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5 things we learned from Matchday 1

Deni DelevComment

1. The top teams had a very good transfer period

Could Purje be the signing of the season? (foto: jkkalju.ee)

Could Purje be the signing of the season? (foto: jkkalju.ee)

While waiting to announce their top signings till the last hours of the transfer deadline, some of these signings might prove to be the game changers. Flora already used Jääger and Kams in their win over Viljandi, Smishko played an important part in Narva’s opening win, Purje and Vosko were outstanding in Nõmme’s demolition of Tammeka and we can just impatiently wait till Lindpere, Pareiko et al. start playing as well.

2. Pärnu and Viljandi are still not ready to take on the high-flyers

After finishing third and fifth last season in Esiliiga, respectively, no one maybe expected the teams from South and West Estonia to fight for the title, but from what we could see in the first round, they are few classes behind the others. Both teams had a lot of changes in the squads and maybe over time they will get better, but at this point, they could just hope for losses with lower goal difference.

Sander Post's quality not enough to keep Viljandi up (foto: FC Flora FB)

Sander Post's quality not enough to keep Viljandi up (foto: FC Flora FB)

3. The teams from Eastern Estonia should be taken seriously

Both Sillamäe and Narva started with convincing wins. Maybe their opponents weren’t the most difficult ones, but the title contenders will definitely have problems against these two teams, especially when playing on their ground.

Smishko, Jahhimovitš et al. are certainly cause of concern for the top teams (foto: JK Narva Trans FB page)

Smishko, Jahhimovitš et al. are certainly cause of concern for the top teams (foto: JK Narva Trans FB page)

4. The future is bright for Tammeka led by Tiirik

A 3-0 loss doesn’t really show that, but the balance on the pitch proved differently. Playing at Hiiu will be a difficult task for everyone, but the youngsters of Tammeka (led by few experienced players like Tiirik and Hurt) showed some nice touches and certain creativity. As the season goes on, we can expect them to blend even better and see even more attractive football from them.

Will it be all smiles for Tammeka this season? (foto: Tammeka FB page)

Will it be all smiles for Tammeka this season? (foto: Tammeka FB page)

5. Coming back home might kickstart the career of the former Estonian internationals

New chance for Jääger to kickstart his career again (foto: FC Flora TV)

New chance for Jääger to kickstart his career again (foto: FC Flora TV)

While playing at a higher level and feeling constant pressure for a position in the team has its own benefits, it could cause some players to underperform. Such was the case with many Estonian international players who decided to come back home in an attempt to restart their careers. Jääger still has a lot to give to the national team. Pareiko, even though ready to give his place to the younger ones, can still be an example for them. Playing every week could be just what these players need to stay in shape, and possibly score yet another contract somewhere abroad in near future.