‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord has signed Colin Kazim-Richards on a one-season loan effective immediately. The 27-year-old striker, who has played 35 times for the Turkish national side, arrives at De Kuip from Bursaspor. As part of the deal Feyenoord have an option to take Kazim-Richards on a free at the end of the present campaign.
The arrival of the English-born Turkey international gives the Feyenoord technical staff extra options up front. ‘Pierre van Hooijdonk tipped us about this player two months ago,’ said technical director Martin van Geel on Friday. ‘We then did our homework, including getting in touch with respected people who have worked with him to form a good picture of this player. Kazim-Richards can play in several positions up top, has a lot of experience in the Turkish team, in the Champions League and in the Europa League, and he has qualities we didn’t have in our squad. Due to this loan structure, we’re taking a very limited financial risk, while we have the option to tie him down for longer after this season. We’re happy to have been able to increase our attacking options with the arrival of Kazim-Richards.’
The striker’s impressive physique is a clear asset. With strikingly strong upper arms and barrel chest Kazim-Richards certainly looks like he will be able to handle himself in the Eredivisie. ‘And I am fighting fit,’ said the player on Friday. ‘I’ve continued to train recently and kept myself in good condition, although it’s obviously not the same as playing a game.’
Kazim-Richards has had extensive talks with Feyenoord’s club management recently and has a very good feeling about the move. ‘Martin van Geel spoke with a huge amount of passion about Feyenoord, which played a big part in my decision. I’ve also been in touch with Pierre van Hooijdonk. He was very positive, he obviously had a great time here as a player. On that score I’m hugely proud that I’m going to play for such a big club with a rich history. And then there’s the stadium… Indescribable. De Kuip is a stadium every footballer dreams of playing in.’
‘Almost everyone knows the club Feyenoord and it’s great support abroad,’ he continued. ‘Yes, I know Feyenoord supporters are very fanatical, whether it’s a big match or not. That’s something that can help us a lot as a team. We have a young team so I want to be of value with my experience. I’ve played for various clubs in Europe and I know what’s needed to win matches. I’d like to pass on that winning mentality.’