The appointment of Ruud van Nistelrooij has paved the way to PSV’s successful transfer summer, according to Hans Kraay junior. The analyst saw every one of the so-called top purchases of the past few weeks really convinced after a conversation with the new trainer, he says at football talk† Fellow analyst Sjoerd Mossou, however, suspects that ‘a tipping point in Amsterdam’ also played a significant role.
PSV has had an extremely successful summer transfer period so far. In the past two weeks, no fewer than six acquisitions were presented, several of which were notable names. Boy Waterman, Walter Benítez, Xavi Simons, Ki-Jana Hoever, Luuk de Jong and Guus Til all joined the Eindhoven team and according to Kraay Jr. the credits for this should largely go to Van Nistelrooij.
“He is already worth his money”, Kraay Jr. begins about the 46-year-old former striker, who is at the highest level for his first job as head coach. “The way he convinces Xavi Simons so incredibly quickly – that is just convincing his father Regilio Simons, who is very critical – and how he does that with Luuk de Jong, who was also pulled a lot.. . after one call, players are over.” Presenter Vincent Schildkamp, however, has a comment. “Isn’t the technical part mainly due to John de Jong (technical director of PSV, ed.)?” “Yes”, says Kraay Jr., “but you can hear it from Guus Til, Simons, De Jong: ‘After an hour and a half with Ruud, I wanted to’.”
Mossou doesn’t think it’s just Van Nistelrooij; the turbulent times in Amsterdam also play a role, according to him. “I think those purchases recognize that, if there is a plan behind it, they have a good chance against Ajax. After all, Ajax is a club in transition. New trainer, new technical leadership, a whole lot of new players. You can see that in it. Amsterdam is a tipping point, more than two years ago (when Roger Schmidt, who recently left for Benfica, took the helm at PSV, ed.). Eindhoven anticipates that.”
Companion of the table Freek Jansen notes ‘that the same things happen at PSV’. “Also a new trainer. Also a new general manager. Also many new players. Only they are really the fighter, and they fully attack. And they also want to invest to secure at least that second place.” Kraay junior dares to make a bold claim in that regard: “If Cody Gakpo and Ibrahim Sangaré stay, PSV will be the title favourite.”