Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 2:51 PM• Sam Vreeswijk • Last update: 14:56

Mario Been thinks that Arne Slot should prefer Santiago Giménez in the striker at Feyenoord, he says in the Dick Formekaar Podcast. Until now, the Feyenoord coach has always opted to put Danilo in the base and have Giménez come in in the second half. However, Been is convinced that the Mexican will eventually become the first striker of the Rotterdam team.

“Feyenoord will enjoy that a lot, I am absolutely convinced of that,” said Been about Giménez. “He has something extra. He has that absolute urge to score, he wants to score. You see it in everything. To the pre-actions and the aggressiveness in the penalty area.” Yet Been is not negative about Danilo either. “He’s not dissonant. It’s not that he doesn’t care. But with time, Giménez will become the first striker of Feyenoord.”

The current striker discussion is somewhat reminiscent of last season in South Rotterdam. Then Slot had Bryan Linssen and Cyriel Dessers at his disposal. The coach then largely opted for Linssen in the starting line-up and Dessers as substitutes, although those roles were reversed in the last two months of the season. Been sees similarities between Dessers and Giménez. “Dessers was also not a champion in playing football. Those kind of strikers are in the places to kick the ball in. I think that’s important for a striker,” continues the former Feyenoord player and trainer.

Danilo made the transfer from Ajax to Feyenoord this summer on a free transfer. He has started in all official games so far, scoring six goals. Giménez made the switch from Mexican Cruz Azul to Feyenoord at the end of July, so far came in six times and scored five times. Both strikers were accurate in the Europa League last Thursday against Sturm Graz (6-0 win): Danilo made the 3-0 after a nice combination, while Giménez put the 5-0 on the board with a beautiful header.


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