STVV’s match against 5th placed RSC Charleroi ended in a bitter loss for de Kanaries. The home side lined up in a 5-3-2 against Chareloi’s 5-2-1-2 and didn’t get off to a good start. After just seven minutes RSC Charleroi opened the score through Anass Zaroury who scored with a lovely backwards header, after some poor defending. RSC Charleroi completely dominated the first half, looked a lot better in duels and won almost every second ball. STVV could barely get off their own half, but didn’t give that many chances away at the back. In the second half STVV’s manager Hollerbach made some changes and they looked a lot stronger in midfield. Still both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances. STVV left a lot of space at the back in the final minutes of the game and was quite lucky not to concede from one of the many counterattacks Charleroi managed to fumble.
- 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
- Nationality: Japanese
- Age: 22
- Date of birth: 05/05/1999
- Current club: STVV (On loan from Alavés)
- Career: FC Tokyo, NK Istra, Alavés, STVV (Loan)
- Position: Striker
- Preferred foot: Right
Taichi Hara played up front next to Daichi Hayashi and showed some real promise, despite not being able to make the difference today. Hara is 6’3” tall with quite a lean build and absolutely thrives in the air. STVV played a lot of long balls towards the tall striker who did well finding his teammates with headers. The 22-year-old had a bit of a slow start to the game, losing too many duels, but really grew into the match as it went on. He did a lot better on the ball with an opponent pressing him from behind and showed more composure on the ball overall. In the second half, it looked like he could only lose a duel on the ground if he was fouled.
For a striker with his build and role as targetman you probably don’t expect him to be very technically gifter, but Hara really surprised me in that aspect. When he didn’t flick the ball on his head, his first touch was solid and he looked very comfortable on the ball. Nearing the end of the games Hara dropped back multiple time or moved to the side to collect the ball. He scanned well and was easily able to turn forward with his first touch. Hara even showed great passing range with a lovely through pass in the 83rd minute, which Balongo didn’t manage to control.
This all sounds very good, but you mainly want goals from your striker. Hara’s positioning in the box wasn’t faultless this game. There were a few moments where he mistimed his run, being a bit too early or late. And a different time he stayed on the edge of the box, when he probably should’ve made a run to the near post. I have to say that it really wasn’t easy for him, because a lot of the times he was at the right place, but then the cross that came in was just very poor. Hara had two big opportunities this game. In the 60th minute he took a shot from around 20 meters, which looked very decent and STVV was a little unlucky that the rebound just didn’t go their way. And in the final moments of the game he made a nice late run in the box and got an open header from the penalty spot which went just wide.
Rating – A2
I’m very curious to see more of Taichi Hara. He is a great targetman, but also showed some nice technical abilities. I think he could make a nice move to a team a bit higher in the league after the season, if Alavés allows him to go of course.
- Nationality: Belgian/Senegalese
- Age: 23
- Date of birth: 20/09/1998
- Current club: STVV
- Career: KAA Gent, KV Kortrijk (L), Waasland-Beveren, STVV
- Position: Left Wing
- Secondary position: Attacking Midfield, Striker
- Preferred foot: Right
I’ve seen Aboubakary Koïta a few times last season and he mainly stood out to me because of his inconsistency. He could have great moments where he displayed absolute class, but then misplace every pass in the final fifteen minutes of a match. Koïta came on in the second half as left wing back/left winger to be more of a threat in the final third, than Liberato Cacace was in the first half, and he did a really good job. He was a constant threat for the Charleroi defenders. Koïta is a small winger standing at 5’9”, but as I said in my last report; you just can’t get him off the ball. He loved to take on his opponents 1v1s. He would often cut into his preferred right foot, but was also comfortable using his left foot and going around the outside.
One of these moments almost resulted in a great goal from him. After dribbling past two opponents his left-footed shot, from a very difficult angle, blasted off the woodwork. This wasn’t the first time Koïta hit the woodwork this game. Twenty meters earlier a great free kick from him bounced off the same post he hit with his other shot.
Rating – B1
Koïta showed that he can be a real asset for a lot of clubs in the Jupiler Pro League. He’s unlucky that STVV plays without wingers, since that’s where he is most dangerous. There was one moment where he tried to take on too many opponents, but his decision making overall looked a lot better than last year.
- Nationality: German
- Age: 19
- Date of birth: 29/05/2002
- Current club: STVV (On loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach)
- Career: Borussia Mönchengladbach, STVV (Loan)
- Position: Centre Midfield
- Preferred foot: Right
I was really excited to see cover Rocco Reitz this match, after I saw him play a really strong match against RFC Seraing. But it was a very disappointing match for the young German. Reitz played a very poor first half and then got subbed off at halftime. Reitz played as STVV’s right centre midfielder, with Dimitri Lavalée behind him and Christian Brüls offered very little this game. Reitz was mainly just very sloppy on the ball. His passing was very poor and there were a few moments where he played a misplaced long pass instead of looking for the short combination, even though he looked quite strong in the smaller spaces.
Reitz overall did well in his duels. The 5’9” tall midfielder lacks a bit of muscle mass, but was very aggressive in ground duels. When he recovered the ball however, there were just no options for him. Often he was forced to play the long pass, because there were no other options.
Rating – D
You can see that Reitz has quite some abilities in his locker, but after he got subbed off STVV looked a lot better in midfield. He was quite unfortunate in this game, but also simply made too many mistakes.