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2022/2023

RKC Waalwijk

In


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

Out


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 Büttner (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 Mönchengladbach.

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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.

Season Review
2020/2021

№15: RKC Waalwijk

RKC Waalwijk's season was positive, few would have bet on their permanence in Eredivisie considering that last season was a complete failure. They were only saved by league's suspension due Covid-19 when they were one step away from the immediate return in Eerste Divisie. Always at the bottom of the table, they never gave the feeling of being competitive. This season they alternated positive streaks of results with sequences of defeats. They started badly with 3 consecutive losses, then another 4 in a row came between the 12th and 15th round and between the 28th and 31st round, the latter creating panic in the team that had been sucked into the fight for relegation. Fortunately, four points in the last 3 rounds were enough for survival...they ended in 15th with same points 16th placed Emmen, but with a better goal difference. Their experience in KNVB Beker was as quick as it was disastrous, eliminated in the first round by second tiers Cambuur. Coach Fred Grim has always fielded the team with the 4-3-3 system of play, except in the games with the three top teams, against whom he resorted to the 5-man defense. As for individual players, coach Grim could take advantage of the solid performances of goalkeeper Lampros, as well as the ones of two reliable central defenders such as Touba and Meulensteen. Also in midfield Tahiri, Anita and Van der Venne guaranteed a lot of quantity, even if not much quality. The biggest problems were in attack, so much that, after relegated ADO Den Haag, RKC were the team that scored the fewest goals, just 33, less than one per game. Top scorers were Stokkers and Ngonge, 5 goals each, while newcomers John and Damascan have completely failed to meet expectations.


Player of the Season: Kostas Lamprou

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