This week I scoured the league and I was looking at performances in both the league and in regards to total too, so I thought why not the Spaniard for Genk who has really taken to leadership like a duck to water… Alejandro Pozuelo.
Joining in 2015, he has flourished into such a key player taking the captaincy this calender year. A mainstay in midfield he can play anywhere as an orthodox midfielder, or adequately on the wing. Even though he was always key to what Genk have done, his importance has gone up a couple of levels once Leon Bailey and Wilfred Ndidi left. With them moving on in January, he has really stepped up and I guess the worrying thing for Genk is that if Pozuelo continues into the next January window with his form, he may move to a Champions League side like the previous two mentioned.
He has pitched in with his fair share of goals from midfield with 6 in total in the Pro League, but the good thing for Genk is that they seem to spread their goals around the side. With 7 assists too, that isn’t bad too for someone who has sometimes been playing as a deep lying midfielder, but the fact 6 of those assists came against Mouscron and Lokeren, home and away, that isn’t actually that great, with the odd assist coming recently against St Truiden in De Limburges Derby. Speaking of that match, he did basically run it by dismantling their local rivals in a 7 minute blitz.
Tomorrow, Pozuelo will certainly hope things turn out better than the last time Genk played Anderlecht. At the Luminus Arena, De Smurfen collectively lost 2-0, but individually, Pozuelo received two yellow cards in two minutes, meaning the next game is the only match he has missed in the league this season. With his fantastic recent performances, I’m sure he’ll show more maturity as they travel to Brussels, regardless of the result, however, with Genk’s away record, I’m unsure of maybe 3 points, but with the 2 teams European antics this week, anything can happen.
With Pozuelo being Spanish, he is fantastic technically and sitting as the playmaker right in the middle of midfield, he keeps things ticking over and can dictate play on his day. With Leandro Trossard and Mbwana Samata usually ahead of him up the pitch, and Alejandro pulling the strings, this could be interesting tomorrow as Genk are still fighting to sneak into the championship play offs, 2 points off of Charleroi in 6th and with three match days to go, including the visit to Anderlecht, there’s a tight group of five teams separated by just four points.
Games like in midweek versus Astra and tomorrow against Anderlecht, these are the matches where Pozuelo can showcase his talent and hopefully excel, not just for himself, but the travelling support to the match from Limburg region. Maybe with the right recruitment and holding onto Pozuelo, who says Genk can‘t relive the 2010/11 season?