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VVV-Venlo

In


Elia Soriano (att)(Korona Kielce); Haji Wright (att)(Schalke 04); Jerome Sinclair (att)(Watford, on loan); Richard Neudecker (mid)(FC St Pauli); Samuel Scheimann (def)(Beitar Jerusalem); Steffen Schäfer (def)(FC Magdeburg); Thorsten Kirschbaum (gk)(Bayer Leverkusen); Tobias Pachonik (def)(FC Carpi)

Out


Jay-Roy Jornell Grot (r)(att)(Vitesse); Jerold Promes (r)(def)(released); Lars Unnerstall (r)(gk)(PSV, end of loan); Moreno Rutten (r)(def)(FC Crotone); Patrick Joosten (r)(att)(FC Utrecht, end of loan); Peniel Mlapa (k)(att)(Al-Ittihad Kalba); Sem Steijn (mid)(Al Wahda); Evren Korkmaz (def)(Adanaspor)

After reaching survival in the top flight of the Dutch football for the second year straight, VVV Venlo had to part ways with coach Maurice Steijn as the latter preferred to end a 5-year relationship for a sumptuous offer from the Emirates. In order to replace him, the management hired the controversial Robert Maaskant, who had previously announced his retirement from coaching. After some successful years at RBC Roosendaal, he has rarely managed to repeat himself, going from firing to firing over the last decade. Living on a tight budget, VVV had to see several players quitting over the summer due to the end of their loans from bigger clubs. First of all, Unnerstall returned to PSV after contributing to their safety with his saves. Then, their attack was literally decimated as the likes of Grot, Mlapa and Joosten all left too. Last, but not least, they also lost two protagonists of the defence as right-back Rutten signed for Crotone and the aging centre-back Promes, who ended his past season too soon due to injury, was released. The seasoned Kirschbaum, who had little chances to play last year at Bayer Leverkusen, will thus be acting in goal while the other new-comers Pachonik, Schafer and Scheimann should also find themselves relevant playing time at the back. The reins of the attack should be given to a bunch of promising youngsters who displayed some skills in the past campaign but might not be fully ready for the Eredivisie: Wright, from Schalke 04, Soriano, from Polish Korona Kielce, and Sinclair, from Watford.

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A tough season might be looming over VVV Venlo due to the coach change and the loss of several players, especially in the attack, who might not have been properly replaced.

Season Review
2018/2019

№12: VVV-Venlo

Since the arrival of coach Maurice Steijn at the helm of the team, life for VVV Venlo has been a continuous improvement. In fact, in their second Eredivisie season since being promoted from the second flight of the Dutch football, they obtained another safety. This time around they finished on the 12th spot while they had closed the previous campaign on the 15th. The first part of the season actually looked particularly promising for them as, until week 23, they still seemed to be capable of fighting for a place in the Europa League playoffs zone. With the passing of time results got scarcer and they eventually had to content themselves with a quiet salvation. VVV Venlo were not particularly bright offensively, as they only managed to score 47 goals overall, but they held a solid defence during the first part of the campaign, conceding 24 goals. Things got worse in the second part, possibly due to Jerold Promes's longlasting injury, and they went on being pierced 39 times more. Next season, coach Steijn will be in charge for the 6th time in a row and he will be asked to make another miracle. It will not be easy, though, especially considering that the whole attack will have to be renewed with Jay-Roy Grot, Peniel Mlapa and Patrick Joosten, responsible for 27 goals and 12 assists overall, all set to quit.


Player of the Season: Peniel Mlapa

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