RSC Anderlecht played a practice game against RWDM this morning. At Neerpede it was 2-1 for the Belgian record champion. Who were the setbacks and windfalls at Anderlecht?
About the match the following: Anderlecht got a lot of chances, but RWDM got three big ones. The Brussels derby did not score any goals in the first half, in the second half Anderlecht also had plenty of opportunities. RSCA did not seem to be able to succeed, but on the hour Adrien Trebel beautifully scored the 1-0. Five minutes later, Clement Fabre scored the 1-1 on the free kick, but two minutes later it was Pieter Gerkens who gave RSCA the lead again. Anderlecht eventually won 2-1 and could have scored even more.
It was looking forward to the performance of Anthony Vanden Borre, who played one half. His first fifteen minutes were quite dramatic. VDB was often over there (his explosiveness is a problem anyway), he lost the ball too easily, he was shy when attacking … His last thirty minutes of that first half were a lot better, with some pressure forward. Technically it is still excellent with the ex-Red Devil, but for the time being players like Michael Murillo and Killian Sardella should not yet fear Vanden Borre. He still needs a lot more racing rhythm.
Adrien Trebel got a chance to show that he could take a ‘lesser’ team by the hand, but that didn’t work out completely. The expensive Frenchman played a sober game, but certainly could not excel. Although he did score a very nice goal. Yari Verschaeren was very busy in the first half. He clearly reached a better level than against Saint-Etienne and that as a central attacking midfielder. The Red Devil brought speed into play and was also threatening a number of times. His second half was less good.
Edo Kayembe was one of the players who also showed up. As a central midfielder, he is somewhat too limited technically, but as a left back he has enough functional technology. Speed, strength and defensively strong. He certainly played his game and that was the case before Hannes Delcroix. The central defender was noticed. He played very well in football, unlike Ognjen Vranjes, he also puts risk in his game and that pays off. Defensively – Delcroix must be even stronger in the game – he did his job and attacking was threatening corner kicks. He can convince.
Acquisition Timon Wellenreuther proved that he is a good transfer from Peter Verbeke. Good feet and strong in his core business for now: stopping balls. For some players it might be one last chance to convince Vincent Kompany and Frank Vercauteren to get more chances with the ‘A-team’. Luka Adzic (better second half) and Anouar El Hadj did not really succeed in that. Pieter Gerkens played as a deep striker. Not his best position, although he was threatening at times and once again proved that he has a nose for goals. He scored once. Ilias Takidine did it not bad, with one handsome assist. Ognjen Vranjes played his game, but nothing more. Substitute Antonio Milic and Theo Leoni played unobtrusively. At 3 pm the ‘type team’ will compete against Lille OSC.
POLL: Will Vanden Borre make his comeback in the Jupiler Pro League this season?