Ronald Koeman has explained why he continues to select the struggling Luuk de Jong over Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst.

Luuk de Jong has failed to score a goal or contribute an assist in seven La Liga games so far this season and he was heavily criticised in the Spanish media for a series of misses against Barcelona on Sunday.

Wout Weghorst, on the other hand, has been in great form for Wolfsburg so far, scoring four goals and adding two assists in seven Bundesliga games.

Koeman continues to prefer De Jong in his Netherlands squads and he explained why at his press conference on Monday. According to Voetbal International, he said, “If you really have to force something, I think that Luuk is better at it than Weghorst.”

On what Weghorst needs to do, Koeman added, “He must continue to score like this. He must also show that he improves throughout his game and not only focus on goals. He can do even better in that. But there is no doubt that he is enormously important for his club and he has a high return. That is of course what it is all about, that is clear.”

On De Jong’s performance against Barcelona, Koeman said, “For Luuk, it was only the first game that he really had chances. That he played again, indicates that the trainer has faith in Luuk. But he certainly should have made one. That is obvious. He was unhappy and had some bad luck. ”

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