Bit of an overstatement. It’s the 10th day in July and the transfer window slams shut in basically 2 months (7 weeks if you’re pedantic) but Les Zèbres have been extremely quiet on the transfer front in general. Belgium and the Pro League have been busy as a whole with signings, and my phone has slowed down recently with updates of fresh arrivals, none bigger than Ochoa at Standard Liege yesterday, but that’s another story. Amongst all the names though, Charleroi have been extremely quiet. I mean, almost silent!
Other than Núrio Fortuna, Dodi Lukebakio and Kaveh Rezaei there haven’t been any other names to talk about who have signed. I guess the positive is, unlike my Mouscron post last week where there seemed to be a revolving door, only Damien Marcq is the only one out of any note. Harbaoui was destined to go back to Anderlecht as he was temporary. I don’t know if the club realised they finished in the top 6 last term and narrowly missed out on Europe next season.
I guess the problem is that you have five clubs in European competition this coming season and out of Europe includes Standard Liege and Genk who are frankly bigger names within Belgium. Obviously if they’re not interested and you are then you, as any club, should be the front runner, but maybe Charleroi need that certain player to take them from 5th to 4th or push them further in the Beker van Belgie? With an average age of around 25, it’s not a bad age for a squad with what seems a good blend, but I don’t know. Would I be worried this coming term if I were a Sporting fan arriving at the Stade du Pays De Charleroi with the same team lining up again which played well through the season, but didn’t realize any rewards for their hard work.
Maybe I’m just writing nonsense, and majority of blog posts will probably prove that, but with Zulte Waregem, Oostende and other strengthening around you and you’re biding your time, a bad start can bring pressure, tension, worry, PANIC!?! Who knows? But a poor start going into the 1st September could push up prices and make negotiating more difficult if things don’t begin well. Before the window shuts, Charleroi play Anderlecht, Genk and Zulte Waregem. Regardless of where they’re playing, those are 3 huge matches, and Club Brugge come to town before the end of September too.
As I have stated, maybe I’m making something out of nothing? But then again, if I’ve brought it to attention, perhaps some movement, regardless of speed, could slowly be made…