With this midweek set of matches, I felt a number of players could’ve had a mention from me, but because I feel this could be their day, I’ve chosen Roeselare attacker Samy Kehli. The French/Algerian has proven he has been key to the side since joining last summer and has basically been ever present throughout this season in the second tier and in the Play Offs.
The 26 year old, plying his trade either down the centre or right wing has, as I’ve said, been vital to the successes of the club this season, as well as the downfalls, missing out in the Promotion Play Off against Antwerp recently. Wearing the number 10 shirt, it shows what Arnauld Mercier thinks of him within the starting line up as a play maker.
Chipping in with 7 goals and 4 assists in his first season at a new club, and with it being his first real permanent transfer, I’d say his been reasonably successful, averaging a goal or assist every 1 in 3 matches. Not too shabby really, with surely next season being the one where he can really kick on. With his goals at least, he earned the club 6 points through winning goals this season.
Being able to play in a few positions up top, his versatility is useful to the side if they ever have to switch their style within the match. And he is so key to the side, missing just 4 matches this season. Luckily as well, his injury record has been impeccable which is rare nowadays.
With how the season finished for Roeselare, maybe they can be forgiven for not picking up a win so far, possibly deflated knowing they get a taste against top flight opposition, only to have to play in the ‘B’ league next term. But like earlier, if Kehli is on form, he alone with a supporting cast can kick on and get themselves promoted next season!
With Kortrijk up next, who are hot and cold match by match, or sometimes minute by minute, the hosts may take advantage of that, and at the Schiervelde Stadion, they’d like to also take advantage of familiar surroundings and grab a win, with Kehli at the forefront of things going forward. It’ll still be tough Chevalier and Saadi up top, but as long as Roeselare capitalise up the other end, this could make for an entertaining match which could prove successful for the hosts!