Helmond Sport: Team Focus
Helmond’s expected line-up for the upcoming season
Today Voetbal International analyses Wilfred Bouma’s Helmond Sport. In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at Helmond’s starting line-up for the coming season, and all the players that feature in the line-up.
Wout van der Steen (GK)
A player for the future: this young goalkeeper, only 23 years old, has the potential to become a decent keeper for Eredivisie sides. His strong points are his great reflexes and his great composure at one-on-ones. Van der Steen hasn’t represented the Netherlands in any youth teams, but that is mostly down to the quality of other keepers.
The Dutch keeper came through the youth ranks at PSV, but he was deemed not good enough. In 2006, he joined Helmond Sport, where he was the second goalie for a couple of seasons. Two seasons ago marked his breakthrough, as he played a total of 32 matches in Helmond’s first team. Since then he’s made huge steps forward, and now Eredivisie clubs are after him, but Bouma has already indicated he doesn’t want to sell him.
Charles Kazlauskas (RB)
One of the most experienced players Helmond Sport has, with 277 games in the Eredivisie and the Jupiler League. Kazlauskas was born in America, but he started his career in Holland, at NEC. For NEC, he only played 11 matches. In 2005 he took a step back and moved from the Eredivisie to the Jupiler League, where he joined FC Oss. 5 years back, Helmond picked him up and he’s been a constant first team player for them every season. The American 30-year-old, who has scored 26 goals in his 277 games, is a player with extraordinary natural fitness and good positioning and off-the-ball qualities.
Ferry de Regt (RCB)
A prime example of the VVV-Helmond Sport affiliation: De Regt was not a starting eleven player at VVV, so the club decided to sell him to Helmond Sport. Born in Venlo, De Regt has played for VVV almost his whole life before going to Helmond Sport, joining the club from Limburg when he was only 11 years old. The Dutch defender is Bouma’s captain, and it is understandable why: De Regt has played 138 matches, more than half of those in the Eredivisie. The 24-year-old is arguably the best defender Helmond has, due to his good heading and teamwork. De Regt has the potential to be key in Helmond’s fight for promotion this year, both defensively and offensively.
Koen Weuts (LCB)
The youngest player in Helmond’s back line, but at 22 he has almost played 100 matches in professional football. Weuts is a Belgian player, and he started his career at the Belgian amateur club Lyra. He didn’t make his debut there, but Jupiler Pro League team Lierse picked him up and after they got relegated to the Second Division, he made his debut there. At OH Leuven, his real breakthrough followed, and Weuts played 87 matches in the Second Division and the Jupiler Pro League. Last season, he made the step abroad and moved to Helmond Sport, where he has thus far impressed with his fitness and heading. This means Helmond Sport have two centre-backs – De Regt and Weuts – who are both capable of heading the ball well.
Joey Brock (LB)
One of Helmond’s few amateur players, Brock is a mentally and physically strong player, who joined the club last summer. The Dutch left-back, who can also play on the right, joined from FC Den Bosch, where he played 39 matches in 2 seasons. Before that, he played at RBC, NEC and Vitesse. But he never made his debut for NEC or Vitesse, so he has never played in the Eredivisie. Challenging Brock for a first-team spot is young and talented Gilian Justiana, but at the moment, Brock is Helmond’s number one at left-back.
Marcel Meeuwis (CDM)
The first signing Wilfred Bouma made as the Helmond Sport manager is the experienced Dutch midfielder Marcel Meeuwis. Meeuwis, who plays in a deep role on the midfield, has played 20 games in the Bundesliga – for Borussia Mönchengladbach – and he’s also played 157 games in the Eredivisie for respected clubs like Feyenoord, Roda JC and VVV-Venlo. Besides playing in Germany and Holland, Meeuwis played one season for Melbourne Heart, in the Australian A-League. The 32-year-old is a player with great leadership, but he can also be aggressive, resulting in him picking up many, maybe too many, yellow cards.
Arne van Geffen (CM)
Arguably the biggest talent in the Jupiler League, Van Geffen is only 19 years old, and last year he made his debut for Helmond Sport after three seasons without a game. The Dutch midfielder joined the Jupiler League outfit from affiliate VVV in 2010, where the chances on playing time were slim. Van Geffen quickly developed in Helmond Sport’s youth team, and he impresses with his great fitness and vision. Points he has to improve on are his teamwork and leadership, something every good central midfielder should have.
Marc Koot (RAM)
Koot is a skillful and quick winger who is only 22 years old, so he has the potential to become an even better player for Jupiler League means. Koot made a name for himself in the Jupiler League at FC Oss, a club he joined after playing amateur football. At FC Oss, he played 49 games in two seasobs, scoring 9 goals but also making attacking moves resulting in dangerous situations. After those two strong seasons at Oss, Helmond snapped him up for free.
Davy Brouwers (CAM)
One of Helmond’s best players, this playmaker was the club’s top scorer last season, scoring 14 goals in 36 matches. Brouwers is a Belgian player, and 25 years of age. After playing in the Second Division, KRC Genk picked him up, but there he didn’t play a single match in his two seasons at the club. The club let go of him, and he joined Second League club Lommel United. Five seasons and 40 goals later, he joined Helmond Sport, where he is a great player to watch. Brouwers’ strong points are his accurate free kicks and his good work rate.
Stanley Elbers (LAM)
There’s Koot on the right, and there’s Elbers on the left. They’re both good and pacey wingers, who make Helmond a very strong team on counter-attacks. Besides his pace, Elbers also has great fitness and his first touches are always good. The 22-year-old can also play on the right, but he prefers the left wing. Before joining Helmond last season, Elbers played for Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag. There, he played 20 matches in four seasons, but these appearances were mostly from the bench. The Dutch winger could be one of Helmond’s best players this campaign, together with Davy Brouwers.
Serhat Koç (ST)
Completing Helmond’s solid attack is 23-year-old striker Koç. The former FC Eindhoven player, who possesses a Turkish and a Dutch passport, joined Helmond Sport last season after a successful spell at FC Eindhoven, where he scored 24 goals in 79 matches. Koç was once a very promising player in his first spell at FC Eindhoven, where he made his debut when he was only 17 years old. He went on to score 19 goals in 47 games, and then he was bought by Eredivisie side FC Groningen. He couldn’t make a mark there though, scoring no goals in 12 appearances. In 2010 he went back to Eindhoven, before going to Helmond 4 years later.