When I jumped into doing this I thought I could write about all sixteen Pro League clubs on a regular basis. There’s 365 days in a year, meaning I could technically talk about each club 22/23 times a year. I haven’t looked at who I’ve spoken about more often, but I’m certain Lokeren, Mechelen, Beveren, Standard Liège, erm…STVV and Mouscron haven’t had their day in the sun from me.
Not that any of you give a fuck, I’m just an idiot who spills his thoughts about Belgian football and I don’t have set dates on the calendar that I tick off, saying ‘today, I’ll choose Eupen’ or do a UEFA Champions League draw where I unscrew a ball an hold up ‘KV Kortrijk (BEL)’ and pluck some story out of my arse (sorry about giving anyone that image). But it’s true, I love the unfashionable, underdog teams who I don’t often speak about, and that includes Standard, but even the press publish more about the ‘top teams’ more often. The only way Beveren are mentioned is regarding Morioka leaving, but there’s no digging story on who’s coming in.
What doesn’t help, for me, is the lack of social media interaction from those teams. Kortrijk are brilliant at it to be fair, but Oostende, Lokeren, Waasland-Beveren and Mechelen for example just don’t post on Twitter (which I prefer). If you can’t write on there because there’s nothing worth talking about, I understand. I don’t just comment for the sake of it. But it’s like a ghost town on some accounts. Is it because there isn’t a designated social media expert on there? I don’t know. I’m not solely picking on those four. But a regular communication would be superb.
Sometimes though, no news is good news. I’m sure Lokeren fans may agree that their away wins against Zulte Waregem, Antwerp and Oostende this season were probably not so much spoken about a superb away performance, but an poor showing from the home team. Mechelen are in the news because of negativity. Same applies to Oostende, if they’re even spoken about and you’ll have to tell me, are Sint-Truiden getting credit for staying in sixth almost all season, or is the focus on Genk and Standard Liège chasing them?
As I’m writing this, I need to do my due diligence and write more about the ‘lesser teams’ of this season. Like I’ve said, I’m in England, there’s no ticker tape across the bottom of my TV with JPL news, but there could be some pieces. I did try and ‘big up’ Mouscron early on, amongst others because of the way this season began, but I know I wrote about the negatives of Anderlecht, Gent and Genk too, so I am guilty. Maybe it’s human nature to kick whilst they’re down than build those up who are in the spotlight. I’ve praised Antwerp enough. Maybe it’s time for others more often. I’ll try at least!