Originally Posted by Jinxter
Any info on Brugge would be appriciated
Well, for several reasons, I can not say too much on the line-up so far. Those reasons being:
- a rather large squad change over the last transfer window with 8 players leaving (Gvozdenovic, De Cock, Dufer, Vandelannoitte, Balaban, Ishiaku, Yulu-Matondo and Lutun; 9 if you count Salou who also seemed on his way out) and 7 incoming transfers (Sterchele, Kucera, Simaeys, Djokic, Geraerts, Alcaraz and Sonck)
- several injured players like Van Heerden who are close to rejoining the selection
- a new coach (Jacky Mathijssen) who amongst others preaches flexibility. Usually, Brugge plays a 442 these days, but don't be surprised if Mathijssen cooks up something else for the two matches against Brann.
The past few matches, this has been our line-up:
Goal: Stijn Stijnen: A very good linekeeper who does however regularly have problems with high balls.
RB: Brian Priske: former RC Genk and Portsmouth. Defensively not so bad, but lesser on the offensive side. As his back-ups, Jorn Vermeulen and Gert-Jan De Mets stepped forward from the academy. Both are injured at the time of writing: Vermeulen trains again but is not yet fit enough to charge for duels, De Mets is out until New Year.
CB: the past few matches we've had the duo Clement-Alacaraz there, partly due to the injury problems with Maertens and Kucera. Clement has been under fire with the fans lately because he's getting a bit old (33 years) and slow. Alcaraz looks ok in general, but in nearly each match he had a moment of nonchalance. Both have already scored this season though, especially Clement can be dangerous on offensive set pieces. Birger Maertens, Stepan Kucera and Joos Valgaeren are our back-ups here.
LB: Michael Klukowski is the only geneuine left back in the current Brugge squad, though in theory Kucera and Blondel could be alternatives. Mathijssen even leaves the possibility open of putting a right footed player there. Klukowski (who plays for Canada) is not all that great, but normally better offensively than in defense.
The 4 man has no genuine wingers, since Daerden is injured and Dufer has been sold. Until now the midfield has consisted of Blondel, Geraerts, Englebert and Leko, but now that he's returning from injury, Jeroen Simaeys could be on his way to grab his place there.
Blondel has had a lot of positions over the past few years, now on the right against his foot. A pit bull type of player who's tecnically ok, but who easily collects cards.
Geraerts is what the fashion term calls a box to box player. In reality, he does his share of defensive work and infiltrates well into the opposing 16.
Englebert: A man with three lungs. Often runs a marathon in 90 minutes, but his passing can often be rather sloppy. imo the most likely player to be dropped in favour of Simaeys.
Leko is the playmaker so far. His strongest weapon is his overview and his excellent cooperation with Sterchele. Question is what will happen when Van Heerden gets back.
In offense, we count on the duo Dusan Djokic and Francois Sterchele. Djokic comes from Crvena Zvevda, where he scored around 14 goals last year. A strong, hard worker who weighs on a defense. Having said that, his finishing still needs improvement. Francois Sterchele was last year's topscorer in the Belgian first division. A good finisher, but with little or no experience on a higher level than Belgium. Wesley Sonck is an alternative, but all depends on how he develops over the coming weeks.
That should about it.