On the eve of the Champions Leagueduel between Napoli and Feyenoord spoke Sport/Voetbalmagazine with some of the leading witnesses of the development that Dries Mertens made in the Netherlands.
Dries Mertens played in the Netherlands for successively AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV. In addition to Ted van Leeuwen, who Mertens in Aalst wegplukte and to AGOVV got, Ton du Chatinier on the word. Du Chatinier is the coach who is with him at FC Utrecht at the highest level launched. ‘Verbally, he had to adapt, but He was terribly good at it. Usually in a free role from the left, not as a striker, where we have Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Frank Demouge had’, says Ton du Chatinier.
“By his position, he scored not so much (21 times in two seasons, ed) and he was previously the boy of the assists (34, ed.). But he succeeded like no other in the duels. Therefore, I am not surprised that he’s at Napoli, with murderers of defenders in the back, central, as well. As a kind of false nine, a position which Lionel Messi at Barcelona and also played out. And because he is always in motion, he will get even in the Series A barely kicking.
“I compare him with Dirk Kuyt. A different type of footballer, but also someone who will always make wise choices. Utrecht, Feyenoord, Liverpool… In its second season was Dries in the interest of Lokomotiv Moscow. “Trainer, would I?” He did not choose for the quick money and wanted his career step by step to develop. Apeldoorn, Utrecht, PSV, Napoli. His limits? According to me he would be at Barcelona not from the show drop. Tremendously eager to learn, that distinguishes the winners from the average. Train up in the weight room, competitions, rethink it, ask what could be better. That paid at PSV and Napoli.”
“He would be at Barcelona not from the show fall’
Read the full report in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 20 september.