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The OH Leuven Thread 2020/21

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2 minutes ago, KlaaZ said:

Two shots from distance (one from open play, the other a direct free kick) and a one on one. Only the latter was of the same quality as the three chances we scored, in my opinion. 

....they should have scored at the back post, only needed a decent contact and Romo would have had no chance, they opened us up on the left hand side but the forward shot across the goal from 8 yards out when he should have at least hit the target.

  Not going to get into a debate regarding this, it is three points and we move on.

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1 minute ago, Bonanza said:

Our pitch was nearly perfect before the winter break, but due to the rain and the many games in a short period it's completely trashed.

 

The pitch is 4-years old now and will be replaced after this season. Underfloor heating will be installed as will a drainage system (which we don't have at the moment).

 

2 weeks ago the club made this video about our groundsmen:

 

 

That's fantastic for you guys. I really thought when you broke as a team with 10 men that the players showed a good calmness on the ball with good technical passing.

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13 hours ago, sacreblueits442 said:

....they should have scored at the back post, only needed a decent contact and Romo would have had no chance, they opened us up on the left hand side but the forward shot across the goal from 8 yards out when he should have at least hit the target.

  Not going to get into a debate regarding this, it is three points and we move on.

That was in the second half though, when we were a man down.. :)

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Only watched the 1st half and Leuven looked well in control and were playing some really good football, some came off some didn't.

 

I thought the 1st yellow was harsh but then I believe that a foul committed via things like a slightly mistimed tackle shouldn't be punished as much as a deliberate foul like pulling someone back or obstructing them.

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3 hours ago, Chocolate Teapot said:

What's happened to Benkovic? He hasn't played at all has he?

Let's just ask that question after EVERY OHL game lol 

 

That said, it is a little odd that neither he nor King are featuring on the bench. They really should have the quality to be subs. Especially King's experience from three different leagues, international football, relegation & championship winning teams would be useful in a team that's experiencing a league for the first time in a long time.

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1 hour ago, shen said:

Let's just ask that question after EVERY OHL game lol 

 

That said, it is a little odd that neither he nor King are featuring on the bench. They really should have the quality to be subs. Especially King's experience from three different leagues, international football, relegation & championship winning teams would be useful in a team that's experiencing a league for the first time in a long time.

At the risk of sounding like one of the Turkish posters moaning about Under.

 

not having them on the bench is pure arrogance on behalf of the OHL coach surely they are better than squad players who were playing in the Belgium 2nd teir last season? 

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16 minutes ago, The whole world smiles said:

At the risk of sounding like one of the Turkish posters moaning about Under.

 

not having them on the bench is pure arrogance on behalf of the OHL coach surely they are better than squad players who were playing in the Belgium 2nd teir last season? 

obviously not

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36 minutes ago, The whole world smiles said:

At the risk of sounding like one of the Turkish posters moaning about Under.

 

not having them on the bench is pure arrogance on behalf of the OHL coach surely they are better than squad players who were playing in the Belgium 2nd teir last season? 

Well we don't know the reasons of the coaching staff. King was on the serious decline before he left us and truth be told, he was no more than a squad player in the PL at best. He failed to become a regular in any of his loan spells, so maybe his level just isn't high enough any more. He was never a player that relied much on his physicality or pace, so one would imagine his game wouldn't decline as much relative to others.

 

With Benkovic, injuries and other things has completely derailed his career. With such a long period out, I can understand that OHL are taking the time to bed him in. It's another new country, another set of teammates and maybe another blow to his self-esteem with what can be perceived as another step down the ladder.

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2 hours ago, OadbyBlue said:

If manager after manager and club after club aren’t keen on Benkovic, it’s quite telling. Must’ve regressed from his Celtic season maybe due to his injuries 

Problem is he needs a run of games to get match and physically fit but the teams he’s been on loan with and it would apply to any team can’t afford the risk or the luxury of giving him that time.

 

We’re back to needing a reserve team / league again where he get what he needs without serious risk.

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Just now, davieG said:

Problem is he needs a run of games to get match and physically fit but the teams he’s been on loan with and it would apply to any team can’t afford the risk or the luxury of giving him that time.

 

We’re back to needing a reserve team / league again where he get what he needs without serious risk.

Benkovic has played for the U23s before and Simpson played tonight. No reason why he can't play a few times to build up his fitness.

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5 minutes ago, Webbo said:

Benkovic has played for the U23s before and Simpson played tonight. No reason why he can't play a few times to build up his fitness.

Sure but it’s becoming quite rare now because we have so many u23 players to pick from that need the experience. I’d suggest Simpson is only there because we’ve put a few in the 1st team due to injuries.

 

You could argue that a fair proportion of the 1st team squad would benefit from a few games maybe we’d have less injuries from playing unfit (match) players.

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1 hour ago, davieG said:

Problem is he needs a run of games to get match and physically fit but the teams he’s been on loan with and it would apply to any team can’t afford the risk or the luxury of giving him that time.

 

We’re back to needing a reserve team / league again where he get what he needs without serious risk.

I don't think match fitness is the big issue with Benkovic. I suspect it's the mental knocks he has received as a result of all his injuries and inability to get back to his former level. If he was injury-free and motivated, he would walk into that OHL defence - but only if he showed similar quality as before.

