RKC Waalwijk coach Martin Koopman believes Hearts will make money on new signing Kenny Anderson if they help him realise his potential.
The Dutch coach complimented the Edinburgh club on an astute piece of business and stressed they can earn a profit on their investment after signing Anderson for a nominal fee.
The 22-year-old agreed an 18-month contract yesterday after severing ties at Waalwijk. Koopman, the club’s head coach, expects the midfielder to thrive in Scotland and earn cash for his new club in the future. He described Anderson as an attacking midfielder who likes to get into the penalty box and stressed he has the potential to be a prize asset at Tynecastle.
“I think Hearts did a good job taking him because he is young and they can make money from him,” said Koopman, speaking to the Evening News. “I hope that happens for him. He must accept he is playing in a hard competition and he must get used to it. I think he will learn quickly. His roots are in Scotland because his father was born there and it will help him having family there. I think he will adjust and settle quickly.
“His specialities are that he is a good technical player. He can come as a No.10 and go beyond the striker to get into the box. He has a good instinct to run without the ball and get into dangerous areas in the penalty box. The awareness to go forward and to see the moment for a chance is his speciality. He is very cool in the box so he can also score a goal.
“Sometimes he is not an easy boy. He must accept hard play, but he will learn that in training. I have worked with him for the last four months and he has made progress. I’m very happy for him that he has made this step. It will be good for his career.”
Koopman explained that Anderson was unhappy when left out of the Waalwijk team earlier this season. The veteran coach had to rebuild the playing squad following last season’s relegation to Holland’s second division and was encouraged by Anderson’s response after being omitted.
“We are looking for a balance in the team because we lost 24 players last year and I must now work with very young players,” continued Koopman. “At first, I was playing defensively and it was not a place for Kenny at that moment. He was disappointed, but that’s good.
“After a while we made progress so I put him into the team and the team was growing. We were attacking more so the reason he was not playing was just because of the balance in the team.”
Meanwhile, Hearts director Robert Wilson has resigned from the club’s board due to health reasons.
• Hearts Under-20s are due to face Rangers at Murray Park this afternoon in a 2pm kick-off.