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2020/2021

RKC Waalwijk

In


Konstantinos Lamprou (gk) Vitesse; Nicolas Olsak (mid) Maccabi Netanya; James Efmorfidis (att) Almere City; Thierry Lutonda (def) RSC Anderlecht - on loan; Ahmed Touba (def) Club Brugge; Ayman Azhil (mid) Bayer Leverkusen U19 - on loan; Cyril Ngonge (att) Club Brugge;

Out


Daan Rienstra (r)(mid) Volos NPS; Henrico Drost (def) ASWH; Ingo van Weert (sp)(def) Stomil Olsztyn; Kees Heemskerk (gk) released; Fabian Sporkslede (def) released; Hannes Delcroix (sp)(def) RSC Anderlecht; Clint Leemans (r)(mid) PEC Zwolle - end of loan; Emil Hansson (r)(att) Hannover 96 - end of loan; Stanley Elbers (sp)(att) PEC Zwolle - end of loan; Stefan Velkov (def) FC Den Bosch - end of loan; Dylan Vente (att) Feyenoord - end of loan; Tijjani Reijnders (mid) AZ Alkmaar - end of loan;

No doubt their return to Eredivisie was a failure. Only saved by the league 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. The numbers of the first 26 rounds were merciless, with only 15 points earned, 19 defeats and 60 goals conceded. Everyone knew it would be difficult considering the quality gap, but something more was expected. They paid for the inexperience of coach Fred Grim at this level, but especially for a roster not suitable for the top flight. The club had adopted the policy of keeping the team almost unchanged, focusing on the alchemy that had been created between the coach and the players, but most of these proved not to be up to the Eredivisie standard. During the summer a transfer campaign able to create a team more suited to this league was expected, but it wasn't the case, on the contrary, the few players who were up to it left. A clear demonstration of the fact that due to the lack of economic resources, they do not believe much in their permanence in the top-flight and are already laying the foundations for next season in Eerste Divisie. First string players such as Emil Hansson, Hannes Delcroix, Clint Leemans and Dylan Vente, all on loan, went back to their owners, while a team mainstay Daan Rienstra was sold. As for the arrivals, coach Grim will be able to count on a reliable goalkeeper in Konstantinos Lamprou, a midfielder from Eerste Divisie James Efmorfidis, one from the Israeli league, Nicolas Olsak and on young Thierry Lutonda and Cyril Ngonge, both coming from the Belgian league.

Target


Their goal, however difficult, will be to be relegated honourably, hopefully fighting to the end. It would take a real miracle to remain in Eredivisie.

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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