PSV coach Roger Schmidt gives Mohamed Ihattaren time to get used to his working method. Captain Denzel Dumfries takes care of the ailing top talent.
Dumfries takes care of Ihattaren
“Of course Mo is a great talent and has a great future,” Schmidt said at a press conference in Eindhoven on Friday. “But I always line up the players who are in best shape at the time.”
Ihattaren sat on the bench for ninety minutes on Thursday during PSV’s crucial play-off match against Rosenborg (0-2 win). A day later he was called up by Frank de Boer for the upcoming international matches of Orange. “I spoke to the new national coach about Mo by phone,” Schmidt said.
“I think it is certainly legitimate that he has selected Mo. I hope that the call up for the national team motivates Mo, that would be good for him and for PSV.”
PSV captain Denzel Dumfries spoke extensively with Ihattaren in Norway on Thursday. “Of course Mo is a fantastic footballer and I am confident that he will be of value this season,” said the right back.
“I try to support him, but I am also critical of him. At the moment Mo is just not bringing enough, he thinks so too”, Dumfries said.
“This situation is new for him, he is used to playing a lot but has to get used to the new way of playing. I would like to help him in this process. I feel that he wants to do everything he can to get back into the base. . “
Schmidt said he gives Ihattaren time to get used to his playing style, in which the attackers have to put constant pressure when the ball is lost. “It takes some players a bit longer than others to get used to my way of playing, that’s how it went with my previous clubs. At a certain point it will start to ‘click’ with Mo. Don’t forget that he is only eighteen. years, of course we have patience with him. “
The German trainer announced that PSV will still be stirring heavily on the transfer market, which closes on Tuesday evening. “Certainly now that we have qualified for the group stage of the Europa League, we need a wide selection. Due to the serious injuries of Maxi Romero, Érick Gutiérrez and Armando Obispo, we now only have eighteen players and that is not enough.”
In addition, some players on the bench at PSV, such as Timo Baumgartl (Fulham) and Armindo Bruma (Olympiacos), are associated with a departure. Schmidt said they can only leave if PSV gets a replacement.
On Sunday, PSV will play at home against Fortuna Sittard (kick-off at 4:45 PM). The latest acquisition Ibrahim Sangaré is not yet eligible to play. Ryan Thomas and Philipp Max, who were injured against Rosenborg, are still question marks for the duel with the Limburgers.