The newcomers at KV Mechelen are not yet making their mark. An ex-Buffalo has not yet been able to provide that added value.
Hugo Cuypers went from KV Mechelen to AA Gent and Yonas Malede (22) made the opposite move. Although the Dutch trainer could be satisfied with few players, in the match against Seraing last weekend it was striking how Danny Buijs was especially busy in Malede. He saw a goal disallowed at Cercle a few weeks ago and has still not been able to open his account.
In his first matches, the Israeli acted as a striker, against Seraing from the left. His actions were very predictable. Buijs believes that Malede should handle his efforts much smarter. “You have to do football with your head. Nowadays there are all kinds of data that you can point to. You can say: “I’ve run a lot, sprinted a lot”. But if you’re halfway wrong, what’s in it for you? at?”
Recognizing what is needed in certain phases must therefore be much better. “You have to know in situations: do I have to play the ball behind the man, do I have to play it in front of the man, do I have to keep up with it, do I have to play deep? I miss that with him. It is also partly quality. Storm came in for twenty minutes and was many times more dangerous than Malede in that period.”
However, not everything is negative, because Yonas Malede does show an exemplary commitment. “His will is great, but it must be the basis that you give everything you have on the field. You also have to play football with your mind.”