OH Leuven

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2022/2023

OH Leuven

In


Nordin Jackers (gk) Waasland-Beveren; Joren Dom (mid) Beerschot; Raphael Holzhauser (mid) Beerschot; Ewoud Pletinckx (def) Zulte Waregem; Valentin Cojocaru (gk) Dnipro; Jon Dager Thorsteinson (att) Aarhus; Hamza Mendyl (def) Schalke; Joao Gamboa (mid) Estoril

Out


Xavier Mercier (k) (mid) Ferencvaros; Rafael Romo (sp) (gk) DC United; Sory Kaba (k) (att) Midtjylland – end of loan; Sebastien Dewaest (k) (def) Genk – end of loan; Mykola Kuharevych (sp) (att) Troyes – end of loan; Cenk Ozkacar (r) (def) Lyon – end of loan; Alexis De Sart (sp) (mid) Antwerp; Thibault Vlietinck (sp) (mid) Club Brugge – end of loan; Alex Runarsson (r) (gk) Arsenal – end of loan; Cedric Gbo (mid) Eperance – end of loan; Kaveh Rezaei (sp) (att) released; Yannick Aguemon (mid) released; Isaac Asante (mid) released; Arthur Allemeersch (sp) (att) released; Toon Raemaekers (def) Mechelen; Daan Vekemans (att) Lierse

Leuven again impressed last season in their second campaign back in the top flight. They were contending for a top eight finish until February before a poor end to the season saw them end in 11th spot. The summer has seen a significant overhaul of the playing squad including some key departures. Main striker Kaba, key central defender Dewaest and first-choice goalkeeper Runarsson have departed after their loan spells came to an end. The most notable outgoing however, is that of captain and assist machine Mercier. The experienced playmaker has gone to Ferencvaros and leaves a big hole to fill. To counteract the outgoings there has so far been eight additions. Holzhauser looks to be the one to fill Mercier’s role. The Austrian attacking midfielder didn’t have a great season last campaign at relegated Beerschot, however, the season before he contributed 16 goals and 16 assists as Beerschot finished 9th in the Belgian top flight. Other acquisitions include Belgian U21 international centre-back Pletinckx and Icelandic international winger Thorsteinson. Jackers and Cojocaru will compete for the Number One jersey. Plenty of incomings and outgoings so team could take time to gel but Marc Brys is an experienced Head Coach. Scoring goals was the factor that let them down last season and, with Kaba gone and no replacement brought in yet, this remains a possible issue heading into the new campaign.

Target


Despite the significant departures, Leuven have made some astute additions and should be aiming for a top eight place.

Season Review
2020/2021

№11: OH Leuven

With the previous season suspended due to COVID it was chaotic summer in Belgium and OH Leuven found out literally 11 days before the 2020/21 campaign begins in which division they will play. Being added to the top flight so late in the transfer window saw Leuven still able to strengthen the squad with 6-7 quality new signings, but they failed to offload any of the players not wanted and this saw unmanageable group of 40+ players making it difficult for the gaffer all campaign. Coach Brys has rich experience at this level and very quickly Leuven showed that they are in the division to play after opening the campaign with 4 wins and just 2 defeats in first 8 rounds. All season Henry, Mercier and Sowah shone in attack for Leuven with the trio directly involved in over 71% of the goals scored. Henry was particularly impressive with the way he stayed effective from start to finish as lone leader of the attack. After 5 wins in December and January Leuven even climbed in the top 3 and they looked well on course to a play-off participation. However, from February onwards the form dropped dramatically and with just 2 more wins achieved in the last 12 rounds Leuven missed out on the play-offs. Amongst main reasons for this poor run late on was the fact that the 2 main centre-backs Schuermans and Kotysch were out injured, with captain Duplus and important holding midfielder Maertens also bitterly missed for the same reason. The main goal this summer would be to offload at least 10-12 unwanted players, but also to keep the stars that impressed.


Player of the Season: Thomas Henry

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