IMO there are 3 problems that led to this monstrosity:
1.We lack a striker that actually scores goals, let's see whta the possibilities are:
-Dembele: I have trees in my garden that score more than him, he could be useful as a second striker a la niall quinn if he could actually head the ball which he will learn under Van Gaal.
-Pieroni: Can't get a shot in from outside the box and needs a whole team playing for him. Add to that the fact he has never ever performed in our NT, he's a second choice at best.
-Mbo Mpenza: doesnt score, can't head and is on the bad side of his career.
-Emile Mpenza: Lacks fundamentals, bad first touch, can have his day but is far too inconsistant. If he could prove himself in Europe again he is a serious possibility.
-Kevein VDB: Lazy, can't head, slow but natural scorer. Might be used in certain matches where we rely on the counter, but must improve his tools.
-Wesley Sonck: Only two negatives about him, he's been unfit for the past year(s) and he's on the small side. If he were 5 cm taller he'd be one of Europe's best 25 strikers for sure. IMO if he's fit he's our only surefire striker.
Perhaps someone from the U21's could be tried until Sonck returns.
2.We lack midfield pressure: nobody (except Kompany) has the ability to shoot from outside the box our to provide a pinpoint deep ball. Shooting from distance is obviously a great way to create pressure as was displayed at the last World Cup. In the best case it's a goal, in the worst the other team gets the ball, something that happened now anyhow. If you get the ball in the box you create pressure thus you disorganize the opposition. Like Belgium played last wednesday, Kazakstan each time could built a wall around the box and could counter in a very organised way. Against a stronger country you get punished playing this way. Many goals today are scored after a rebounding ball. Kompany should IMO be our midfield playmaker much like Essien/Appiah. Also, Vandenborre is still the best alternative at right, NOT Hoefkens.
3. A more longterm problem is the astonishing lack of technical skills, perhaps since this cannot be solved quickly VDE should take it into account