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Now too good for Belgium?

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Portrait The steep climb of Joakim Maehle (21), the rocket Racing Genk

Now too good for Belgium?

The story of Joakim Maehle has something like that from Thomas Meunier. Never the top talent in the youth, until two seasons ago, turned into the right rear and it wasn’t until 21-year-old Dane this winter for 11.5 million euros to the Premier League.

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‘Joakim Maehle has the advantage that he never play badly. In his least match he gets still enough level. Because he is accustomed to work hard, ” says his first coach, Lars Sondergaard. Yorick Jansens/belga

Portrait The steep climb of Joakim Maehle (21), the rocket Racing Genk

Now too good for Belgium?

The story of Joakim Maehle has something like that from Thomas Meunier. Never the top talent in the youth, until two seasons ago, turned into the right rear and it wasn’t until 21-year-old Dane this winter for 11.5 million euros to the Premier League.

Perhaps without Pozuelo

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Koen Van Uytvange

Genk ” What in the hell is the matter?” When annemette to visit Maehle and her husband Ole Pedersen learn that the 19-year-old Joakim, the middle of three sons, to Belgium, they look at each other frowning. A month earlier, on October 2, 2016, live three Belgians the match Aalborg-Sönderjyske. Rik Vande Velde, at that time sports director of KV Mechelen, Genk-scout Marcel Nies and Evert Maeschalck, football agent of, among others, Hans Vanaken and with SportPlus very familiar with the Scandinavian market. Aalborg and Maehle lose that night, but Maeschalck write down the name of the 19-year-old right back.

When three days later, Gunther Schepens bump into during Roeselare-Lommel, tips Maeschalck the Dane to the AA Gent-scout. A week later, call Schepens back. At Ghent, they are blazing. After viewing the images and the blessing of Hein Vanhaezebrouck, scout Gilbert De Groote sent to Denmark. Michel Louwagie is quickly willing to a lot to pay, even more than the 1.3 million that Genk a half later on the table. But Aalborg nor the player themselves want to contribute to a transfer.

“That interest came too early. Joakim played only a half year as a pro and found the transition too quickly, ” says his mom. “But we found a half year later still, when he came to Genk went. You hear so many stories about young players who leave to go abroad, and fail. We were anxious, but that we told not to Joakim. If he wants to, then we need to be there for him.”

Trainingspeler

‘On his debut, we lost by a penalty that he caused. But I liked him the best on the field’

Maehles coach at Aalborg

AA Gent does the new year not to try more. In the summer, where Thomas Foket medical is rejected by the Atalanta, draws the Dylan Bronn. Genk, Maehle will also get tipped by Maeschalck, scout him meanwhile, intensive, and see in him a successor to Timothy Castagne. Technical director Dimitri de Condé and his scouts are very impressed by his lung capacity. . The last two times that Genk the YoYo test is organized – a heavy intervaloefening which ends at 24 miles per hour – ran Maehle. The Dane is on a physical plane, a monster, primus in Aalborg and Genk, good for more than 11 km per match, of which at least a kilometer at high speed.

‘That boy can be a whole day walk, ” says Lars Sondergaard, the coach who Maehle let debut in Aalborg. “When Joakim the A-core came, we had just six guys from the U19 a professional contract. He was the last. We took him there as trainingspeler, someone that we workout at different positions could bet on. Joakim was trained as a vleugelaanvaller, but you could take him anywhere. However, since we are an attacking right back was needed, we let him play in the reserves.’

One of the backs is injured fails, and Maehle, brand new in that role, gets a chance. “The first time he started, we lost of Lyngby 1-0. By a penalty kick, caused by … Joakim. (laughs) But I liked him the best man on the field. He grabbed his chance with both hands.’

New Meunier

Two years later, Maehle one of the engines of titelfavoriet Genk, as Thomas Meunier that was in Club Brugge, not coincidentally the one with whom Philippe Clement it often compares. After a aanpassingsjaar at Genk in which above all, his defensive game is planed was, he seems to be already too good for Belgium. “He is, at his age the best right back in Europe’, says Evert Maeschalck.

His first coach rubs her still in the eyes that the Maehle-rocket since its launch, with around at lightning speed, the elevation in lap. ‘Though he has the advantage that he never play badly. In his least matches he gets still enough level. Because he is accustomed to work hard. Joakim is a rather quiet but relaxed guy. He will not miss a single training session, gives himself fully and is never scared.”

Where he has those genes come from? Father played football, while mother played handball, but both at a low level. ‘That lung capacity he has not to me, ” laughs his mom. “He did gymnastics and played handball, but football player, that he would be. That he always had to fight for his place, has made him hardened. And we come from Ostervra, a village in Jutland, northern Denmark. Danes of this region are known hard workers.”

Just as in Aalborg, by the way, a football club of the working class which insists on diligence and modesty. And where she is today, after the rejected bid from Southampton from € 11.5 million, not a shred of regret that he ‘only’ 1,3 million euros was sold to Genk. ‘We gave that transfer to Genk, because he developed quickly, ” says sports director Allan Estate. ‘In an interview for their coming to the A-core, I asked each one of his contemporaries who would first break through. No one who thought the Joakim would be.’

Perhaps without Pozuelo

Alejandro Pozuelo still want to Toronto, but stepped up yesterday as expected, with Genk the plane in the direction of Prague. Chairman Peter Croonen hopes that Toronto agrees that Pozuelo until may to Canada draws. “We are still waiting for an answer,” he said. “And if Pozo mind, we will be very happy and him in our arms. I think that chance is still great.” Or he tonight on the field of Slavia plays? That chance is rather small. A lot of enthusiasm shone the Spaniard yesterday on training. Philippe Clement wanted to there’s nothing about lost. “Or he’s ready to play, I don’t know. I can’t get inside his head look.”(hbvl)

Sparta Prague–RC Genk

Kick-off: 18.55 pm, live on Canvas

Referee: Andres Trimanis (Note)

Sparta Prague: Kolar, Coufal, Kudela, Ngadeu, Doril, Husbauer, Soucek, Olayinka, Sevcik, Stoch, Skoda. Invaders: Kovar, Deli, Frydrych, Kral, Zmrhal, Masopust, Van Buren

RC Genk: Vukovic, Maehle, Aidoo, Dewaest, De Norre, Heynen, Malinovskyi, Ndongala, Fiolic, Trossard, Samatta. Invaders: Jackers, Vandevoordt, Seigers, Wouters, Borges, Piotrowski, Paintsil, Ingvartsen, Gano, Pozuelo

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