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Malik Tillman shines as PSV draws closer to Eredivisie title

PSV is on the verge of clinching the Eredivisie title after Malik Tillman’s Man of the Match showing Thursday night in Heerenveen.

Tillman scored twice and assisted once as PSV rolled past SC Heerenveen 8-0 to move 12 points clear atop the league table. The U.S. men’s national team midfielder logged 90 minutes in the match while fellow USMNT attacker Ricardo Pepi played 12 minutes off the bench.

Sergino Dest, who is ruled out of action for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury, was honored prematch with PSV wearing No. 8 jerseys.

Guus Til opened the scoring for Peter Bosz’s men in the seventh minute, picking up a pass from Tillman before slotting home a right-footed effort.

Tillman’s ninth minute header extended PSV’s lead to 2-0 before the Bayern Munich loanee drilled a low shot two minutes later for a 3-0 advantage. It marked Tillman’s first multi-goal performance of the season for the Dutch leaders.

Til would add his second goal of the first half before Joey Veerman made it 5-0 ahead of the interval.

PSV kept its foot on the gas in the second half with Johan Bakayoko, Luuk De Jong, and Patrick Van Aanholt all scoring goals of their own.

Tillman, 21, led all players in chances created (2), duels won (7), and fouls drawn (4). He now has nine goals and 16 assists this season across all competitions.

PSV can clinch the league title at home on Sunday vs. Sparta Rotterdam.


  1. What a year for him. 8 goals and 10 assists in the Eredivisie. 3 more games to go. Might start on that RW if Weah drops to RB. Which would be a good fit considering Tillman drifts more inside and Weah could overlap.

      • I wouldn’t mind that at all tbh, and it’s because of one of the things you mentioned above which is we have players that like to pinch inside from the wing in our set up, or they are just naturally inclined to do so. The only out and out winger we have is Weah, so slotting him at RB or even RWB works. At 3 man backline also gives us the added bonus of playing Weah at RWB, playing a combination of Adams, McKennie, Musah or Jonny as the double pivots, Reyna or Tillman underneath and finally, any combination of CP, FB, JS or HW as the 2 attackers up top in a 5-2-1-2(or 3-4-1-2)

      • Not a bad idea, but not something I don’t think would work well. Tillman is a #10, so right now, he slots in behind Reyna and comes off the bench. If Tillman, lines up on the RW, he does not stretch the opposing D, he does not stay wide, he is not enough of a threat as a 1v1 dribbler, and he and Gio would get in each other’s way.

        Weah will most likely line up as the RW.

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