After a disastrous campaign both in the Netherlands and Europe, PSV are splashing the cash to ensure no repeat performance is possible
PSV Eindhoven are taking no prisoners this transfer market in a bid to become Dutch masters once again and throw Feyenoord off their Eredivisie throne.
First, highly rated Mexican winger Hirving Lozano joined the club and now it’s Dutch defender Derrick Luckassen who has signed for The Red and White Army. Both signings are a statement of intent after a horrific 2016/17 campaign.
Last season, after winning the league the previous two years, PSV looked off the pace from day one. It resulted in an early knockout in the Dutch Cup and in the Champions League. In the Eredivisie, PSV never looked like threatening Feyenoord and Ajax and subsequently ended the season in third.
Winning the Eredivisie title twice might have made the PSV players ease off a little as they were clearly the best team in the country at the time. This kind of attitude has now cost the club money with no Champions League football next season. To return to the promised land, PSV have gone out and spent some cash.
PSV’s big signing so far is Hirving Lozano who has been signed for a reported fee of €8M from Mexican side CF Pachuca. The forward comes with a strong reputation, having won the CONCACAF Champions League and being a regular Mexican international.
The 21-year-old can play on the left side in a 4-2-3-1 and brings a quality PSV lacked last season; pace. He is dangerous with the ball at his feet but is also capable of stretching the play, which is a quality the Eindhoven-based side doesn’t have in abundance. Lozano also has an eye for a goal, scoring 18 times in his final campaign for Pachuca.
Next to an attacking reinforcement, PSV has signed up someone to bolster their defence as well. Derrick Luckassen has been bought from AZ as the replacement for Hector Moreno – who was sold to AS Roma earlier this transfer window. For €5M, PSV have brought in a promising, very versatile 22-year-old Dutchman, even capable of putting in a shift in midfield.
Area of improvement
With Luckassen and Lozano, PSV are on the right course to build a title-challenging team again. Still, there is one area that needs addressing. It’s the striker position. Luuk de Jong did well in his first two years back in the Eredivisie but was simply appalling last season. Nine goals in 39 appearances is an indication that PSV should be looking elsewhere for the No9 position if they want to win trophies again.
To get a qualified striker, PSV would have to spend big again and look abroad. Someone like Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede would be perfect. He has power and height and would be too hot to handle for virtually any defence in Holland to be a perfect fit for PSV.
With Gastón Pereiro and Hirving Lozano on the flanks and a big target man up front, PSV would instantly be the favourites to grab their 24th league title.