Kromkamp advocates single system of play

Former Liverpool and Netherlands defender Jan Kromkamp believes that standardising one formation across all age groups is important to a nation’s success.

The now-retired Kromkamp, who started and ended his career with Eredivisie outfit Go Ahead Eagles, thinks that Singapore can learn from the Dutch school of thought of emphasising the 4-3-3 formation from their adolescent years onwards.

“It’s very important to play with one standard system,” he told FourFourTwo at the Tanglin Trust School on Thursday morning.

“How can you play with one system when you’re 13, play another at 15 and maybe play another at 17? How can you become better in this way? We always play 4-3-3, with three strikers and three midfielders, in Holland.

Since retiring in 2013, Kromkamp has stayed in football and worked with the commercial department at Go Ahead Eagles, as well as coaching their club academy.

“The last time, we [Go Ahead Eagles] played against a team who put out a 4-4-2. I wondered: ‘Why are you playing like that in England?’

“It’s a good system, I’m not saying anything bad about it. But when I was 15 and 16 years old, I was always playing 4-3-3 and we never had to play 4-4-2.”

The former Liverpool right-back believes having good coaches, especially former players of the club, is crucial in building up an academy.

“It’s important to get the right coaches who are capable of doing the best things for the youth,” said the 34-year-old.

“In Holland, we have great academies across the whole country and a certain way of playing which helps every player develop himself.

“We’ve just started ours at Go Ahead Eagles where we have former players who are coaching the young ones – myself included, as well as Harry Decheiver who used to play for Borussia Dortmund.”

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Jan Kromkamp and the Liverpool Legends will be appearing at The Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.