Napoli coach raves about Mertens after third hattrick of the season
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is in his element with Dries Mertens. The attacker scored Saturday against Bologna (1-7 win) three times and took already his third hattrick of the season.
In the last weeks plays Mertens (29), partly due to the absence of the injured ex-following his departure to chelsea Arek Owned, as a striker at Napoli. Before he came, especially as vleugelaanvaller in action.
“Mertens is enjoying his new role, which you can see. He plays with enthusiasm and that pays off”, is Sarri lyrical about the ex-player of AGOVV Apeldoorn, FC Utrecht and PSV. Team-mate Marek Hamsik scored three times.
Through his three matches against Bologna screwed Mertens, that in Naples have a contract until mid-2018, the number of competitietreffers this season to sixteen.
This performs the 55-times Belgian international for Maurco Icardi (Internazionale), Edin champions ‘ manager insists (AS Roma) and Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), who are all fifteen once scored, the topscorerslijst in the Serie A.
In his first three years at Napoli scored Mertens, respectively eleven, six and five times in competition. His most productive season was in 2011/2012, when he, on behalf of PSV 21 times, scored in the Eredivisie.
Saturday was the forefront of Napoli forward José Callejon, Mertens and Lorenzo Insignia. With the comeback of Owned, which is as good as fit, Sarri more options in attacking terms.
“We will see. At this time, earn Callejon, Mertens and Badge the to play, but that is not to say that I can’t change. Mertens has been in different positions in the game, but for now he must especially continue to do so,” said the 58-year-old coach.
Thanks to Mertens has Napoli so far 55 times scored in the Serie A, which is the most productive team. The club is second behind Juventus.
#Hamsik e @dries_mertens14: 2️⃣ campioni, 2️⃣ palloni.
Era già successo? Boh ? #BolognaNapoli 1-7
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21:50 – feb 04, 2017