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8 hours ago, The whole world smiles said:

At the risk of sounding like one of the Turkish posters moaning about Under.

 

not having them on the bench is pure arrogance on behalf of the OHL coach surely they are better than squad players who were playing in the Belgium 2nd teir last season? 

Look, I love Kingy as much as any player in our history and want him to get his career back on track for his last few years as a pro, but he's barely kicked a ball for two years. He doesn't get to walk into any squad without earning it in training.

I see this move as more of one to get him match fit and able to attract the attention of a club back on this side of the channel. Very tricky to acheive in the Covid times, and so undoubtedly there's been a bit of an olive branch from our ownership to give a leg-up to one of our greatest servants. Had he not taken this chance I'd have no doubt we would have seen him playing with the U23s at Seagrave by now, as Danny Simpson has done on one or two occasions.

I do believe when (or if) he gets game time, he will flourish, but the OHL midfield has played some good stuff this season, especially on the front foot and wing play - the service to Henry has been excellent which is why he's currently second in the goalscoring chart. Generally speaking Maertens and Hubert have earned the spot King would have on merit, and are interchanged, which means he's third choice.

Benkovic is a stranger one. Something doesn't add up given he repeatedly seems to be frozen out on loan moves. This OHL stint seems to mirror the Bristol City one.

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3 hours ago, davieG said:

Problem is he needs a run of games to get match and physically fit but the teams he’s been on loan with and it would apply to any team can’t afford the risk or the luxury of giving him that time.

 

We’re back to needing a reserve team / league again where he get what he needs without serious risk.

...if it was just a run of games then a run in the U23s would suffice surely!!!

 The last time I saw him in the U23s he looked like he was happier if he was playing on his own. 

  There is something going on in his head making him risk averse and he is the only one that can sort it out. The first thing he has to admit he has a problem,  the longer that takes the further down the league he will travel.

 At his best he is Premiership quality.

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I absolutely hate that I’m suggesting this but Henry genuinely looks like he would be a solid addition for us. If he carries on this form I could see us making an offer at some point.  ( I have no doubt our owners would be fair) If we don’t go for him I’m sure another prem side might.

 

Hard to ignore someone with 23 goal contributions in 24 games 

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11 hours ago, The whole world smiles said:

At the risk of sounding like one of the Turkish posters moaning about Under.

 

not having them on the bench is pure arrogance on behalf of the OHL coach surely they are better than squad players who were playing in the Belgium 2nd teir last season? 


 

Pure speculation of course but it’s beginning to look to me like these deals were thrust upon their manager ‘ from above’ and he might be trying to make a point as to who is picking the team.

 

that being said, he’s every right to make a point as he’s doing a very good job of picking the team!

 

In  Their first game, a friendly, being 5-0 down at half time won’t help them but it WAS anderlecht.. bit harsh throwing them at the deep end so hope they are not judged by it but They need games. It’s the only way to get your sharpness back... however unless they have the league title wrapped up  with 10 games to spare the manager has every right to keep faith with those that have got them where they are.

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44 minutes ago, Lambert09 said:

I absolutely hate that I’m suggesting this but Henry genuinely looks like he would be a solid addition for us. If he carries on this form I could see us making an offer at some point.  ( I have no doubt our owners would be fair) If we don’t go for him I’m sure another prem side might.

 

Hard to ignore someone with 23 goal contributions in 24 games 


 The only way I’d feel comfortable signing him is if HE came to the conclusion that it was time for him to move on...  I would much prefer him to come to us instead of another European club...don’t know if he could be a nailed on starter straight away especially ahead of Vardy  but I’d much prefer him coming off the bench instead of Perez or Nacho. Decent with his feet yet looks really good with his head too. He’s be a really good addition.

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5 hours ago, MPH said:


 

Pure speculation of course but it’s beginning to look to me like these deals were thrust upon their manager ‘ from above’ and he might be trying to make a point as to who is picking the team.

 

that being said, he’s every right to make a point as he’s doing a very good job of picking the team!

 

In  Their first game, a friendly, being 5-0 down at half time won’t help them but it WAS anderlecht.. bit harsh throwing them at the deep end so hope they are not judged by it but They need games. It’s the only way to get your sharpness back... however unless they have the league title wrapped up  with 10 games to spare the manager has every right to keep faith with those that have got them where they are.

For the record, it was B-teams on both sides with first team players that needed match fitness + youngsters. I realise that people may still be wowed by the name Anderlecht but in reality they are only two points ahead of us in the league and we got 4/6 against them there. :)

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Benkovic at least partly at fault for first two goals, King losing possession up to the third goal. But Benkovic literally putting his body on the line preventing two further goals. Eppiah looks lively in those clips, while Vekemans and Allermeersch probably need some shooting lessons >_<

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7 minutes ago, shen said:


Benkovic at least partly at fault for first two goals, King losing possession up to the third goal. But Benkovic literally putting his body on the line preventing two further goals. Eppiah looks lively in those clips, while Vekemans and Allermeersch probably need some shooting lessons >_<

What's this? Reserve game or something?

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