Van der Hoorn set for Swansea debut

13 Jul

Mike van der Hoorn

Mike van der Hoorn played 48 games for FC Utrecht before moving to Ajax

New Swansea City signing Mike van der Hoorn will make his debut for the club on their USA tour.

Defender Van der Hoorn joined the Swans from Ajax on a three-year contract.

The 23-year old is likely to play 45 minutes in Wednesday’s friendly against Charlotte Independence.

“I can’t wait to wear the Swansea shirt,” said van der Hoorn. “I’m really looking forward to representing the club for the first time in a match situation.”

Swansea have signed two Dutch players in July, with Netherlands international Leroy Fer also joining after a successful loan spell.

“The boys have made it easy for me to settle in here. They are a great bunch and they’ve welcomed me in with open arms,” he told the club’s website.

“The fact that I have the Dutch links with Leroy (Fer) and Kenji (Gorre) helps, but they’ve all been great. I’m rooming with Leroy and he’s looking after me.

“We’ve only been here a week, but it feels like a month from the point of getting to know everyone. That’s the benefit of coming on tour together like this.”

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Leroy Fer has been relegated with Norwich and QPR since joining English football in 2013

Andre Ayew is unlikely to figure for Swansea having only joined up with the squad on Monday due to international commitments.

The Swans are understood to be looking for additions to their squad despite adding Manchester United defender Tyler Reid and former Watford midfielder George Byers.

They are particularly focused on adding a striker with Bafetimbi Gomis close to a move to Marseille while Portugal’s Euro 2016 winner and goalscoring hero Eder departed the Liberty Stadium for Lille in May after failing to score in 15 appearances.

Swansea’s pre-season fixtures

Charlotte Independence, Thursday, 13 July 23:30 BST (Ramblewood Stadium)

Richmond Kickers, Sunday, 16 July 00.00 BST (City Stadium, Virginia)

Bristol Rovers, Saturday, 23 July 15:00 BST (Memorial Stadium)

Swindon Town, Wednesday, 27 July BST 19:45 BST (County Ground)

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Saturday, 30 July 15:00 BST (Molineux)

Stade Rennais, Saturday, 6 August 15:00 BST (Liberty Stadium)

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