It’s weird. You have Anderlecht vs Club Brugge on Sunday yet I’ve decided to go for a player in the second biggest match of the weekend (in my opinion). KV Mechelen versus manageress Standard Liege and, some may say this is an easy selection for a PP, but Mats Rits has been not only fantastic all season, but he seems to especially enjoy playing against the struggling former champions of 9 years ago.
The Belgian has maybe had a stop-start career going by what you read and where he has been, but joining Mechelen 4 years ago, and how close they were to the championship play offs, he may feel back on track with his progression and looks to be enjoying life right now. The young man couldn’t of had a better start to his professional career at Germinal Beerschot and had clubs queuing up for him. He joined Ajax which personally, I would initially feel that was a good move as it is a step up in terms of side, maybe the same in terms of playing level with the Pro League, but teams love to cherry pick from Ajax if the player is good enough.
Now at Mechelen since 2013, this season, even at his age, he is not only a leader but indispensable to the side. Only being subbed twice all season and missing just 2 games through suspension and not selected just the once, he is key to manager Yannick Ferrera and the team in general. The great thing about him is his versatility, where he can play anywhere centrally, across midfield and behind the striker too. The only problem is that with such quality, he could add more goals to his game when playing further forward, scoring just 5 in the league, and 3 of them against this weekends opponents Standard Liege!
Then again, as a midfielder, some might say assists are what he can be in the team for, but with 6 all season (including the play offs) he may feel he’d like to add more assists to this season’s tally too. But in general, that’s a contribution in some way towards eleven goals in total which isn’t bad for a midfielder in a tough league and with a goal or assist, he contributes a goal every 1 in 4 goals scored by the team!
Another thing he may want to work on is disciplinary, being suspended due to 5 yellow cards in the regular season, and the match he missed, the team lost too. The good thing that I’m sure the manager will be impressed with is that he seems to have learned by that and hasn’t picked up a card since. I know I brought up goals and assists, but he is a leader which I mentioned earlier, captaining the side throughout the play offs and other than a setback against Union Saint Gilloise, they’ve won every match since and will fancy their chances Saturday night.
The AFAS Stadion will be brimming with confidence and getting behind the team to ensure possible European football next season. With that it should hopefully instill confidence throughout the team and hopefully, Mats Rits will thrive off that atmosphere, at least for De Kakkers case anyway!