Pelle: Feyenoord can test top three

A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Last Updated: 15/11/12 at 14:57 Post Comment

Graziano Pelle: We can finish in the top three

Graziano Pelle: We can finish in the top three

Graziano Pelle hopes Feyenoord will turn on the style again in their Eredivisie clash with bottom side Willem II on Sunday.

The Parma centre forward, who is on a season-long loan at Feyenoord, has scored six goals so far this season and thinks the Rotterdam-based club are playing the kind of football that will see them in title contention again this season.

They are currently fifth in the overall standings, nine points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven, who have amassed 30 points from their opening 12 league games.

Despite the already considerable gap, Pelle is confident Feyenoord will be in the mix at the end of the season due to the attacking style of football they are playing.

"We can finish in the top three," Pelle told Voetbal International. "Of the clubs which I've played, only FC Twente and PSV are beyond us.

"Scoring is fun, but more importantly, I think we are playing better football.

"You see that our attacking game is smoother, more beautiful. And whether I score makes little difference to me, as long as we are scoring."

Elsewhere, Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel is in contention to face NEC Nijmegen on Sunday after he made his debut for Holland in the 0-0 draw against Germany in Wednesday's international friendly.

The 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute for Ibrahim Afellay and returns to his club full of confidence after gaining 30 minutes of game-time at the Amsterdam ArenA.

"You dream of it as a little boy," Van Ginkel said.

"This gives me a very good feeling. You are called up for Holland and you hope to get minutes.

"Something happened with Afellay, I don't know what and I had to quickly change. I was not that bad with my nerves. I had no time to think because before I knew it I was already there. I'm very happy to play for half an hour."

Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer also made his international debut for Holland against Germany in place of usual first choice, Newcastle's Tim Krul, who was on the bench after recently returning from injury.

Ajax play Eredivisie strugglers VVV-Venlo on Saturday at the Amsterdam ArenA - the same venue Vermeer kept a clean sheet on Wednesday night.

That has given the 26-year-old confidence ahead of the return to league action, as Frank de Boer's side look to close the gap to the leaders.

"It was nice to be told so early that I would play, so I could focus properly," Vermeer said following his debut.

"I had a little more stress than usual when I stepped onto the field, but it was better than expected with the nerves. I think I've notched a good game, though I had not much to do."

In the other Eredivisie matches, leaders PSV Eindhoven take on mid-table ADO Den Haag, Heerenveen are at home to RKC Waalwijk, strugglers Zwolle play NAC Breda and FC Groningen meet AZ Alkmaar.

On Sunday, second-placed FC Twente travel to FC Utrecht and Heracles Almelo play Roda JC.


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