Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg expects incoming recruit Blaise Nkufo to do well when he arrives at the club. The Sounders signed Nkufo from Dutch champions FC Twente back in March but knew he would be on national team duties with the Switzerland team at the World Cup and would not join the team until July.
With Nkufo's imminent arrival expected this week, Ljungberg was excited about the prospect although he was aware that some members of the Sounders squad were a bit anxious about his entrance.
"Yeah, I think he'll be great when he comes in. I think everybody's waiting for him to come," Ljungberg told the Seattle Times.
"It's always a little bit as well, players have known for a long time that he's coming, but he's not here. Sometimes it hangs anxiety on some players that maybe he's like replacing their position and people don't always feel as free as they would otherwise. There's always a mental thing about signing players early and people know they're coming in but don't have them.
"But I hope now when he's here it's going to be great for everyone and he's going to do great I think."