Recruits Breaking the Goal Drought

TUESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2008, 03:58 - Renell
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Anderlecht's January recruitment drive has yielded immediate results for the club. The Mauves' goal scoring struggles was evident during the first half of the season, and Pieroni, Gillet and Vlcek have rectified this problem.

Statistics show that Anderlecht has so far been successful in returning to goal-scoring form. Since January, Anderlecht has been scoring consistently. In 7 matches (including Belgian Cup and UEFA Cup), the goal average has been 2.14 goals per match. This is in stark contrast to the June-December period, where in 27 matches there were only 1.37 goals per match.

Take away the Second Division opponents from the Belgian Cup, own-goals, and the pre-season Super Cup victory against a lacklustre Bruges, the gap increases from 2.17 goals/match since January and 1.24 from June to December. Add to this statistic is that 5 times in the first half of the season did Anderlecht fail to get in the scoresheet.

Of the 15 goals scored, 6 have come from January signings. The return from injury of Boussoufa has become like a new signing. The departure of Hassan to the African Cup has been compensated by the immediate goals and oppotunities the Moroccan midfielder creates.

All bodes well for the second half of the season.

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