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This time last year, Willem II consolidated a Europa League spot with a draw against Utrecht in the Eredivisie.

Flash forward 12 months and a humiliating 6-0 home defeat against the same opposition means relegation looks a sickening inevitability for a side that finished fifth last season.

Willem II are nine points adrift of safety with 12 games to go.

And, when you consider a six-goal thrashing at the hands of Utrecht came just days after Feyenoord put five past the beleaguered Tilburgers, it’s clear things are heading in only one direction.

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A penny for Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye’s thoughts, then.

In September, Voetbal Primeur reported the Belgian U21 international had played his way on to the radar of Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers after a brilliant breakthrough season at the heart of Willem II’s midfield.

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Remarkably enough, Tresor has produced more assists this season (seven) than he did last term (six).

But with Willem II conceding a staggering 53 goals in 22 matches – the second-worst tally in the division – Tresor’s creative capabilities continue to be undermined by shoddy defending.

It’s hard to imagine a player with such natural talent and potential taking to the field against Helmond Sport, Volendam and co in the Eerste Divisie next term. If, or more likely when, Willem II go down their £7 million talisman is unlikely to stick around.

However, Tresor’s chances of a move to one of Europe’s major leagues will hardly have been helped by Willem II’s rapid decline from Champions League hopefuls to relegation certainties.

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