Winger Oussama Idrissi heads into the new season looking to build on an excellent first six months in the Groningen first team.

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Idrissi started his career in NAC Breda’s academy before being picked up by Feyenoord in 2011. The attacker spent four years in Rotterdam but was allowed to leave on a free transfer last summer after reports that the clubs coaches were unhappy with the youngsters attitude. Groningen then swooped to sign Idrissi, who started in the club’s reserve side, for whom he netted nine goals.

His performances at U21 level impressed then Groningen boss Edwin van de Looi who finally handed the youngster his Eredivisie debut against Heracles and the winger went on to become a regular, scoring three times and adding four assists in 16 games. His direct style has made him a fan favourite at the Euroborg and Groningen tied the attacker down to a new contract this summer to ensure he remains at the club for the near future.

The 20-year-old has represented Netherlands at U17 level, but could switch his allegiances in the future to Morocco if he desired.

Style of play

Idrissi is predominantly a right winger but loves to cut inside with the ball and often drifts all over the pitch looking for space. He is very direct with the ball at his feet and his work rate is fantastic, with the youngster always on the move and willing to race back to help out his defence. A decent crosser of the ball, Idrissi also likes to cut in and shoot with either foot.

What to expect from Idrissi this season

Idrissi will be looking to build on a strong start with Groningen and claim the right winger spot as his own under new coach Ernest Faber. If he continues his form from the end of last season then Groningen will have a real weapon on their hands, while the Netherlands U21’s should come calling as they look to qualify for the European Championships.

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