Farke hails 'brilliant' Drmic and delivers injury boost on missing stars
PUBLISHED: 23:14 27 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:09 28 July 2019
Josip Drmic was Daniel Farke's headliner in a 5-1 mauling of Luton Town - and there was more good news on the absence of Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia at Kenilworth Road.
Drmic proved an able deputy for the Finnish hotshot with a first half hat-tick after Pukki was again left out as a precaution to rest a toe problem.
Buendia got a smack on the foot early in Friday's open training session but Farke is confident both will be available for the final two home pre-season friendlies.
"Teemu was back in team training on Friday but we didn't want to take any risks with his toe and get another hit," said Farke. "I am pretty sure he will be available for the last two tests. Emi got a hit very early in the open training against his foot.
"It was much better this morning but, again, no risks taken and I am sure they will feature in the final two pre-season games.
"Teemu is in good shape. He looked sharp against Schalke 04. Emi has been out with a few little injuries and he needs some more game time but with no setbacks he can have these minutes."
Drmic scored three in 29 minutes with Patrick Roberts and Marco Stiepermann also on target against the Championship new boys.
"Yes, I can't deny it. That was impressive. A really, really good performance," said Farke. "We were pretty respectful because we knew this was a side playing with plenty of rhythm after promotion in their final game before they start against Middlesbrough.
"They started with their strongest side. They tried to be aggressive early but we were unbelievably focused and determined to be there with a good performance.
"I made it clear from the first second we needed to be concentrated and professional. We did that for the 90 minutes.
"Sometimes it is tough for the offensive players in pre-season when we do all the exhausting running. For offensive players it is good to be there with goals and assists for the confidence.
"Josip was brilliant and so were the other guys - Patrick Roberts, Todd Cantwell, even the subs. They looked pretty sharp but Josip with three goals was probably the man of the match."