I scoured through the fixtures this week and I felt this club needed a result more than any. Eupen always need a result to be fair and at one point, I felt Eric Ocansey would follow Henry Onyekuru to bigger and better things. Obviously he still could, but for now he’ll need to focus his energy into the club who gave him that break in European football.
Equally effective on each wing, he mainly plays out on the right wing. With his pace and quality, as well as an eye for goal, he can worry many defenders with his pace and effort. Eupen have a fantastic mix of youth and experience up front with Ocansey, Leye, Garcia and Afif.
The thing is, Eupen have gone from goals galore, scoring and conceding, to tightening up at both ends. I’ve actually predicted a 2-1 win for the Pandas tomorrow because performances have looked encouraging under Claude Makélélé and Sint-Truiden look like they’ve slowed down recently.
The Ghanaian will look to add to his 5 league goals and 2 assists this season. He may feel he could’ve done better so far, not so much goals wise but assist wise. If he can get a yard and cross he’d have a good chance of Mbaye Leye getting his head on it.
With the score being 4-4 last time these two met, I can’t see that happening again. The goals have dried up for both, but on the plus side, Eupen seem to have a decent record at the Kehrweg against De Kanaries. At the end of the day, stubbornness is key to Eupen surviving. Every club around them picks up points each week, jostling to stay 15th or above, and that 5 point gap stays constant each week with Kortrijk, Mechelen, or this time Lokeren ending up there with the same 5 point gap.
Makélélé has his vision on football and plenty of coaches to takes his ideology from, as well as his own. His gone from one extreme to the other under the greatest coaches. From Del Bosque to Mourinho. Ocansey needs to soak up every bit of information he can, for his club future and international future.
If he can aim to whip a good ball in then he’ll be key to any club. It’s tough playing out wide because of the physical demands, but I was told if you get the ball across, then it’s for the strikers to get into the box. I know I shouldn’t be trying to ‘sell him’ but if he does progress, he needs to look at his former teammate in Onyekuru and not Acolatse or Ganvoula who just haven’t kicked on.
But for tomorrow, a good performance and a win above all will be priority.