Football Season Guide

RKC Waalwijk


Patrick Vroegh (mid) Vitesse, Mika Biereth (att) Arsenal U21, Joey Kesting (gk) PEC Zwolle U21, Julian Lelieveld (def) De Graafschap, Kevin Felida (mid) Den Bosch, Julen Lobete (att) Celta Vigo


Issam El Maach (gk) released, Melle Meulensteen (r)(def) Vitesse, Ahmed Touba (r)(def) Basaksehir, Jens Odgaard (k)(att) Sassuolo end of loan, Richard van der Venne (r)(mid) Melbourne City, Finn Stokkers (sp)(att) Go Ahead Eagles, Jens Teunckens (gk) KSK Lierse, Alexander B├╝ttner (r)(def) De Graafschap

Last season RKC Waalwijk achieved a relatively quiet survival, mainly thanks to an excellent last part which allowed them to reach an unexpected 10th place. Coach Joseph Oosting, confirmed on the bench also this season, made an excellent job with the players at his disposal. He will probably field the squad with the 4-3-1-2 system of play. In the summer transfer market a good number of regular players left, above all key striker Jens Odgaard, who last season gave an excellent contribution to reach survival. Worrying also the departure of the two best centre-backs of the team Melle Meulensteen and Ahmed Touba, as well as that of striker Richard van der Venne. At least at the moment the club has not replaced most of the players that left, so far, the only good sign seems to be that of Vitesse's midfielder Patrick Vroegh. There remain many holes in the roster in all sectors, but mainly in attack, where the only reliable player seems to be experienced Michiel Kramer. To confirm the weakening of the team came the pre-season in which they have never won a match, two heavy defeats with PEC Zwolle and NEC and an encouraging goalless draw against Borussia M├Ânchengladbach.


The season of RKC will depend a lot on the last days of the transfer market, if they don't replace adequately most of the players that left, they seem doomed to relegation.