Willem II – Match Report vs Heracles Almelo 20/09/2020

After 45 dull minutes between Willem II and Heracles Almelo Adrie Koster, Willem II’s trainer decided to take off his two wingers (Nunnely and Köhlert) and brought Saddiki and Yeboah. Something definitely changed for the hosts as they were 3-0 up after just seven minutes into the second half. Willem II were in full control and didn’t get in danger anymore. In the 80th minute Vangelis Pavlidis scored his second goal of the game, which was the final score.


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Vangelis Pavlidis

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Greek
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 21/11/1998
  • Current Club: Willem II
  • Career: Bebides 2000 (Y), VFL Bochum (Y), BVB Dortmund (L, Y), Willem II
  • Position: Striker
  • Secondary position: Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Both

Willem II’s sole striker Vangelis Pavlidis had an absolutely outstanding game. The Greek striker was continously involved in Willem II’s attacks and an absolute nightmare for Heracles’ defenders. Pavlidis scored two great goals for his team and played a very big part in the hosts’ second goal. Standing at 6’1” Pavlidis was really useful as a targetman a couple of times, holding up the ball very well, but he did so much more than that. He showed superb vision and played some great one-touch passes, which really sped up some offensive moves. Before he received the ball he always spotted his teammates making a run elsewhere and also found them.

In the 46th minute Pavlidis opened the score of the game. After a good dribble he cut inside to his preferred right foot a little bit and found the far corner with a great shot from the edge of the box. Just five minutes later it was Pavlidis who also played a big part in Willem II’s second goals. After a good pass from left back Köhn Pavlidis made a good run towards the box and had an opportunity to shoot with his left foot. He waited just a bit too long with his shot, making the angle too hard, but after the ball deflected off of the goalkeeper Saglam tapped in the 2-0. Pavlidis’ second goal was probably the best one of the game. After some beautiful work by Mike Trésor Pavlidis controlled the ball with his chest and slotted the ball in the left corner of the goal.

Pavlidis was a constant threat and Heracles couldn’t get him off the ball. He played with his back towards the goal a lot, but when he had the opportunity he would carry the ball forward and be a constant threat. He made multiple dangerous progressive runs and put in some great crosses as well. In the 75th minute he made a great run on the left side of the pitch and cut inside towards his left foot. After beating two defenders, displaying some great dribbling and ball control, his finishing was a little too wild and his shot went over the bar.

Rating: A1

Pavlidis is a very versatile striker and played a great game. He is really composed and very unpredictable using both feet, even though he surely prefers his right foot.

Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Belgian/Burundian
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 28/05/1999
  • Current Club: Willem II
  • Career: RSC Anderlecht (Y), NEC Nijmegen, Willem II
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary position: Left Wing, Right Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye started of as Willem II’s attacking midfielder, moved to the left side in the second half and played as attacking midfielder again in the last few minutes of the game. As the attacking midfielder Trésor covered a lot of ground pressing high as a second striker for Willem II, but also doing his defensive duties. The 5’8” Belgian youth international isn’t a very strong player, but still hard to get off the ball with his great agility, fast turning speed and low center of gravity.

Both goals from Pavlidis this game were assisted by Mike Trésor. His assist for the first goal was a nice flick, but the work he did before Pavlidis’ second goal was really impressive. After a good dribble on the left beating his opponent easily, Trésor cut inside and played a one-two pass with Yeboah in the box. After getting the ball back from Yeboah Trésor played a lovely pass to Pavlidis on the right side of the box. The Greek striker didn’t fail in front of goal and scored the 4-0.

Mike Trésor was very involved in Willem II’s game, but not everything went the way he wanted. He really showed how good he is at times with some lovely flair, but he was a little too sloppy with his passes and some first touches at times. This could be a little lack on concentration, since he showed also displayed some great technique against Heracles. He made some good runs between the lines and his first touches were often perfect allowing him to easily turn the way he wanted. I felt he did a bit better on the left side this game, as he had some more freedom to move. He didn’t have too many problems with Heracles’ right back Tim Breukers and easily beat him a couple of times.

