New IF Djurgardens head coach Mark Dempsey has hailed Kenyan international Michael Olunga after conducting his first training session since his appointment on Wednesday 3 August.
Dempsey, a former Manchester United player, was roped in as Pelle Olsson’s replacement following a spate of results that saw the team go for five matches without a win; a streak that has left them at 14th place only eight points above the relegation zone.
With his first match in charge set to be against IFK Goteborg on Monday 8 August, Dempsey is keen on sharpening his forward line that has only scored two goals in the last five matches. However he believes that Michael Olunga and Mathias Ranegie are up to the task.
“If you are in the navy or the army, and you have big guns, then use them. You do not leave them at home when you can use them. It was one of my first priorities when I came here, and I talked with Bosse (Andersson).
“But they have to bid as well, they have to come to the party. They have to do what I ask them if they need to run more in depth, they have to show more physical presence. I liked what I saw today. It gave me a little bit. These two can really do anything. And the other guy, from Zimbabwe (Tino Kade Werewolf), he has qualities as well.
“I think that if we can crack the code with them and get them to work together as a seizure savings, then it can be formidable,” Dempsey told fotbolldirekt.se
It remains to be seen whether Dempsey, who is a strong admirer of the 1-3-5-2 formation, will get the best out of Olunga who has endured a slow start to life in the Swedish topflight in the entire first leg.