The name Mohamed Ihattaren isn’t yet a household name, which is fully expected as the midfielder has just turned 18 years old. Ihattaren is however one of the highest rated wonderkids, although he’s at risk of losing this status.
The issue for him? He’s failing to get minutes in the PSV first team. In order to develop into the player that he wants to become, he needs time on the pitch. It’s been a difficult time for the Dutch midfielder, who also had to drop out of the National side due to injury.
The Summer transfer windows did Ihattaren no favours, with Mario Gotze being added to the PSV squad. They are direct competitors for the same spot, but the Golden Boy from 2011 is favoured.
PSV manager Roger Schmidt has been criticised for ruining Mohamed’s development, as he was once labelled the prodigy of the Eredivisie. Schmidt reportedly disciplined him for returning to pre-season overweight, but he’s also developed PSV into a formation which doesn’t require a central attacking midfielder.
You guessed it, Ihatarren operates primarily as a Number 10. He’s a flair player, which likes to control the tempo of the game, with the ball at his feet. However, out of possession, he doesn’t have an incredible work rate. He needs to improve this in order to retain his place in the PSV lineup, as Schmidt is a huge believer of working hard with & without the ball.
So, Mohamed Ihattaren has increased competition this season, alongside a manager that he still needs to impress. However, he can take this into his stride & use it to his advantage. He has a reason to improve.
Although Mario Gotze is competing for a place against Mohamed, he can use the German World Cup Winners experience, to improve his game further. Healthy competition is always good.
Chelsea & Manchester City have Scouted him extensively, but Ajax have also announced their interest in his services. Marc Overmars, the Technical Director stated that he would interest Ajax.
He could well take the step up to Ajax before making a big-money move to the Premier League.
It’s strange to see the clubs best talent sitting on the bench, but sometimes, tough love is what works in Football. There’s little point in giving a young player minutes, if he’s not performing to an adequate level, or improving.
We have already reported on Donyell Malen, who we think will have an excellent career. He made the difficult decision to leave Arsenal in order to gain vital playing experience.
We aren’t sure if Mohamed should leave PSV just yet, he needs to improve his work rate & re-establish himself as the biggest prospect in Dutch football.