Rating: A2

Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye is a very good player with a lot of potential. He creates a lot of danger in the final third, but makes quite a bit of mistakes too.

Görkem Saglam

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German/Turkish
  • Age: 11/04/1998
  • Date of birth: 22
  • Current Club: Willem II
  • Career: VfL Bochum, Willem II
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary position: Centre Midfield, Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

The 22-year old Görkem Saglam started out as the right sided defensive midfielder next to Pol Llonch and moved one line forward in the second half. In the 50th minute Saglam scored the second goal for Willem II. After a shot deflected off of Heracles’ goalkeeper Blaswich Saglam was alert in the box and tapped in the 2-0. He also assisted the 3-0 playing a good pass to Yeboah when Willem II had a 3v2 on the half of Heracles. The midfielder could’ve had an even better night. In the 73rd minute he was in the box again and received a cross from Pavlidis, but his shot from close range hit the crossbar.

Saglam liked to make runs in the box every now and then, but didn’t forget his role as the defensive midfielder. On his own half Saglam barely got tested in a defensive duel. He played on the right side, but made the pitch very narrow when Heracles had the ball on the other side of the pitch, giving them very little space to get the ball to the other side. Saglam was very comfortable with the ball at his feet and didn’t try any crazy moves. He mostly played simple passes, but kept the tempo quite high not dribbling with the ball often. As Willem II played quite a high tempo Saglam not under high pressure often, but when he was he remained calm and protected the ball well with his body.

Rating: B1

Saglam joined Willem II last winter and only played 136 minutes last season. This year he fought his way into Willem II’s starting XI and is doing a great job. Another gem picked up by Willem II.

Derrick Köhn

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German/Ghanese
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 04/02/1999
  • Current Club: Willem II
  • Career: HSV (Y), FC Bayern München (Y), Willem II
  • Position: Left Back
  • Preferred foot: Left

German left back Derrick Köhn started for Willem II and got subbed off after 73 minutes since he was not fully match fit yet. Köhn made a solid impression and showed that he can be a very good left back for Willem II this season. Köhn often got the ball in build-up and did very well. He made a rot of runs forward and positioned himself quite high near the sideline. His short passes were really good throughout this matches, but his long balls missed some accuracy.

The 5’1” defender is very explosive on the first few meters and has a high top speed. Physically he is also very strong and the Heracles players struggled to get past him or get him off the ball. Köhn got forward a lot, overlapping often on the right side, but his end product wasn’t very good this game. He put in a couple of crosses, but they weren’t very good. In the 51st minute Köhn got a nice pre-assist by playing a very good pass to Pavlidis. Even though not everything went perfectly for this game Köhn seems to have the physical and technical attributes to make a very good left back in the Eredivisie.

Rating: B1

Victor van den Bogert

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 12/08/1999
  • Current Club: Willem II
  • Career: Willem II (Y), de Graafschap (L)
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Secondary position: Right Back
  • Preferred foot: Right

Victor van den Bogert is naturally a centre back, but played as the right back against Heracles and it really showed that he isn’t too confident on the right. On the ball he seemed very nervous, losing the ball very often. His passing was really poor and he ended the match with a passing accuracy of only 61%. Where Derrick Köhn was very involved in the final third for Willem II, making a lot of runs and being able to receive the ball, van den Bogert played a lot more careful. He only put in one cross, which ended up being blocked before it reached the box.

Van den Bogert ended up losing the ball 15 times and received 22 passes this game, which probably says enough about his performance. Defensively he seemed quite nervous and he really didn’t put a lot of aggression in his duels. Standing at 6’1” van den Bogert looks like quite a strong defender, but he barely showed. Only in the air it looked like van den Bogert was quite confident, winning almost all of his aerial duels this game.

Rating: D

Van den Bogert looked really nervous and was way too static. This performance was below average, but I want to see him in his natural position to properly judge him.

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