PSV coach Mark van Bommel advised Jeroen Zoet not to sit on the reserve bench during the Eredivisie match against Willem II that was lost 2-1. The passed goalkeeper walked through the stadium in Tilburg during the first half on Sunday and watched the second half from the players' bus.
"I brought Jeroen because we always do the warm-up with three keepers," Van Bommel said afterwards at the press conference in the Willem II Stadium. "I was happy that he wanted to do that warm-up despite his disappointment."
28-year-old Zoet, who had been PSV's first goalkeeper since mid-2013, had known for two days that Lars Unnerstall would be preferred against Willem II and that Robbin Ruiter would be the second goalie on the bench. Van Bommel did not think it would be good if Sweet would also take a seat on the reserve bench.
"I didn't think that was sensible. Why? Because, if we score and Jeroen doesn't smile or cheers, the cameras would immediately take him in. And even in the case of a counter goal, he would come in immediately."
According to Van Bommel, that Zoet then opted to sit in the players' bus after the break, was his own choice. "He wanted to avoid the media like that and I completely understand that."
Lars Unnerstall made his PSV debut against Willem II. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Jeroen has made too many mistakes"
Van Bommel chose to pass Zoet because he is not satisfied with the performance of the eleven-time Orange-international in recent weeks, in which PSV lost to LASK Linz, AZ and FC Utrecht and tied against Sparta and again LASK Linz. "Jeroen has made too many mistakes, I told him that on Friday."
Earlier this season, Zoet already missed a few PSV games, but that was due to an injury. Remarkably, it was not Unnerstall who had come over from VVV-Venlo, but Ruiter was under the bar in those duels.
"Unnerstall was only two weeks back from an injury at that time, so I preferred Ruiter at the time," said Van Bommel. "Now it's different."
By the way, Zoet is just selected for the Dutch national team, which gathers on Monday-evening in Zeist for the European Championship qualifiers against Northern Ireland (Saturday) and at home against Estonia (Tuesday). At Orange, he is second goalkeeper behind Jasper Cillessen. Kenneth Vermeer is the third keeper in the selection of national coach Ronald Koeman.
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