Aruba Player Feedback 2010-2014
Carles De Zorm (CA: 160)
I was unsure if De Zorm had the potential to become a Messi-style player, but so far his development points to just that. He has filled out and become far more agile player than I could have hoped. He has sharpened his mental approach to the game. At international level he already has 14 goals in 10 appearances, and has won a few respectable honours at club level.
The key to De Zorm’s improvement was a swift move to a club with a reputation for developing top young talent – Olympique Lyonnais. He played just 26 games at Burriana, netting 21 times, before attracting the attention of the French giants. In his first professional season he contributed three goals to Lyon’s successful Coupe De France campaign. The player hailed as being similar to Yuri Gourcuff was then shipped out to two clubs over the next three seasons. At Standard Liege in 2012 De Zorm played a part as the club finished third in the Belgian Championship Group and won the Belgian Cup, and the Aruban emphasised his affinity for his temporary employers. A year in the Lyon youth team followed before Ukraine became the fourth of De Zorm’s destinations, as he joined Dynamo Kiev for the 2013/2014 season. Here De Zorm made his Champions League debut, twice playing against Palermo. Kiev won the title by four points, De Zorm making a telling contribution with 14 goals. He again expressed his regret at leaving the club having put a first league title on his already-impressive cv.
Lyon have themselves made massive strides in recent seasons, even coming within a penalty shoot-out to winning the 2012 Champions League final against Arsenal. Over the next four seasons, will the Aruban’s ability provide the club with the extra edge needed to become a European giant? The next season should be very telling, but this should be the best £5K Lyon ever spent.
Marti Sek (CA: 100)
French Cup – 3 pts
Belgian Cup – 2 ½ pts
Ukrainian League – 7 pts (leading role)
International wins – 10 pts
International draws – 2 pts
International goals – 14 pts
International assist – 1 pt
International MoM – 4 pts
Total points – 43½
Sek did not last long in Iceland, gravitating towards the French leagues like De Zorm and Heernden. Ligue 2 Stade Lavallois snapped up the youngster after he played just 19 games for KFS, though his first appearances in France occur while on loan to fourth-tier La Vitriéenne, for whom Sek scores 4 goals and grabs 8 assists in 33 matches. In the next season he joins German unit Lübeck, impressing with five assists from the left flank. He is finally given a first-team chance the next season, though in a lower division following Lavallois’ 2013 relegation. He does not disappoint, playing 27 times, scoring once and setting up six goals. He has shown impressive development, despite only playing in lower leagues domestically.
Sek has nine caps and three assists at international level to his name, and will surely attract the attention of a larger club before too long.
Ramzi Heernden (CA: 90)
International wins – 8 pts
International draws – 1 ½ pts
International assists – 3 points
Total points – 12½
Heernden proved a loyal servant for Zacatepec, helping his club to at last reach the Mexican Promotion League in the 2012/13 season. He played 72 times in his spell in Mexico, before a £130K move to French Ligue 1 side Montpellier early on in the 2013/2014 season. The move should see Heernden continue his reasonable level of development, with the defender turning into the physical force needed for his position (gaining 10 attributes points for strength in the four years).
Heernden made his international debut in the same match as Carles De Zorm. While he has not grabbed attention in the manner of his exceptional countryman, he has 14 caps and possesses a high average rating of more than 7. There’s little doubt that he’ll play at the top level at some point in his career, and establish himself as the steel to De Zorm’s silk in the national side.
Rudi Sasko (CA: 40)
International wins – 8 pts
International draws – 2 ½ pts
Total points – 10½
Sasko is the biggest concern for Aruba, as the only Golden Generation footballer to decline in quality throughout the four years, most notably in aerial ability (down from 20 to 17). His career at Rudeš has not started, with his only career senior appearances occurring whilst on loan at non-league OSK– where he kept 16 clean sheets in 42 games. Rudeš themselves were relegated from the Croatian Second Division in Sasko’s first season, so there’s little wonder his star has fallen rather than risen.