Curbs demands more from Den
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley believes Dennis Rommedahl has much to prove.
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley believes that winger Dennis Rommedahl has much to prove during the forthcoming campaign.
Rommedahl joined The Addicks from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in a £2 million deal last July and came with the reputation as one of the most exciting wingers in Europe.
However the pacy Danish international disappointed many at The Valley and struggled to find any consistent form, making just 20 league starts.
Curbishley has now admitted: "I am looking for Dennis to establish himself.
"I said to him there were certain things he had to improve on in order for him to establish himself in the side.
"He has gone away in the summer, thought about it and has come back trying to take my advice on board.
"Let's hope he can do that because there is a lot more to come from Dennis," added Curbishley.
Rommedahl has admitted that it took him a while to come to terms with the physical side of Premiership football and believes that contributed to his slow start in England.
"The pace of the game is a lot higher and physically it is tougher to play in England than in Holland.
"I was used to getting a lot of the ball to my feet. I would get the ball about forty times a game in Holland but here I only get it about 10 times," he added.
Having put his difficult first season behind him Rommedahl has agreed with Curbishley's assertion that there is a lot more to come from the player.
He said: "My performance last year was not what I, the fans or the manager expected. I was disappointed.
"This season I want it to be different and the manager is wanting the same."