Season 2021: July
An Overview Of Peimari United In July 2021
"We had one trophy in the bag but after a horrendous run of form, we were left in a tender position in the league. We knew that some drastic improvement was required for us to bounce back and to remain in contention for the title. We were hoping that signing a top player would make the difference."
Peimari United Signed Guido Claeys While Three Players Were Loaned Out
Our one signing was discussed in the previous update. Guido Claeys joined the club as one of Belgium's hottest young talents in the game. The eighteen year old striker had already scored thirty senior goals for FC Bolton Bolts, in just fifty-six appearances, and was set to reinvigorate our side with his quality and mentality. A brilliant acquisition.
Three players left the club on loan. The first was youngster Cleiton Vieira, who joined PKKU for the remainder of the season. PKKU were playing in Kakkonen, and offered a starting role for Vieira. Striker Antti Pokela joined Kakkonen side Atlantis FC for the rest of the season. The arrival of Claeys pushed Pokela to being fourth-choice striker, and the loan was an opportunity for him to keep his match legs. Johannes Mononen soon joined him at Atlantis. We had five central defenders in the senior squad, Mononen was at the bottom of the pecking order. It made sense.
Peimari United Started July Very Brightly But Saw Their Good Form Fizzle Out
It went from good to bad. We recovered from last month well with three back-to-back wins, narrowly beating TPS, SJK and AC Oulu on the way. FIFK frustrated us at HakkisPaana in a goalless draw, before we bounced back by demolishing IFK Mariehamn away from home to the tune of 6-1. Unfortunately, our form dipped once again as we slipped to draws against VPS and FC Lahti before being demolished 3-0 away to FC Inter Turku to end the month poorly.
Player of the Month
Riku Sjöroos Was Peimari United's Star Player During July 2021
Riku Sjöroos was our hero in July. The left-sided inside forward scored four goals in a month full of ups and downs, and his goals proved to be crucial in earning us some invaluable points. Sjöroos certainly bounced back from his injury set-back at the end of last season, cementing his place as an integral part of our squad once again.
Riku Sjöroos' Monthly Stats
PotM Awards: 1
Fouls Committed: 8 (1.14 per game)
Fouls Against: 6 (0.86 per game)
Yellow Cards: 1
Red Cards: 0
Shots On Target Ratio: 60% (9/15)
Dribbles Completed: 3 (0.43 per game)
Key Passes: 6 (0.86 per game)
Pass Completion Ratio: 79.87% (127/159)
Headers Won: 11 (1.57 per game)
Average Rating: 7.27
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (5/5)
Interceptions: 3 (0.43 per game)
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Wage: €240 p/w
Peimari United Climbed Back To The Top Of The Table Despite Blip In Form
We were in a much better position than we were in a month ago. Our first five games of July saw us in incredible form, and this boosted our title hopes. However, we were wary of the teams behind us. A number of teams had games-in-hand due to European football commitments. HJK were still favourites to win the league, particularly with new manager Sami Valakari at the helm. We knew we would need to push them as hard as we could to earn the league title. They were the favourites, but we were a force to be reckoned with too.
Peimari United Were To Play Five Games In August
We were edging towards the business end of the league season. Each game brought more and more pressure from the fans and the media. August was set to be a majorly important month for us in our pursuit for the title. RoPS and SJK were set to be our toughest opponents in August, but we knew we couldn't switch off the tap for a second. It was all or nothing for the players.
| He is one of the brightest prospects in the game, and we were lucky to get him!
| Sooner rather than later, I hope!
| Somebody will have to move on to accommodate for Claeys in the squad, but that's football.
| Whether he stays and performs well or is sold for a big fee, I don't really mind. We're delighted with the capture, which will only be a positive for us!
| Thank you Jock.
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