2 April 2020, Thursday
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Without Steven Berghuis the league is very very skimpy

Steven Berghuis (28) developed this season arguably the best player in the league. Comes good. The Feyenoord striker dreams of a top transfer, next summer. But now everything is quiet, he has to wait, as six others.

He’s always been clear about. Steven Berghuis wanted to report a masterful season run at Feyenoord and then next summer, thanks to a fixed lump sum and a strong Euro, with a nice foreign club.

After a difficult start, everything went according to plan, grew and grew its shape. The stylist scored in the middle, with the ultimate a measured ball pin with its lower right leg on March 5 last against NAC. As captain he took Feyenoord emphatically on hand in the chase on leaders Ajax and AZ and the cup final. Phlegm was decisiveness. Because of injuries to other attackers seemed much playing time at the EC almost guaranteed for the fifteen international caps.

But everything falls apart. Society, and therefore the world of football, is flat for a week by the coronavirus. The EC has been postponed for a year. If there is play football again, is the big question. How the transfer market are equally developed.

How Berghuis it consumes all, only know a group of intimates. Feyenoord, like at other clubs, announced a prohibition interview. Father and former pro Frank Berghuis, once international in 1989, will do well to silence after an initial commitment.

While other players uplifting messages or home workout videos to share on social media Berghuis’ last Instagrampost a photograph in which he used a penalty kick in the last league match against Willem II on 8 March. “Another good sunday. See you next sunday. ”

But next Sunday football you may have to wait a long time. Agent Mino Raiola is based on the situation. ‘It is what it is. Throughout the football is uncertainty. ”

The ambitions of Berghuis are not adjusted, Raiola knows. “He’ll still want to go when something comes along that is on him.”

The hyper-ambitious Berghuis joined in January 28. For a player who was only really impressed in the Premiership, is quite old. Moreover, there is a big flop behind his name. In 2015 left Berghuis AZ Watford, but the English layer kite not the trainer knew him. Berghuis knew Quique Sánchez Flores apparently not convince him the training to prepare.

Feyenoord offered an escape route, first on loan then through a permanent contract. When that Berghuis just had signed won the league title with Feyenoord, but he was still the undisputed star player.

The leader

Which ultimately lasted almost three years, although his personal stats were always fine.

“Steven came after a difficult spell at Watford at Feyenoord,” Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks, this season Berghuis’ coach at Feyenoord back. “He had to get back the fun in football. I’ve been there myself. At Arsenal I played no more. When Frank Rijkaard wanted me to Barcelona. I went from the bench at Arsenal at the base in Barcelona. At such a moment you look especially at yourself. ”

There are big steps put ever since. “He’s really the leader, took the lead, after the departure of first Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie later. He is a key player and will want to make a move after the season, how different it all now runs the entire football has stalled. ”

Max Huiberts, AZ technical director and former winger, looked Berghuis in 2012 arrive in Alkmaar after unconvincing performances at FC Twente and VVV (which hired him Twente). “Even when we took a while before he booked progression. He looks phlegmatic and therefore got the stamp is not always good doing. While if you know him better, you find that he is a huge fan. José Fortes Rodriguez (then AZ-scout, now partner of Raiola, ed.) Has been incredible working with him and it paid off. ”

When 15-year-old brat in the first big league WSV bite Berghuis older supporters who said he had to defend with inflated chest that they do not come forward with it. Lovers of sophisticated technical football as FC Twente coach Co Adriaanse fell katzwijm his assumptions with his foot, a legacy of the indoor soccer, and cross passes. Also father Frank was a graceful, strong football player. Berghuis gave obtained shirt Ibrahimovic to his mother because “she loves birds of paradise.

Fortes and Raiola claimed efficacy, progression and inquisitiveness. Berghuis took it to heart. He learned last season Van Persie how to position itself for the purpose in order to be more effective.

Today born from Apeldoorn beats almost by self-criticism. After three matches against PSV, he said: “My first hat trick pass. Too little, too little. ”

Bright enough

There is not much for him to criticize, perhaps only his frail stature. Huiberts: “He’s not physically Depay but fends getting better. I think he’s been smart enough to survive in the Premier League. But he has to get into a good area. ”

Berghuis should especially not to worry, says Rafael van der Vaart, who played in England, Spain and Germany and even several times in the rats was about a Lack of transfer. “I think because he has to stay with Feyenoord. He is the man there, the team is built around him. Should you later on your 29th almost go to Everton, or something? If you do not play well twice, they enable a clumsy Englishman and you’re out of the picture, also in Orange. He’s not in there like a man Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham, Chelsea and Valencia turning a pair has ears like Ziyech. Did he still it Watford past. ”

Berghuis is the big earner at Feyenoord, but leagues are paid much more. Van der Vaart: “But that money he could in a few years also packs in Turkey or a sandbox. Feyenoord is the club where they connect are easily type in the heart. That’s succeeded. Cherish it! Certainly we’re in such uncertain times. ”

Berghuis recorded this season in 38 games already 22 goals and eleven assists in all competitions. In the league he created the most chances.

Raiola, who supervises several top players: “He’s a good guy who knows exactly what he wants. Maybe a late bloomer, but its potential is great and he’s been the best player in the league. Not just the last few months, even before. ”

Berghuis still sometimes vergaloppeerde his fanaticism as it was less. But certainly in 2020 so he looked in shape and balance in Feyenoord circles with confidence was looking forward to the classic against Ajax that was scheduled for this weekend. These are the games where coach Ronald Koeman, but also foreign scouts separate the chaff from the grain league.

Van Bronckhorst believes that Berghuis has impressed enough. “For it does not necessarily change too. The clubs and scouts have seen him excel. He has plenty to show. ”

Van der Vaart, currently analyst, secretly hopes that it does not come up to a transfer. “I wish him wholeheartedly. He has such a great left foot, is not fast, but looks faster. Sevilla and Valencia; there he would best fit, though they have been there so many types like him. But for me as the analyst must remain a little fun. Will there soon finally play football is Ziyech away. And Berghuis too? Sorry, but it will be very lean all. “

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