Jupiler Pro League Revelations 7 & 6: Fernando Canesin and Julien De Sart

In the next few weeks BeNeFoot will be bringing you who they believe at the 10 biggest revelations of the Belgian Pro League 2013/14 season. Who has emerged from the darkness and shocked fans and pundits alike with their impressive performances?

We continue the countdown with numbers 7 and 6:

7. Fernando Canesin (KV Oostende) – by Bjorn De Cock

Who was going to win the title this season was unpredictable but what everybody certainly expected was for newly promoted KV Oostende to be relegated immediately after their first year in Belgium’s top flight. During the summer there were even rumours that KV Oostende would sell their license to a new club in Antwerp and that KV Oostende’s former president, Yves Lejaeghere, didn’t had the finances to run a club in the Jupiler Pro League and was desperately seeking for an investor.

Most of us were surprised when Marc Coucke showed his interest in the newly promoted club, the former pharmacist has built his empire in that realm and is the owner of the giant Omega Pharma. KV Oostende finally found their wealthy president, who immediately signed some impressive players for a newly promoted club: Brazilian midfielder Fernando Canesin was one of them.



Anderlecht had previously signed the playmaker in 2009 where he made a good impression in the Anderlecht youth team and also had a promising debut season under Ariël Jacobs. He didn’t play much under Dutch coach John van den Brom and a loan period was the best option for both Anderlecht and Canesin at the beginning of this season. But nobody expected the talented youngster to join KV Oostende.

Canesin was that type of player who needed a club who dominated and like most Brazilian players he also needs a lot of confidence from his coach to perform at his best, his feeling of self worth is directly linked to his standard of performances. The first thing was not going to happen with KV Oostende, they just did not have the financial clout or reputation to attract the best players to dominate in the Pro League, in fact they would go into nearly every match as the underdogs. Yet the second part turned out, surprisingly, very well. Fred Vanderbiest had clearly made Canesin one of his key players in the squad and the Brazilian thanked him on the pitch with his performances.

Canesin had a big impact on KV Oostende’s good season. The club ended ninth (of sixteen) in the regular competition, a massive achievement for a club with such a small budget. The “Coastboys” Brazilian star was, together with Franck Berrier, the engine of coach Fred Vanderbiest’s team with Canesin the creative hub of KV Oostende.

Some weeks ago KV Oostende bought Canesin from Anderlecht. Despite the fact that Anderlecht still own 50% of his transfer rights KV Oostende have clearly made a great signing. Fans couldn’t believe the news that Canesin is now officially a KV Oostende player. A great signing for the low budget club and a great opportunity for Canesin to become a better player in a club where gets a lot of responsibilities.

6. Julien De Sart (Standard Liège) – by Bjorn De Cock

Julien De Sart was always a good youth player but nobody thought that he was talented enough to ever make it in Standard Liège’s first team. Thanks to Israeli coach, Guy Luzon, who rotated a lot in the first half of the season De Sart got his first chances this season to show everybody his potential. The son of Jean-François De Sart, sportive director of Standard Liège, impressed everybody and showed that he has the qualities to become an important player for the Belgian club and proved that it isn’t just his family name that has him where he is now.

Johan Walem was also surprised of Julien De Sart’s performances and added him to his Belgium U21 squad. A magical moment for the midfielder. His father had been the Belgium U21 coach for a very long time and by this virtue the younger de Sart had always watched the U21 games from the sideline and it was a dream to wear the Belgium jersey. He had already been capped for younger versions of the Belgium national squad but it is when you make the U21 squad that you become fully aware how limitless your potential might actually be.

De Sart got his first club appearance in Standard Liège’s league match against Mons on 25th of August. De Sart replaced Yoni Buyens in the 40th minute after the latter got injured and the young midfielder probably had other things in his mind to start the season. His debut ended in relative ignominy as he was sent off in the 83rd minute for picking up two yellow cards. It was hardly the dream debut that he probably had in mind, but Standard won the match 2-0.

Julien De Sart / Standard Liège

After his red card Guy Luzon give the youngster some time to think, it took five games before his coach give him some playing time against Sporting Charleroi. Since that match De Sart has played most of Standard Liège’s matches showing that Luzon did not rule him out of his future plans based on a less than stellar first impression. Yoni Buyens and William Vainqueur also had some injury problems but even when both players were fit he didn’t had to move to the bench again. For Guy Luzon his two hard working men in his 4-2-4 formation were William Vainqueur and Julien De Sart, the experienced Yoni Buyens had to take a step aside for the 19-year old defensive midfielder which should be praise enough for De Sart’s abilities .

De Sart scored his first goal this season against Mons, the same opponent where he received his red card on his debut. This time young midfielder had a match to remember, scoring an amazing goal from outside the box and ultimately De Sart was voted as man of the match. Since then the youngster became one of the fans favourite players and Standard Liège were proud to have another talented youngster out of their own academy and impressing in the first team.

I expected more playing time for Ibrahima Cissé in that position this season but Julien De Sart made a huge step forward this season and got usurped the very talented Cissé in the hierarchy. De Sart works very hard to reach his goals and shows everyone that you need more than only talent to succeed in this game. He will probably never have the same career like Junior Malanda or Michy Batshuayi who are of a similar age and have been courted by some of the continents biggest teams. Yet after what I’ve seen this season he could maybe surprise us all in a few years, and regardless, not every player can be a superstar. Teams need those dependable players who will bring them stability when it’s called for, and Julien De Sart could very well be one of those players for Standard.

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