Been counting on new recruits
Feyenoord coach Mario Been hopes the club's new loan signings will boost them in their relegation battle.
Last Updated: 04/02/11 1:14pm
Feyenoord coach Mario Been hopes the club's new loan signings will boost them in their relegation battle this season.
The injury-hit Dutch side have struggled to make an impact in the Eredivisie this season, with poor results leaving them 15th in the table and just four points clear of the drop zone.
Been moved to address the club's problems during last month's transfer window, bringing in midfielder Marcel Meeuwis, striker Soren Larsen and Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi on loan.
And the coach expects the fresh faces to have a significant impact in the concluding months of the season as Feyenoord push for top-flight survival.
"Marc, we tested and the results are excellent," Been told Voetbal International. "He is also an experienced player.
"The physical condition of Larsen we'll test this week, but I do not think that will give us many problems. I am happy that these guys are here."
He added: "We also have Ryo Miyaichi, who made a good impression during training."
Feyenoord have been forced to contend with a lengthy casualty list this season, but after a heartening display in their 2-1 defeat to FC Twente on Sunday, Been feels the club can finally start putting their problems behind them.
He added: "Despite the fact that we still don't have guys like Sekou Cisse, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Daniel Fernandez, Rob van Dijk and Bart Schenkeveld, we are still a large group of fit players.
"With the quality of the new guys and the game against FC Twente in my mind, I still believe that we are going to get enough points (to stay up)."