After my extremely popular player profile last week, hopefully this can be the same. Throughout this season Sint Truiden have found it tough. After winning their first match, things may have looked promising, but it was a false promise. Staying either 10th or lower all season, it may have felt difficult to stay positive, but amongst all that doom, there has been some rays of light.
Joining at the start of the season from MVV Maastricht, Stef Peeters has remained a constant throughout this term. Plying his trade mostly in Holland, he has looked very good back home in Belgium. Since coming back he has contributed with 5 goals all season (including one in the play offs against Beveren), switching between orthodox and attacking midfielder, which isn’t bad settling back in at a new club. But with his attacking role, he has been sublime on the assist front.
Creating eleven goals, that means that he has been involved in just under a goal every two games, whether direct from himself or teeing up a teammate. Being on set pieces too, that’s helped, but without it being pinpoint, there’s no point being on them if you can’t pick out a teammate.
If there was to be a downfall to Stef‘s game this season, it may be disciplinary, with 6 yellow cards this season. With that he picked up a suspension on Boxing Day. Whether that was deliberate for Christmas or not only he’d know. Of course I’m joking…But with somebody so key to Sint Truiden in a lot of ways, he needs to be on the pitch. After explaining how vital he is, scoring the odd goal, being in the top 5 assist makers this season in the Pro League. Hey, even captaining the side a couple of times, it shows that Ivan Leko thinks of him as a leader within the squad!
With Lierse up next, it will be a tough match. They’ve shown real determination against, for me, the 2 top teams in this group, only losing 1-0 last time out with a last minute winner from Mechelen. Yet on the other hand, STVV have been impressive. Four points out of 6 including a last minute draw away at Standard, you have to say they’ve performed well and will look to continue that form against the second tier side Saturday, with Peeters leading the way!