Spitsentrainer Zenden satisfied: ‘Zahavi is really a training beest’

A goal against ADO The Hague and hits against Rosenborg and PAOK in the Europa League. It was the disappointing figures of Eran Zahavi at PSV this season until last Sunday.

However, in the opening phase of the topper against Ajax, the Israeli striker was ruthless. With two goals in twenty minutes, the fans of the Eindhovenaren finally saw the Zahavi they had hoped for.

Because expectations were high when the 33-year-old attacker was brought from China to Eindhoven in September. Both in the Chinese league at Guangzhou R&F and before Maccabi Tel Aviv he scored on the assembly line: 91 goals in China, 99 goals in Israel.

In Eindhoven it didn‘t want to float in the first half of the season and so there was criticism. However, at the training complex De Herdgang people kept confidence in the centre rush, as emphasizes Boudewijn Zenden, current spike trainer at PSV.

โ€œ He was searching in the beginning, came from another competition and then got injured for a whileโ€, responds Zenden at Lijn on NPO radio 1.

โ€œ It is an experienced player who has made many goals in the past. And then people can say it was in Israel or China, but you’ll have to make them anyway.โ€

In Eindhoven, in addition to an injury, Zahavi also had to deal with the coronavirus. In the end, it didn‘t diminish his attitude. โ€œBecause when you see how he trains. He knows what he wants,โ€ continues Sending. โ€œHe is also always extra finishing after training. Zahavi really is a training animal.โ€

โ€œ He reminds me of Frank Lampard. After the training he still stayed with a bag with twenty balls behind the field, then he started shooting at the target. Then it’s no surprise that it comes out in the game. If you invest, it pays for itselfโ€, says the former player from PSV, FC Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Donyell Milling

Especially the interaction with fellow attacker Donyell Malen stood out in the match against Ajax. Milling gave twice an assist on Zahavi.

โ€œ That really jumped out,โ€ says Zenden. โ€œThey know how to find each other well. That is also a profit we have achieved.โ€

โ€œ Both are used to playing in the rush hour instead of just the two of us. They had to tune that together. So the goals certainly do not come as a surprise.โ€