord Academy graduates into the squad this summer from the first day of training on Wednesday 27 June. Anass Achahbar, Tonny Vilhena, Elvis Manu, Terence Kongolo and Matthew Steenvoorden were all given first-team experience last year.

While the target for the season cannot be finalised until the transfer window closes on 31 August, Ronald Koeman clearly has a lot of options. That’s a real necessity at a club trying to battle through the last two rounds of Champions League qualification to secure a place in the group stage of Europe’s premier club tournament. It will be Koeman’s job to work out his best team to do that.
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