With Samatta and Onuachu, Racing Genk has two former top scorers in its core. Nevertheless, Wouter Vrancken chose Németh in the striker.
19-year-old Andras Németh stands his ground at the front of Racing Genk, but was unable to score in the past three games as a basic player for the Limburgers. He was also sidelined against STVV after 65 minutes without a goal.
With goalscorer Paul Onuachu on the bench, it seemed like a no-brainer to bring in the Nigerian, but Wouter Vrancken chose Ally Samatta, the prodigal son who returned on loan and couldn’t break any pots at Antwerp last year.
At the press conference afterwards, Vrancken had a simple explanation for his substitution: “I wanted to play out of the game for as long as possible. With a Leistner in the center of the defense at STVV you should not lie. You also saw that in our chances with Paintsil: from going into the duel and then making the action.”
“With Samatta I brought a more running striker between the lines,” continues Vrancken. “At the end of the day you still try and bring Onuachu. It was just a search for the right profile and I needed more than Samatta’s,” he concludes.