After completing a move to the Premier League in the summer it was not long before Jairo Riedewald saw the manager who had signed him leave the club but the incoming boss, Roy Hodgson, speaks highly of how the youngster has impressed him to ensure he had no hesitation in selecting him once the opportunity came along.
The midfielder recognised that managerial changes happen in the game all the time and his job in hand was to show the new manager what he was about and wait for his chance.
That opportunity has come of late due to the extensive midfield injury list with his start last weekend against Tottenham seeing him make his ninth top flight appearance.
“He has done well, right from the off it was clear he was a very skilful football player so it was a question of whether he would be able to match up to the rigours of the Premier League and the tactical demands that we as coaches make and for a long period of time now he has been doing that.
“He has not been in the team quite simply because the competition for places in that centre of midfield has been very strong but now with (Ruben) Loftus- Cheek out for a long period of time and we’ve lost Yohan Cabaye now so all of a sudden the situation has become better for him in the sense that the competition has weakened and he, during the time we have been working him, in my opinion has strengthened his candidature in all ways because he’s worked hard at his game and worked hard at what we are trying to do," reflected Hodgson when asked how he thought the 21 year old had progressed since making the move from Ajax.
The manager is pleased with how Riedewald waited for his chance, before going on and taking his opportunity and has been impressed at how the Dutch under 21 international has adapted well to the change in style from the football he had been used to in Holland.
“He has come to terms with the fact that the Premier League is a very different league to the Dutch league, especially if you are playing at Ajax so he deserves every credit for what he has done to get where he is today and we still believe that he has a large margin of progression because he is still a very young player.”