OH Leuven

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2020/2021

OH Leuven

In


Sam Hendriks (att) Cambuur – end of loan;

Out


Laurent Henkinet (sp) (gk) Standard Liege; Jan van den Berg (sp) (def) KAA Gent – end of loan; Kamal Sowah (sp) (mid) Leicester U23 – end of loan; Jeremy Perbet (sp) (att) Charleroi – end of loan;

OH Leuven found out only on 31st July that they will be playing top-flight football. Finishing second in the Second Tier last term meant that promotion was not on the cards, but in order to have 18 and not 17 sides in the top flight Leuven were given major boost. Secretly hoping for such outcome, Leuven appointed experienced manager Marc Brys in charge just in July, with his most recent job as head coach of Sint-Truiden in 2018/19. His knowledge of the league will be relied heavily upon. The situation with the squad is very complicated right now – none of the only 23 players currently in the squad was resigned with no certainty in which division the team would play. This means that in theory 18 of those 23 players become free agents come Monday, but now with top flight football on offer the majority of them are expected to quickly extend their stays at the club. Have some vastly experienced players in the squad that should be helping a lot in the top flight. Amongst those with rich top-flight experience goalkeeper Keet, defenders Kotysch and Tshimanga + vastly experienced midfielders Hubert, Criozet and Mercier. Up front the main hope for goals is French striker Thomas Henry, who scored 15 goals in 25 matches in the Second Tier last term. Undoubtedly OH Leuven will be very busy on the transfer market in the coming weeks and if they can add at least 2-3 more quality players to their ranks, while able to renegotiate extensions with most of their current squad they should be in for a strong season. Having experienced coach like Brys at the helm also major bonus. Defensively had problems last term and also coach Brys lost his last job at Sint-Truiden exactly due to his inability to create stable back line. This suggests that Leuven’s main weakness in 2020/21 will be their ability to keep out opponents.

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Survival is the only goal.

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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