SIEBE SCHRIJVERS (Racing Genk, Belgium)
Position: Secondary Striker / Attacking Midfielder / Left winger / Right winger
2016/17 stats (until January on loan at Waasland-Beveren): 46 games (6 in Europa League) (3631minutes) – 9 goals – 15 assists – 7 yellow cards – 0 red cards
Siebe Schrijvers is one of the most versatile and talented attacking players that operates in the Belgian Jupiler League and he led the ranking for most assists pretty much throughout the entire 2016/17 campaign. This last season saw him performing at a constantly high level and he ended the campaign with 9 goals and 15 assists.
At the tender age of 21 Schrijvers already has vast senior experience and during this last campaign he played 46 games for Waasland-Beveren and since January back for his parent club Racing Genk. Schrijvers spent the second part of the previous campaign and the first half of the last one on loan at Waasland-Beveren, there he was the main star up front, and thanks to his constantly solid displays he was recalled back to Genk in the winter, where he finished the season in sizzling form. Schrijvers even played in 6 Europa League games for Genk this spring and he is quickly gaining the trust of pretty much every manager that sees him on the training ground.
Siebe Schrijvers is an extremely versatile player that loves to play behind the main target man or down the wings, which makes him suitable for all sorts of formations and tactical plans. His natural instinct to create chances makes him a very popular player amongst his teammates and Schrijvers is showing great crossing abilities, but also excellent penetrating passes through the middle.
On top of all that his natural predator’s instinct inside the box is well known too and he gets on the scoresheet often enough. Schrijvers not only assists for goals and scores them, but he is very lively throughout the games and in the space of 90 minutes one can see him operating down both flanks, right behind the centre forward, in midfield or even as a target man if that is needed. With so many tactical tasks coming easy for Schrijvers and with age on his side he is expected only to be getting better and better. A smart coach will always find a role for a player of his calibre in his squad.
As stated above Schrijvers is already very experienced for his tender age and as of the end of the 2016/17 season he already has played in 130 senior games in Belgium in which he managed to score 20 goals and also provided 22 assists. What these stats don’t tell is that Siebe Schrijvers is actually creating over 4.2 scoring chances per match since his return to Genk in January and this comes to show that he is maturing really fast.