Friday, September 29, 2023

RWDM: life without Alexis de Sart, the fate of Shuto Abe

Alexis de Sart, the metronome

Alexis de Sart, who arrived last season on loan with an option to buy from Antwerp, quickly became a sure value in the RWDM squad. A true metronome, regulator of Molenbeek’s game, he had done a lot of good for the team throughout the championship. With a complete season and his option lifted, the Liege native began his return to the elite on the same basis. Along with Dwomoh, he maintained this metronome role. A player who recovers balls but also projects forward and therefore sets the pace of the RWDM game. He is also an indestructible part of Claudio Caçapa’s tactical plan, since during the five games he has played since the start of the competition, he has only been substituted twice, each time during interruptions of play (95th in OHL and 93rd against Mechelen ). to save a little time. “He is an important player who we missed on Saturday against Cercle and who we will miss in the coming weeks,” confirms his coach.


“Alexis is an important player that we miss and will miss.”

An executive with plenty of experience

Beyond his contribution to the Molenbeekois game, Alexis de Sart also has a good dose of experience. Although we tend to forget that he is still young (he is only 26 years old), Alexis de Sart still has around 150 appearances at the top level of Belgian football. Useful experience in a team like RWDM, which is promoted to D1A this season, and which does not have many players with so much experience in its ranks. A framework too, whether on or off the field. “Because of my position on the field, which is an important position, it is something natural. I continued down this path in RWDM, arriving with status and quite a few D1A matches under my belt. “In a fairly young team that needed leaders, I accepted this role that coach Euvrard gave me and that coach Caçapa asks me to continue having, who asks a lot for the opinion of the most experienced guys in the core,” he said. he told us recently.

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One Belgian less on the scoreboard

With the obligation to register six Belgian or Belgian-trained players on the scoresheet, and after a transfer market in which quite a few foreign players arrived, RWDM is one of those clubs that must think about when to go to bed. 18 names on the match sheet. With De Sart’s absence, there is one less Belgian starter for Caçapa. A fact that must be taken into account.

Shuto Abe, they are a luxury replacement

The long absence of Alexis de Sart is obviously a big problem for Caçapa. But thanks to a fairly productive transfer window in its second half, RWDM has several players in its ranks capable of playing in this position. If Gécé does not currently seem to be in the coach’s plans, Diallo is still quite young and Kayque asks to be taken care of, Shuto Abe is his designated replacement. The Japanese, who arrived this summer from FC Tokyo, impressed many observers during the friendly match against Lyon at the end of July. Although since the beginning of the championship he had to settle for a reserve position (he came into play four times for a total of 52 minutes of play), on each occasion he has shown flashes of very good things. Despite his small size (1.71 m), he is very present in duels, never gives up and runs a lot on the field. As he demonstrated on Saturday before the Circle. “Shuto is a relief midfielder capable of offering a high volume of play with runs of 10 to 13 kilometers per game,” explains Caçapa.

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Shuto Abe already took advantage of his opportunity on Saturday against Cercle. ©belgian

He also knows how to keep the ball and use it well thanks to a good vision of the game and a passing quality that will work wonders. So many advantages that make him the best possible replacement for Alexis de Sart and the perfect complement for Dwomoh in the midfield.

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