Koeman: Djuričić's flexibility a big positive

By SFC Media time Mon 02 Feb First team

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was pleased to complete the loan signing of Filip Djuričić on the final day of the January transfer window.

Djuričić became Koeman’s second signing in January, following on from Eljero Elia’s arrival at the beginning of the month, and the Saints boss was happy to see the 23 year-old make the move to St Mary’s.

Djuričić spent the first half of the season on loan at German side Mainz 05, and Koeman believes his flexibility will be a big plus for him and the team during the remaining 15 games of the campaign.

“I know the player from Holland,” Koeman told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “He played several seasons for Heerenveen and then he moved to Benfica.

“He had some good games, there was a lot of interest in the player when he was at Heerenveen. He moved to Portugal and now it’s a good chance for the player to develop himself.

“It’s a young player, he’s 23 years old, he’s technical, fast and he can play in different positions in the midfield. He can play on the left side and the right side.

“It’s part of the philosophy of the club; young players. He was in a difficult situation, he was on loan at Mainz and we will take him on loan for the rest of the season.

“It’s a good possibility for him, and for us it’s one more player who can play in different positions. It’s always best for the coach to have more possibilities in players who can change positions.

“The last few weeks we have had problems to score goals, like Sunday. We created good opportunities and you have to score, always it’s easy to have really good competition.”

The attacking midfielder is a good friend of Saints’ Dušan Tadić, having played together for Serbia, and Koeman believes that the influence of Tadić and style of football his side play will help Djuričić settle quickly.

“It’s always important,” Koeman added. “It makes the adaptation a little bit easier and faster and that’s good.

“It’s difficult for young players to make the step to teams like Benfica, it’s physical football in Portugal and the player is more technical.

“I think it’s better for him to play in a team like Southampton because our type of football is the best for Djuričić.”