Oh my God! Kenny Saief at RSC Anderlecht

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  1. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    The manager doesn't seem to trust Kenny and unfortunately I have to agree with him.
     
  2. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
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    Arsenal FC
    He hasn't played in 2 games. I know you love to be negative all the time, but come on.
     
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  3. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Manager put him 90 against Lokeren, one of the bottom feeders in the Jupiler. In the big game vs. Brugge he played 20 minutes. He got his shot in the Europa at home vs. Fenerbahce and didn't do enough, all their attacks came through their right (Kenny was LW).

    Manager has slowly but surely lost confidence in him, and I see Saief being used mainly against weaker rivals and to kill a game already won against stronger ones, from now on.
     
  4. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    Kenny is, to be perfectly honest, in really bad form at the moment. His last few games for RSC have been kinda bad, and after today's result I think Vanhaezebrouck is probably under a lot of pressure to improve results.

    I'm not sure anyone has lost faith in him, simply because it took him so long to return to action after his injury. But his minutes are probably gonna remain limited until he shows he can play better.
     
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  5. ChuckMe92

    ChuckMe92 Member+

    Jun 23, 2016
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    He didn't get off the bench today for Anderlecht in a win over his former club Gent.
     
  6. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017


    Departs NT camp with an injury that he came into camp with... so, yeah, I don't think Kenny's lost any ability, but he's really struggled to get over the injury he picked up in camp way back in May.
     
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  7. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Why was he called at all? It was not a mystery he was still recovering from injury and that's why he only played 9' before the friendlies.

    Saief is another guy who's having problem with recurring injuries, and has not been himself since the Colombia game.
     
  8. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    Kenny didn't make the bench in RSC's league match on Sunday, which was to be expected. Belgian sources described Kenny's fitness as "unclear", but this source claims he resumed training with the team today.

    Anderlecht have a huge injury problem right now, which is costing them (Sunday's match was a 4-2 loss away from home), so if Kenny is healthy, he will probably get minutes no matter how badly he's playing.
     
  9. BostonRed

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  10. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    ooof... the reviews on twitter are very harsh. Not that Kenny can shoulder all of the blame, a 0-0 with 70% of the possession and only 2 shots on target (one of which came from our guy) is a real team effort, but Kenny is being savaged by Anderlecht supporters. FWIW, WhoScored has him at a 6.68 (on the lower side of the 14 that played) and credits him with 2 key passes and the aforementioned shot on target. Anderlecht are out of the EL and will likely finish bottom of the group unless they can win at Zagreb next week.

    I'm curious to see if RSC will abandon the 3-man back-line in favor of this 4-2-3-1 (looks like a 4-3-3 on their graphic, but didn't function like one), which would see Saief higher up the pitch.
     
  11. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
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    Millwall FC
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    I am a big believer in Kenny's talent - when he's on his game.

    Unfortunately, something is really wrong with Kenny since that botched hernia surgery in July 2017. He's just not close to the level he was at up to that point. He had a few decent games for Anderlecht earlier in this year but it was short lived.

    I hope he gets it back. At his best, he's a very good player. But clearly he's off.
     
  12. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
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    Agreed. He was coming on very strong and things were looking great until that injury on USMNT duty. His career has sputtered hard ever since.
     
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  13. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    He wasn't very good to begin with, now he's just anonymous. Maybe he should go for that modelling career before he gets too old for that too.
     
  14. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wasn't Saief already hurting when he came into US camp for his first cap?
     
  15. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

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    Actually, he was pretty decent e.g. his CL games for Gent. Check them out.
     
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  16. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    Kenny started on the bench and came on in the 88' in yesterday's 0-1 loss vs Genk.
     
  17. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    I translated articles from 3 different sources that predicted that Kenny would be starting against Charleroi, but he doesn't even make the bench:



    No injury reported, so feels like a decent chance that Vanhaezebrouck is fed up with him.

    On the other hand, he's apparently been chillin with Ben Lederman:

     
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  18. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

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    Probably just really enjoy chatting in Hebrew.
     
  19. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Those two are going to get awesome at FIFA.
     
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  20. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
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    Oct 16, 2017
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  21. BostonRed

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  22. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Well Zagreb is also playing several second stringers. This game is basically a practice session: even if Zagreb lost, they won the group; even if Anderlecht won, they're last in the group.
     
  23. zlatan_but_a_car

    Botswana Meat Commission FC
    United States
    Oct 16, 2017
    Kenny wound up going 69' (nice) and had a mediocre-to-forgettable game:


    Meanwhile, Votebal claims that Saief is on a "for sale" list:
    https://www.voetbal24.be/news/ander...bakkali?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    And Sporza says that Vanhaezebrouck thinks he isn't working hard enough in training:
    https://sporza.be/nl/2018/12/10/hein-over-bakkali-saief/

    Some fans on twitter and smaller Belgian outlets claimed that today would be used as a test of sorts. Apparently RSC is going to open up the coffers during the winter window, and some current players will need to make way for the incoming players. Seems like Saief might be on the move soon...
     
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  24. isengrim

    isengrim Member

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Sep 17, 2017
    Vanhaezebrouck got sacked Haven't found a new manager yet.
     
  25. BostonRed

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