I thought seeing as I’ve got time, and plenty of it for once, I’d give credit to a player who I was honestly going to write about a couple of weeks ago. Since then he has shone quite brightly against two Pro League clubs and has scored two in two. He looks to be a manager’s dream looking at where he can play, be willing to play and put in a shift as well.
Alexander Maes has played almost every minute in the league this season, missing just 146 minutes in matches he could be selected for. He is vital because of his versatility, as Maes has played anywhere across the pitch, showing us that the utility player isn’t dead! You could say scoring just two goals and chipping in with three assists isn’t outstanding, but like I’ve just said, he is pivotal in that he doesn’t need those kind of stats to be selected and to be important to the team. To play football for a footballer is the main objective, with other aspects being a bonus. Although there are many positives that I’ve just mentioned, you do have to question the yellow cards he is getting. Whether its through petulance, mistimed challenges or anything else, he has managed to get seven in all competitions, missing a game through suspension by accumulating too many, and he managed to get sent off versus Cercle in the promotion playoff, missing the second leg! Obviously I primarily focus on the JPL, so if anyone actually reads this, they’ll know more, but missing the return leg, who knows if Alexander Maes could’ve made a difference if available? Moving onto the here and now, he has the aforementioned two goals against teams Beerschot would’ve been looking to beat if promoted. Scoring a header and a penalty, it again shows he is a goalscorer if in those positions, although with one of the biggest foreheads in the land, he should get his head onto crosses. Up against Antwerp, it’s a huge match for the area with with just 5.8miles separating them! This derby will be huge in the fight for that playoff spot, even though both teams may be slightly out of the picture right now. It’ll be tough because it is a derby, but also because Antwerp have been impressive this season, even though they’ve taken a downward turn this year. Being defensively vigilant will be key for the team, and with Maes not only hoping to play, he’ll want to help make a difference too, whether it’s performing in one of his many positions he can play, or personally, scoring another vital goal for a team hoping to get their first win. He is a fighter. To start off so well at Willem II and then work your way back up the pyramid, Maes is clearly a battler who is still striving to do well in his native country and I can’t see why not at KFCO Beerschot, if not elsewhere.