Feyenoord coach Dick Advocaat is not completely satisfied with the current selection. De Hagenaar hopes that the management of the Rotterdammers will succeed in bringing more players to De Kuip in the coming weeks.
"We will be playing a lot of games in a short period of time next season. I have asked for a few more players, but that is a problem. There is almost no room left in the salary that we can spend," Lawyer said Monday at the press conference after end of the first training.
Feyenoord have lost Rick Karsdorp, Edgar Ié, Oguzhan Özyakup and Renato Tapia so far this summer and have attracted Mark Diemers, Bryan Linssen and Christian Conteh (the last two were free). And some mercenaries, such as Bart Nieuwkoop and Crysencio Summerville, have returned.
"My biggest fear is that I don't have an adequate substitute if certain players drop out due to injuries or whatever. If nothing happens, I'll make it with this group. But there are players who have proven in the past that it's the other way can go on. "
Dick Advocaat consults with Nicolai Jørgensen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"The same series will be more difficult"
Lawyer does not yet want to fully declare that Feyenoord will participate in the battle for the league title. The 2017 champion was on a strong run last season - there was no loss in the Eredivisie since the arrival of Lawyer in November - when the league ended in March due to the corona crisis.
"A club like Feyenoord always has to participate, so we want that too. We will see how long that will take. An advantage is that the players now know how I work, but in the end it is all about quality. case places for European football. "
"I have looked back at all of our games from last season. There were certainly good ones, but also a few that we won with a bit of luck. With some other accents in the team, you might be able to prevent that. But putting down the same series, is getting more difficult. However, I wouldn't have doubted that with three, four real reinforcements. "
Feyenoord will play the first exhibition game in De Kuip against Sparta Rotterdam on August 9 and will again take on FC Twente in its own stadium a week later. The Rotterdammers will start the Eredivisie season on 12 September with a match with PEC Zwolle.
See also: All exhibition games of Eredivisie clubs in preparation for the new season