Baxter explains why Veldwijk is important
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has revealed what South Africans can expect from his striker Lars Veldwijk.
Veldwijk has returned to Bafana Bafana since making his debut under Shakes Mashaba in 2016, thanks to his 24 goals in 34 league games for Holland’s Sparta.
The 1.96-metre tall striker will obviously offer great physicality to hold up the ball against imposing defenders in Egypt, but Baxter says he is also a clinical scorer.
“If you’d have watched some of our finishing drills‚ Lars has been so clinical. He’s not scored a lot of goals [at club level] for no reason‚” Baxter told Times Live.
Baxter went on to explain that the best way to get the best out of Veldwijk is direct play that involves early crosses.
Had a few people asking to see Lars Veldwijk’s hat trick over the weekend, so here it is…— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) December 10, 2018
He’s now got 16 goals in 17 Eerste Divisie games this season. 🇿🇦⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ILSVFpUI4g
“In the [training] game we played in Pretoria [on Saturday]‚ he pulled away‚ they played a ball up‚ he took it on his chest‚ he knocked it wide‚ the cross came in and he headed it in the back of the net,” Baxter added.
“That’s using him properly. And when he gets in those situations he can finish. He’s not so easy on the eye. I’ll give you that. He’s not so easy on the eye as a Percy or a Lebo,” Baxter concluded.
Bafana take on Ghana in a friendly this Saturday, another practice game against Angola will follow before AFCON begins on Monday 24 June against Ivory Coast.