VfL Osnabrück – match report vs SSV Jahn Regensburg 08/11/20

On November 8th VFL Osnabrück visited SSV Jahn Regensburg in an exciting game in the 2. Bundesliga in Germany. High-flying Osnabrück were confident in their game against Regensburg going forward and made the most of their chances: scoring 4 goals against a fairly decent Regensburg side. In the end it was 2-4 for the visiting team and Osnabrück is now second in the 2. Bundesliga.

Ratings

  • 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, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Etienne Amenyido

Player profile:

  • Nationality: German
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 01/03/1998
  • Current club: VfL Osnabrück
  • Career: Borussia Dortmund (Y), VVV-Venlo (Y) Borussia Dortmund II, VfL Osnabrück
  • Position: Striker
  • Secondary position: Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Osnabrück has been building their squad and performances for a couple of years now and they are slowly rising into the top of the 2. Bundesliga. One of the players that profits from that rise, is Etienne Amenyido. The 22-year old striker is a physical strong striker, who can both play with space in front of him, as well as act as link-up player.

His physicality is a real asset for the league as he is pretty good in the aerial dues, as well in the 1v1’s against the Regensburg defenders. What is pretty impressive is his balance in the duels and his ability to buckle through the rank of defence and produce a shot or key pass to one of his team mates. This could be seen in the goal he scored against Regensburg and established himself as a decent striker in this particular game.

He is a hard worker, but his positioning must improve in order to become better. He thrives when the gameplan is clear and he knows his duties, but he fails to recognise danger on himself and that can lead to errors in the attacking final third, which can prove vital in the transition from attack to defence.

He definitely offers danger to the opponents’ defence and he has the skillset of striker, but as soon as he moves into a wing-position, you can see flaws in his positioning and marking.

Rating – A2

Amenyido has started his way up in the 3. Liga and has moved forward alongside the club. He can definitely become a top player on the 2. Bundesliga level and if he improves his vision, positioning and awareness – he could go on to play for the smaller teams in the 1. Bundesliga in time.

Ludovit Reis

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 01/06/2000
  • Current club: VfL Osnabrück, on loan from FC Barcelona B
  • Career: SV Hoofddorp (Y), FC Groningen, FC Barcelona B, VfL Osnabrück (L)
  • Position: Central Midfield
  • Secondary position: Defensive Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Ludovit Reis came on loan from FC Barcelona B and has been playing in central midfield for Osnabrück in their game against Regensburg. He is an intelligent player who tries to link the defence to the attack, and he tries to do that with direct passes and progressive runs – in order to get to the attacking part of the game as quickly as possible.

His passing is excellent and because of his awareness, he knows exactly which ball to give and where every player is. This technique with the ball is very good and is an asset to the Osnabrück team in order to create chances. He is intelligent on and off the ball and makes runs in defence as well as in the attack, which make him a very good central midfielder on this level.

One thing is slightly worrying, his physical appearance. This league is tough and quite physical and Reis doesn’t do well in the duels. He is easily defeated in both the air and on the ground, which is also worrying in the 1v1’s. Without the ball he is very good and his spatial awareness covers a lot, but in the duels – he is not good.

Rating – A2

I think Reis can become a player who could feature in one of the top 5 leagues in Europe. Perhaps not at FC Barcelona, but he could definitely play in mid-table club in one of those leagues. However, he needs to work on his physical attributes because that’s a concern for now.

Luc Ihorst

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 07/03/2000
  • Current club: VfL Osnabrück, on loan from Werder Bremen
  • Career: SW Osterfeine (Y), Werder Bremen (Y), VfL Osnabrück
  • Position: Striker
  • Preferred foot: Both

Luc Ihorst is young striker who plays for Osnabrück on loan from Werder Bremen and plays in a two striker system with Amenyido, or plays in a false 9 position – just behind Amenyido. He is 1,90 and a good physical appearance in the duels. He wins most of his aerial duels which is good for his striking partner, as he can then anticipate on it. He is difficult to defend and because of that, Ihorst often comes in the position to create a goalscoring opportunity.

His passing style is direct and after he passes the ball, he immediately gets in the position to receive the ball in a more forward manner. He wants to drive forward and his only target is the goal. He is technically gifted and can shoot from each position with both feet, which is difficult for the defenders to defend.

What I didn’t like about Ihorst is his mental strength. In the attack you get a few chances per game, but obviously not every attack will be successful. The manner how you react to that says a lot of how well you will be doing in the next chance. Ihorst easily gives up or gets very frustrated and takes it out on his team mates or his opponent. That was disappointing to see.

Rating – B1

At the moment I would say he is a great talent and could feature for Werder Bremen’s first team in the future, but his mental attributes did scare me. He really needs to work on that, otherwise his career will not grow above the 2. Bundesliga.

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