Former Socceroo and current Fox Sports Football pundit Archie Thompson believes PSV Eindhoven can be the club to help propel Trent Sainsbury’s career to another level.
Sainsbury signed a three-year deal with Dutch champions PSV on Tuesday night, where he will link up with former Socceroos assistant Mark van Bommel.
The 26-year-old was able to join the club after mutually ending his contract with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.
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Sainsbury earned the transfer thanks to an impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, going some way to impressing van Bommel.
Despite spending a short time on loan in Switzerland with Grasshopper at the tail end of the 2017-18 season, this European move signals the one most Australia fans had been waiting for.
Thompson, who spent six months on loan with PSV in 2006, welcomed Sainsbury’s move.
“The Dutch league isn’t as strong as what it used to be, but I think if you’re in that top three (PSV, Feyenoord and Ajax), you’re going to better your game,” he told Wednesday’s Daily Football Show.
“Now he can really concentrate on improving his game because he was outstanding in the World Cup.
“We all know that the manager of the Socceroos has links to Holland and also PSV.
“I think he’s going to better his game and play at the top level and I think even PSV play a bit of Champions League football, which will be good for him.”
PSV are due to partake in the Champions League play-offs, still to learn their opponent with the hope of meeting Europe’s best thereafter.
Crucially, Thompson believes Sainsbury’s ball-playing game will be suited by his new surrounds.
“What he going to learn at that club is invaluable for him, for his style of football too,” the former Melbourne Victory added.
“He is a really technical player and if anything, he’s got better with age.
“I just think with the experience he’ll have at PSV and the coaches there … this is almost like a stepping stone for him.
“He can really hone his game, work on it and I think the sky’s the limit. He could go onto bigger and better things with learning a lot at PSV.”
Sainsbury will be straight into action for long-time admirers Rood-witten, whose Eredivisie season starts this weekend against FC Utrecht.