How a 16-year-old RSCA brought to life: “All those balls back is not a question from Mazzu?” | Jupiler Pro League

How a 16-year-old RSCA brought to life: “All those balls back is not a question from Mazzu?” | Jupiler Pro League
How a 16-year-old RSCA brought to life: “All those balls back is not a question from Mazzu?” | Jupiler Pro League

He did not become the youngest goalscorer for the first team of Anderlecht. Nii Lamptey (16 years and 6 days), Paul Van Himst (16 years and 93 days) and Romelu Lukaku (16 years and 101 days) were younger than Julien Duranville (16 years and 122 days) when they first hit the net shaking for Anderlecht.

He did write his name under those of three illustrious predecessors and provided another unique item.

Never before has a player scored a goal in the Challenger Pro League (for RSCA Futures) and in the Jupiler Pro League (for the A-team) in the same weekend.

Julien Duranville was only part of the competition selection because Yari Verschaeren, Francis Amuzu and Kristian Arnstad, among others, were ill. Still, the raid against OH Leuven by “the lightning” – his nickname at Neerpede because of his speed – was not a complete bolt from the blue.

Last season, Duranville made his debut at Jan Breydel against Club Brugge, when Vincent Kompany was still in charge.

With a goal and his actions, Julien Duranville made a noticeable difference against OH Leuven, where Anderlecht had ended up in the same bed as against Union and AA Gent. That was also noticed by Peter Vandenbempt.

“Anderlecht’s attacking game is not lacking in good will, but nobody takes the initiative,” said Vandenbempt in Extra Time. “It goes way too much backwards and wide. And Duranville did that differently.”

“It didn’t work out at all what he did, but he tried. He made moves, forced corners, scored a goal. Duranville just did what you expect from a wing player. A good Amuzu does that too, but his form is another one. bit of a downward trend.”

“At 16 he already showed a lot of guts, just like in Bruges last year. He is very fast, has technique, dares to make actions, is agile and I also thought he had an overview.”

“He brought Anderlecht to life. That already started with the substitutes of Vertonghen and Ashimeru.”

Precisely at Anderlecht they now know that a blitz start is no guarantee for the sequel.

Yari Verschaeren, Francis Amuzu and Anouar Ait El Hadj also once made a dazzling impression in their first raids, but in the meantime they are accused of carrying the team too little.

According to Filip Joos, this has to do with the pressure of “the institute” Anderlecht and not with the trainer. “All those balls back is certainly not the job of Felice Mazzu,” says Joos.

“If there was a team last season that regularly lost the ball by playing directly, it was Union. They didn’t mind there.”

According to Filip Joos, Gert Verheyen and Hernan Losada – also at the table in Extra Time – also felt this pressure during their period in Brussels. “You do feel that pressure,” Verheyen confirmed. “Although it was already there after losing once, now it is a bit less.”

Peter Vandenbempt’s conclusion: “You should not put the weight of Anderlecht on Julien Duranville’s shoulders, but you can see him in the A-team as a backup for Amuzu.”

NEXT Should Lotto-Soudal fear idleness? Riders are transfer-free in the event of relegation