IS JOHAN GOING TO HAUNT FEYENOORD?

Johan Elmander returns to Rotterdam Sunday in the yellow shirt of NAC Breda, to which the young Swede has been loaned out for the rest of the season. The striker has mixed feelings about facing his ultimate employer, but realises he’ll never have a better chance to showcase his talent. ‘It’s strange to play against your own club, but I see it as an opportunity to show that I am a bona fide goalscorer.’

Elmander has a point to prove, but no hard feelings. ‘Coach Van Marwijk was honest enough to tell me that I wasn’t in the running for a first team place at this time. I was striker number three. That’s not nice to hear of course, but at least you know the score. At NAC I know I’ll play more football than I would have done in Rotterdam. That’s just the way it is right now. And I won’t learn anything sitting in the stands. During my time at Djurgården I saw how much progress I can make when I play first team football every week. We have a good, young team and an intelligent coach. I think we can finish pretty high up this season and I hope to play my part in that. ‘It will be strange to play against my own club. I am a Feyenoorder after all and I feel at home in Rotterdam and at the Kuip. But I see Sunday’s game as an opportunity to show that I am a bona fide goalscorer when I get to play ninety minutes every week. When you have to come in near the end of the game it’s not much of a chance. So I hope to get a goal and, well, it’s hard for me to say it, but I hope NAC get the win too.’
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