I didn’t think I’d have any consistency with a transfer roundup in Belgium. I originally began writing a blog regarding this because it was a stop gap. But, in a week where I was scratching around waiting for this blog post in a ‘slow’ week, even though there have been transfers, fireworks were let off in the dugouts of 2 of the biggest clubs in the country.
Firstly, Ivan Leko made himself back at home in Brugge, and then yesterday it was announced Ricardo Sa Pinto would also make himself back at home, but in Liege. With these 2 hirings, and with Sint Truiden on the search for a new boss, this must mean more names are on the way into the JPL?
This week there were 12 transfers involving Pro League sides, with Zulte Waregem being the busiest with a ‘one in one out’ system by the looks of it. Then again, it may just be a come and buy me plea to Kortrijk who have taken Bryan Verboom and Christophe Lepoint, both moving to the Guldensporenstadion. Verboom will surely replace Joáozinho who has gone back home to Portugal with Tondela.
But back to Zulte Waregem, with those 2 leaving, Ben Reichert and Nill De Pauw have been brought in. With Europa League football next season, maybe buying from Hapoel Tel Aviv and Guingamp respectively, players will be more battled hardened, as well as signing from different, yet, competitive leagues could bring other options to the side.
Other deals that were notable to me involved Fabien Antunes moving from Oostende to Sint Truiden, the last deal before Leko departed. And Ryota Morioka. A Japanese midfielder that Waasland Beveren signed from Śląsk Wrocław in Poland (I added the accents and letters for effect). He performed reasonably well averaging just under a goal every 3 matches in the season and a half he was over there, which I think is pretty decent, and may hopefully hit the ground running like the fantastic Yuya Kubo.
Lastly, one deal which slipped under the radar was the Orel Mangala switch from Anderlecht to Stuttgart. He was on loan at Borussia Dortmund but has now moved permanently to Stuttgart. I bring this deal up because he must have quality, by why not in Rene Weiler’s plans? Anyway, more next week I’m sure (hopefully).