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.’