Casper Terho’s emergence could be the catalyst for Union St Gilloise title challenge

Casper Terho has burst onto the Belgian football scene in the last week. After scoring his first goal for the club against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League, the 19-year-old followed it up with two well taken goals against Kortrijk in the final game of the regular season. Union St Gilloise win over Kortrijk saw them go level with Genk at the top of the table, with Terho’s two goals being crucial.

Terho, who has been capped by the Finnish U21 side, joined Union from HJK Helsinki in January of 2023 and has made five league appearances so far. Yet his recent form could prove to be a catalyst for Union as they chase the league title. The advantage the Brussels side appear to have over Genk and Antwerp is their strength in depth. With Terho, they now have four very capable wide players, which includes Simon Adingra, Bart Nieuwkoop and Loic Lapoussin. In all areas of the pitch the side have cover, so if injuries do hit they have players that can be used to plug the gaps.

Only Adingra has hit double figures for the season in the side, showcasing how their goals come from all sources. If Terho can continue to provide an attacking threat he will certainly make the side even more dangerous in the play-offs. Union’s first game of the play-offs will be against Antwerp on the 3rd of May.

The 19-year-old is certainly one to watch, and it cannot be long before he earns a full cap for Finland’s senior team. Union have been prolific in finding talent from unlikely sources, bringing in players for relatively cheap fees and selling them on for more. If Terho continues to play like he has done in the last two games, expect to see his name linked with clubs outside of Belgium, like Victor Boniface has been.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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