Van Bronckhorst names Bijlow first-choice keeper

Justin Bijlow will be Feyenoord’s last line of defence in Saturday’s Johan Cruijff Shield encounter with PSV. The 20-year-old has been made first-choice keeper for the season, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst announced on Thursday afternoon.

‘From the first day of this season it was in my head to make Justin first-choice keeper,’ said Van Bronckhorst at the KNVB training centre in Zeist, where he looked forward to the weekend’s Johan Cruijff Shield match. ‘I’ve known Justin for a few years now. He has come on enormously in the shadow of Brad Jones and Kenneth Vermeer. There is great trust in Justin. The way he stands in his goal, trains, coaches, gets involved in the play; I think he’s ready for it.’

Van Bronckhorst also had Jones to choose from until yesterday, until the Australia sealed his move to Al Nassr. Vermeer returns after a loan spell at Club Bruges. Ramón ten Hove is part of the squad too. ‘We had to wait and see how Kenneth would come back. He is very close to being fit. Kenneth knows his position now. He is a support for Justin. With regard to that we are in a good position.’

Feyenoord will be without Yassin Ayoub and Nicolai Jorgensen in Eindhoven on Saturday. Both players are ruled out with injuries. The Colombian Luis Sinisterra now has all his papers and he trained with the squad on Thursday. ‘We will see tomorrow whether we take him or not,’ said Van Bronckhorst.

PSV and Feyenoord lock horns for the Johan Cruijff Schaal at the Philips Stadium this Saturday 4 August. The match kicks off at 18:00 CET.

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