Five months after a struggling PSV took fourth place and the Eredivisie season was halted due to the corona crisis, there is a feeling of unbridled optimism in Eindhoven. After a successful transfer period, the club hopes to compete again this year for the prizes.
‘Götze can bring a lot to PSV’
“For me the goal is clear: we want to play for the top places”, said Mario Götze at his presentation in Eindhoven on Thursday. “And if you participate at the top, of course you also want to win. That must be our goal, yes.”
The arrival of the 28-year-old German playmaker, who decided the World Cup final six years ago, caused a small crowd of happy fans for the Philips Stadium late on Tuesday evening. Götze was the unexpected top prize in the already successful transfer window.
Technical manager John de Jong, criticized last year, not only succeeded in retaining permanent employees such as Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen last summer. With Philipp Max, Eran Zahavi, Ibrahim Sangaré and the somewhat difficult start goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, a good injection of quality came in.
On the final day of the transfer market, German talent Adrian Fein and Marco van Ginkel recovering from an injury came on top of Götze. Almost all acquisitions come from the network of the new German trainer Roger Schmidt.
PSV newcomer Adrian Fein and technical manager John de Jong. (Photo: Pro Shots)
It all went fast on that last sensational day of the transfer market. “When I signed on Tuesday afternoon, I had no idea that Götze would come too,” said Fein.
“It was only late at night when I was at the hotel that I heard about his arrival and of course I was pleasantly surprised. He is a great player who can bring a lot to this club.”
Fein, who is hired by PSV with an option to buy from Bayern Munich, said he was a bit nervous before his first press conference. “It’s in English too,” he laughed somewhat shyly.
“I came to this club to take the next step in my career. Here I can play European. We have a good and wide selection. My expectations are very high.”
Almost all acquisitions come from the network of PSV trainer Roger Schmidt. (Photo: Pro Shots)