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2021/2022

Willem II

In


Nikolaos Michelis (def) Milan U19 on loan, Max Svensson (mid) Helsingborg, Ulrik Jenssen (def) Nordsjaelland, Emil Bergström (def) Utrecht on loan, Dylan Ryan (def) Melbourne Victory back from loan, John Yeboah (att) Almere City back from loan

Out


Vangelis Pavlidis (k)(att) AZ Alkmaar, Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye (r)(mid) KRC Genk, Sven van Beek (def) Feyenoord end of loan, Sebastian Homen (r)(def) Rizespor, Jan-Arie van der Heijden (sp)(def) released, Jordens Peters (r)(def) retired

Willem II were by far the biggest disappointment of past season, as the one before they qualified directly for the Europa League's preliminary rounds, having reached the 5th position at the moment of suspension for the pandemic. Tricolores had to fight until the very last round to avoid relegation to Eerste Divisie and finished in 14th position thanks to a last-gasp effort. Things didn't go well from the start and they didn't improve even when coach Adrie Koster was replaced by Željko Petrović. As the Montenegrin coach also did not do well, this year he was replaced by Fred Grim from RKC Waalwijk. It was not the only change that took place during the summer that saw many influential players leave Tilburg. Talented attacking midfielder Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye moved to Genk and Willem II top scorer Vangelis Pavlidis left to AZ Alkmaar. Moreover, three pillars of the defense left, Sebastian Holmen went to Turkey, Sven van Beek back to Feyenoord and captain Jordens Peters retired. If an attempt was made to remedy the farewell of the three central defenders with the arrival of Emil Bergström on loan from Utrecht and the Norwegian Ulrik Jenssen, at the moment the gaps in midfield and in attack have not been filled. Coach Grim should line-up the squad with the 4-3-3 system of play with Bergstrom and Jenssen in the middle, Owusu on the right and Kohn (or Nelom) on the left. In midfield he can only field Llonch, Saddiki and Saglam and in attack Kohlert and Nunnely to support Wriedt.

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Willem II's season will likely come closer to last season, therefore involved in the relegation struggle, than the previous triumphant one, too many key players left and their substitutes don't seem at the same level.

Season Review
2020/2021

№14: Willem II

Willem II were by far the biggest disappointment of the season. They were coming from an extraordinary season suspended due to the Covid pandemic when they were in 5th position, therefore they qualified directly for the Europa League's preliminary rounds. Here things did not go well, after an easy first round against Luxembourg's Progres Niederkorn, they were swept away by Rangers Glasgow with a peremptory 0-4. Of a completely different level this season, in which they fought until the last round to avoid relegation to Eerste Divisie, and finished in 14th position thanks to a last-gasp effort. That it wasn't going to be an easy season had already been seen in the first months, but the situation worsened in December when they crashed into the relegation zone where they remained for 14 rounds. They managed to avoid playing the playouts by just one point. At the end of January experienced coach Adrie Koster decided to leave and the bench was entrusted to Željko Petrović. The new coach changed the system of play, switching from the 4-3-3 to a more cautious 4-2-2. Their participation in the KNVB Cup also failed, eliminated already in the second round by Vitesse. In partial justification of this disastrous season, it must be said that the Tricolores have had a very high number of injuries that have never allowed the coaches to field the ideal eleven. The long absences of goalkeeper Ruiter, midfielders Llonch and Saddiki and defenders Heerkens and Peters particularly weighed. Forwards Pavlidis and Wriedt did their duty by scoring 20 goals together, while the attacking contribution of the midfielders was almost nil. The defensive phase was in particular the Achilles heel of Willem II, 68 goals conceded in 34 games, exactly two per game, are really too many. More was expected from the talented Ndayishimiye who, however, only managed to show his value with the switch to the 4-4-2.


Player of the Season: Vangelis Pavlidis

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