As Jack Hendry powered home a last-minute winner for Oostende against KV Mechelen over the weekend, there was another Celt who should’ve been involved in the same game – Marian Shved.
Indeed, Shved is on loan with Mechelen for the season. So far he’s played 24 minutes after coming on as a sub against Genk two weeks ago. However, he’s yet to break into the starting XI just yet.
But some fans may have noticed that, for some reason, Shved wasn’t even part of the matchday squad for his new club at the weekend. Was it an injury? Was it a personal issue? Perhaps even something along the lines of a disciplinary issue?
Well, as it turns out, Shved was apparently allowed to go back home to Ukraine at the start of the week during the international break. However, there were complications for him upon his return to Belgium (HLN).
As quoted by HLN, Mechelen boss Wouter Vrancken said pre-match: “His flight was fully booked so he had to take the car to Belgium. He only arrived last night.”
Not ideal for a player trying to break into the starting XI
For a player who has yet to break into the Mechelen team, you wonder whether this was the right move by Shved to head back home.
Yes, it’s normal for players to take a break during an international break when they haven’t been selected by their countries. However, it’s also not uncommon for players to put in some extra training sessions in a bid to impress their manager.
Managers don’t tend to look too favourably on players who miss games because of travel reasons. It’s not ideal, and the player himself may have made his challenge of breaking into the Mechelen side even harder. Missing preparation sessions in training and then ultimately the game isn’t great, and the fact Mechelen lost it doesn’t help either.
Of course, he does have a big fan in his current manager. Vrancken, speaking in comments published by the Daily Record after he signed the Celtic youngster, said: “Let’s be honest here, Marian Shved is an outstanding talent who would not normally choose to play for a club like Mechelen.”
So he’s clearly highly rated by the Mechelen boss, and that should ultimately lead to plenty of minutes throughout the course of the season.
But until he’s a regular in that starting XI, he may want to think about wrapping up those trips back home to Ukraine. This is a big year for the winger, and he has to make the most of it if he’s to have any future at Celtic Park.
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