RSC Anderlecht, have they gone completely insane
________________ Proto ________________
_____Juhasz ___ Kompany __ Tihinen_____
Wilhelmsson ___ VDB ____ Tioté ____ Ehret
__________________ Gerk ______________
_______ Frutos_______ Serhat ________
Line up this team in the 2e round and we will be champions with at least 9 points before nr 2. I think most people agree to that.
Instead in midfield there is Pär Zetterberg, Yves Vanderhaeghe (and to a lesser extend Bart Goor). The reason Anderlecht hasn't played a decent game in almost 2 years. Everybody who saw a match in that period immediately saw that the squad has no midfield whatsoever and that the immediate result is that 4 players are alone to defend and 2 (or with Wilhelmsson included 3) players are alone to attack.
Defending and attacking happens in a way that is based on personal abilities. Hence, the creative dependency on Aruna last year and on Wlhelmson this season. Defensively it is the exact same story. One-on-one it's ok. You've got to be good (better that most attackers in Belgium) to beat Kompany and Tihinen, but as soon as their are infiltrations from midfield, we are lost. The goals we conceded because all of a sudden the opponents are in a numerical superiority are countless.
So isn't there anything that can be done? Sure there is: replace the old has beens (not Yves, he was always crap) by young talents. They are in the squad already. Cheik Tioté in his very first game in the fanion squad was man of the match (ok behind Vince, but he's out of this world)... in a CL match. As offensive midfielder there is Anatoli Gerk. Scoring one goal after the other with the reserve squad (the first more beautiful than the last) who in the only real chance he got, singlehandedly turned last year's home match against Genk around in our advantage (from 1-2 to 4-2 in less than 15 minutes, lifting the entire team to another level). No wonder Chelsea scout Piet De Visser - and he knows a thiong or 2 about young talents, doesn't he? - recently claimed that (3 years ago) Gerk was one of the best strikers he had ever seen.
So what do we do? Since Tioté's match at Betis he hasn't gotten a single second of playing time. Everybody has played defensive midfielder since than (including Vanderhaeghe of course) and guess what? They all sucked ass. The team sucked ass.
I can't remember one match that a playmaker brought a striker alone in front of the opponent's keeper with a nice through ball this season. Not one match (and I'm not talking about a counterattack where the opponent has hardly 2 defendrs on their own half anymore)! Nor can I remember much shots from outside the box (Walt's goal against Roeselare being the exception). Zetterberg has become soo slow and useless. It is incomprehensable that someone who claims to be 'a Sportingboy' hasn't put an end to it himself. If he indeed was the class act everybody says he is, he would retire this winter. However why would he? Vercauteren lines him up even if he has two broken legs. And if he isn't played, there always is our version of Fataldo... Walter Baseggio. Because just like every amateur team, the influence of managers on the starting 11 is gigantic at Anderlecht. In 18 Jupiler League matches Vercauteren has used 18 (these are the facts) different line ups. None of them included Gerk for one minute. The garbage that got a chances is unnameble. So in a way it's not even a surprise they are shipping him off to Twente.
Next year Zetterberg and Vanderhaeghe will be gone (for Yves I only believe it when I see it though). So we will be left with no central midfielders. Sure Tioté can and will rule midfield, but what a risk is it to count on a 17-year-old (although he has his talent) from the season's start if you haven't given him any chances beforehand. A playmaker will have to be bought. I think we all know how difficult it is for a new player, an outsider to demand that the entire team works for him, because that is how that position works. Certainly at Anderlecht, you have to be extremely good to force that and let's face it we are not willing to pay 'extremely good'.
With other words, what the f*ck are they doing? Add to it that Kompany and Wilhelmsson, our two most important players this season, will be off and you get a dramatic season. The fact that this can be predicted already in december of the season before, is more than an indication that the club is run by morrons.
We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace!