OH Leuven

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Season Guide
2021/2022

OH Leuven

In


Cenk Özkacar (def) Lyon – on loan; Scotty Sadzoute (def) Lille

Out


David Hubert (r) (mid) Zulte Waregem; Kenneth Schuermans (sp) (def) Lierse; Andy King (sp) (mid) Bristol City; Aboubakar Keita (sp) (mid) Charleroi – on loan; Sascha Kotysch (r) (def) retired; Frédéric Duplus (sp) (def) released; Derrick Tshimanga (r) (def) released; Samy Kehli (sp) (mid) released; Olivier Myny (sp) (mid) released; Thibault Vlietinck (r) (mid) Club Brugge - end of loan; Kamal Sowah (r) (mid) Leicester - end of loan; Jonah Osabutey (sp) (att) Werder Bremen - end of loan; Josh Eppiah (sp) (mid) Leicester - end of loan; Vaclav Jemelka (r) (def) Sigma - end of loan; Filip Benkovic (sp) (def) Leicester - end of loan; Casper De Norre (r) (def) Genk - end of loan; Jordy Gillekens (def) Lierse

OH Leuven impressed last season in their first campaign back in the top flight. They climbed into the top three in January before injuries to key players led to a dramatic loss of form and they ended the season in mid-table. Leuven had an inflated squad of players last season and 17 players have left the club during the close season. There have been a number of key departures with influential midfielder Hubert, experienced centre-back Kotysch and exciting winger Sowah no longer at the club. So far only two players have arrived and the current squad lacks depth. New signings are expected especially with the club’s links to Leicester City. There is a core of quality players at the club such as goalkeeper Rafael Romo, defender Pierre-Yves Ngawa and attacking midfielder Xavier Mercier. These are backed up by a promising crop of young talent. Key striker Thomas Henry is also still currently at the club. The Frenchman scored 21 league goals last season and has been linked with a move away. Currently the forward line looks strong with Arthur Allemeersch and Siebe Shrijvers providing good back up for Henry, and Mercier providing the assists. However, Henry’s departure would leave them short in this area. Also, several experienced pros have left the club and currently the team lacks leaders.

Target


Face a tricky second season back in the top flight after exceeding expectations last year. With some expected additions they should have enough to finish in mid-table.

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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