Feyenoord hopes to thwart PSV in the battle for Excelsior attacker. The reigning champion has an important trump card: the talented Slovakian Leo Sauer (18) should take the opposite route on a rental basis, so that the fellow citizen would not have to look for a replacement.
This is what Feyenoord club watcher Martijn Krabbendam writes Football International. Using the ‘trump card’ Sauer would have helped both Feyenoord and Excelsior. The player could make the necessary flying hours at Eredivisie level in Kralingen, which Feyenoord only succeeds to a limited extent. Excelsior, in turn, does not have to look any further for someone who can take Driouech’s place.
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With the departure of Javairô Dilrosun to the Mexican Club América, Feyenoord is left with four wingers in Luka Ivanusec, Igor Paixão, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Sauer. Calvin Stengs and Bart Nieuwkoop can also play on the (right) flank, but are by nature a ‘ten’ and a right back respectively. “The fact that coach Arne Slot has already opted for defender Bart Nieuwkoop as a hanging right striker twice is not only a tactical choice, but also a signal,” writes Krabbendam.
Excelsior would also be interested in the arrival of Sauer: “The club from Kralingen sees Leo Sauer as a player who should replace Driouech, on a rental basis. Feyenoord also thinks that is a good idea, but only if the club has the attacker (Driouech, ed.) can take over for a market-based amount,” says Krabbendam. The double deal could well be the deciding factor in the battle with PSV, which earlier on deadline day decided to give the green light for the departure of Yorbe Vertessen. “When it really comes to money, PSV has the best hand,” it reads, but: “Sauer could be Feyenoord’s trump card in negotiations with Excelsior.”