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Wesley Hoedt - Official: Signs for Anderlecht


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Wish him well in the future. 
 

It’s no coincidence that most of the players who arrived in that Puel / Pellegrino / Hughes era have not been successful here. It must’ve been the worst time to join the club and an environment not conducive for any kind of sustained success: numerous changes in manager, playing style & philosophy. Add to that the constant upheaval of the squad & the poor managerial and executive appointments, (even a change in ownership?).
 

And it’s not just the transfers that didn’t work out. The young players coming through the academy suffered because of it. Also, to this day I still struggle to think of any players who actually improved during that era (Romeu & Hojbjerg maybe?). 
 

So it’s no surprise to me that players who arrived with rumoured potential in that time period have massively failed to perform. Some of it is on them of course, but we can’t overlook the wider context and club they arrived into. 
 

But with these players off the books & new ownership in the pipeline (fingers crossed), hopefully we can begin to move into a new chapter.

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On 17/06/2021 at 20:27, Lighthouse said:

He’s been here two years and not shown any notable signs of progression at all.

Has all the football skill but no football brain, constantly tries to do too much with too many tricks, walks into trouble. loses possession, repeats. 

Redmond you of anyone?

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7 hours ago, Mr X said:

Has all the football skill but no football brain, constantly tries to do too much with too many tricks, walks into trouble. loses possession, repeats. 

Redmond you of anyone?

Hoedt must have "looked good " in teams before he got to us, but often players become the "square peg"  in a new club, and don't ever fit in.

This was certainly the case with Hoedt,  and his outspoken reaction to being dropped / blamed for team errors didn't help his case either.

My input is that many players look good  in a successful team, (or are stand-out players in a poor side), but that doesn't help if they join 

a new club and are asked to play another role,  or in another formation. The footballing nous, or talent they had learnt before just goes to waste.

 

Looking at  Hoedt's  performances with Saints, few of us would deny that is didn't work out, but there is a footballer in there somewhere and 

it would be nice to think that despite all the strife in between, he may get the chance to kick start his career before it's too late. 

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16 hours ago, david in sweden said:

Hoedt must have "looked good " in teams before he got to us, but often players become the "square peg"  in a new club, and don't ever fit in.

This was certainly the case with Hoedt,  and his outspoken reaction to being dropped / blamed for team errors didn't help his case either.

My input is that many players look good  in a successful team, (or are stand-out players in a poor side), but that doesn't help if they join 

a new club and are asked to play another role,  or in another formation. The footballing nous, or talent they had learnt before just goes to waste.

 

Looking at  Hoedt's  performances with Saints, few of us would deny that is didn't work out, but there is a footballer in there somewhere and 

it would be nice to think that despite all the strife in between, he may get the chance to kick start his career before it's too late. 

I was on about dejenepo but yes hoedt had some skills just an attitude that didn't match 

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