Let me set the scene here…0-0, Last minute, with a packed out (hopefully) Jan Breydel Stadion and Ruud Vormer steps up to send a free kick into the top corner and close the gap to 1 point with 2 games left! Well, because I’m as unbiased as I can be, I just hope it’s a great match and the best team wins, but I’m sure the belated birthday boy will like to keep all three points in Bruges.
The Dutchman has been fantastic since joining the club from Feyenoord 3 years ago and with every season he becomes more and more important to Michel Preud’homme. Playing in the centre, he is pivotal in starting attacks and stopping attacks. All round midfielder. However, being a team player he has filled in when needed in defence too.
Being ever present all season, it shows how vital he is, although we all know that. Missing one match all season through illness in the regular season, he was involved in a goal every 2 matches for the side, scoring 8 and assisting with 7, which is pretty decent in my opinion, helping the side get the upper hand finishing second, aiding them in a play off position. The best thing is that he has scored in big matches against teams around Club Brugge as well this season, also scoring in the Belgian Supercup!
Going into the play offs however, he hasn’t found the net thus far and chipped in with one assist, but Brugge have just started to come good at a time when they need to be, especially with Anderlecht up next, and Vormer will hope to right a wrong after his last appearance against Les Mauves getting sent off on half time, due to lack of discipline in my opinion.
But, with me saying how important he is to the club, he has skippered the side twice on his return, proving his major importance and leadership when he wears that armband.
I had to pick a top player in a top game and Sunday has major importance. If Anderlecht win they win the title. A draw would suit Anderlecht too, meaning nothing less than a win for Club Brugge will do. They can finish second which isn’t awful in regards to European competition next season, but with the title up for grabs, Vormer and co know 3 points is the objective!