Five things from JPL Match day 19
John van den Brom keeps on changing his formation (Bjorn De Cock)
Anderlecht won this weekend with 2-1 against KAA Gent in the Ghelamco Arena. John van den Brom surprised us again with another formation. Tielemans played as a winger this time and Bruno as an attacking midfielder in the hole just behind Aleksandar Mitrovic. We have to admit that John van den Brom had to solve a puzzle due to injuries from Dennis Praet and Sacha Kljestan and with Demy de Zeeuw starting on the bench again it’s clear that his period at Anderlecht comes to an end. Manager Herman Van Holsbeeck already said that Anderlecht will buy a defending midfielder with leading capabilities.
Cercle Brugge and KV Oostende leaving the dangerous relegation zone (Bjorn De Cock)
Nobody gave KV Oostende a chance at the start of this season. The second division champion from 2012-2013 only bought Franck Berrier and loaned Fernando Canesin and Jordan Lukaku as big names. Even with the extra quality, most of us JPL watchers expected a disaster for the “Kustboys”. For Marc Coucke, his club won again this weekend and already have 21 points – well on their way to safety. Cercle Brugge lost last week against KV Oostende after a good period of results. This week they picked up the three points again, beating Mons. Cercle Brugge have already gathered 23 points in 19 matches, last season they had a total of 14 points after 30 games.
Sporting Charleroi stealing points again from a top team (Bjorn De Cock)
The Carolo’s are turning back into the team they always used to be: a giant killer. Their former President, Abbas Bayat, almost destroyed the beautiful club; he managed the club on his own and he only wanted coaches who listened to him. He decided who played, but if things went wrong he sacked his coaches. It was because of this that the young talented coach Yannick Ferrera left. Abbas Bayat sold the club in 2012 and that was a gift for the fans of Sporting Charleroi. The club is playing well this season and certainly against the big clubs. After beating Anderlecht some weeks ago they now take a point against Club Brugge after being 2-0 down at half time.
This Standard Liège should always win the title (Bjorn De Cock)
Guy Luzon and his men impressed this weekend against fellow title contender Racing Genk. So far, Mario Been was the only coach in the Jupiler Pro League who had found the right balance in his team but this weekend, the Dutch coach tried out some new things against Standard Liège and he would soon regret it. Khaleem Hyland started as a central defender and Genk played with five at the back, a tricky formation against Standard Liège and their powerful front line. Standard Liège were by far the better team but only managed to score on the hour mark. It only took them one minute to score another one. Like we already said before, with such a talented group of attacking players, Guy Luzon should always bring another title home at Liège.
Thorgan Hazard and his stats after 19 matches (Bjorn De Cock)
Thorgan Hazard scored nine goals in nineteen matches, but probably even more important for a midfielder are his nine assists. This means that Thorgan Hazard has been involved in 46% of Zulte Waregem’s goals scored this season. A massive stat for a relatively inexperienced 20-year-old. Hazard showed again that he’s ready for a next step in his career, if he stays in Belgium then he would have to sign a contract with Anderlecht, Standard, Genk or Club Brugge but it is seems that Thorgan might even ready for a stronger competition. Not Chelsea or another top club but a team like Hamburg, Marseille, Sevilla, … would be a challenge for him.
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