Bryan Heynen celebrated his 250th game for Genk with a goal and man of the match performance as the league leaders picked up all three points against OH Leuven. Heynen opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, only for an OH Leuven penalty to be dispatched by former Fulham academy midfielder Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson. This was the Icelandic internationals ninth league goal of the season. Genk left it late, with Mike Tresor’s winner coming in the 87th minute. This was the Belgian winger’s ninth goal of the season as well, going alongside his league leading 18 assists.
Heynen has spent his entire career with Genk, making his debut in the 2015/2016 season. Since then he has won the league, domestic cup and the domestic super cup. His goal against OH leuven means he has now scored 26 times for the club, with an equal number of assists. Despite bursting on to the scene at a young age, the midfielder has never been capped by the national team at senior level. He played for the U21 12 times, but has not been able to make the step up.
This is perhaps unfortunate circumstances for Heynen, as he has been coming into his prime when the golden generation was still very much active. Despite his strong domestic season for the league leaders, Domenico Tedesco did not include him in his first Red Devil’s squad.