Player of the Weekend: Lars Veldwijk

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Some months ago Lars Veldwijk was struggling to get regular game time at Korean K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors due to competing with a home-grown striker who started most of the club’s games at the start of the season.

This was due to strict work permit rules which forced coaches to use a local youngster aged 21 or below.

The Bafana Bafana striker then opted to join Korean K-League 2 side FC Suwon where he seems to have now settled playing 90 minutes in almost all their games including scoring three goals in the last two games that he has featured in.

Last weekend the former PEC Zwolle striker scored two beautiful goals against ASAN to give Suwon a comfortable 2-0 win away from home. This past weekend the lanky striker scored the only goal of the game as FC Suwon defeated Seoul E-land in the league. Veldwijk has fit in well coach Park Kun-Ha’s system doing well in the league under his guidance with Suwon seemingly the prime favourites to clinch the second division to gain promotion back to the K-League for the 2021/22 league season. Suwon currently sit on top of the division with 42 points accumulated from 21 games played so far this season in the league.

Veldwijk is familiar with such high-pressure expectations after the striker almost single handedly helped Dutch Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam win promotion back to the top flight in the 2018/19 season with 24 goals and 6 assists to his name. Veldwijk was named in the 2019 South African AFCON squad and later participated in the continental showpiece.

Here is Veldwijk’s game in numbers from the win against Seoul E-Land.

Minutes: 90

Pass Accuracy: 81%

Number of passes: 31

Goals: 1

Aerial duels won: 6 (100%)

Shots: 4 (2 on target)

Key passes: 2

Interceptions: 2

FC Suwon next take on Ansan Greeners and the striker will definitely be starting up front for Suwon who will be looking at making it three win in a row in the league to further tighten their grip on top spot in the division.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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