A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Anderlecht doing some smart and quick business. The season wasn’t finished and some of the signings were looking decent. They still are to be honest. But then a day after I published that post they’d signed Musona and Milic from Oostende and then my opinion changed. It was like a scattergun/lets raid Marc Coucke’s old club approach and then it didn’t look all that. Obviously I could be wrong again, but on the face of it right now, I have to say Club Brugge are signing quality and early.
I’ve always been a fan of getting players in early so that they can get a full pre season. It’s not always the case cause of medicals, negotiations etc, but if possible, integrate them ASAP! What I like most is that two of my favourite players in the Pro League have joined the champions and that’s what top clubs in their league need to do. Not farm players and just bring them in unfairly, but plan for the future and with that, add the quality that’s better than what you have, or could be better.
Mats Rits and Siebe Schrijvers are two of my favourite players in Belgium and both deserve the opportunity to progress. I’m probably incorrect, but is Rits the long term replacement for Vormer? Is Schrijvers the delayed replacement for Izquierdo? On a side note, last season’s success shows how well the club reacted to the loss of a quality player, whereas Anderlecht couldn’t cope with Tielemans leaving. But the youth and quality coming in is a sign of real progress on all fronts. You obviously have Groeneveld who could be a gem once his raring to go.
I guess the main business will have to be in goal. The manager and fans look undecided on all options. How Gabulov is in the Russia squad I don’t know. I like Horvath but I’m sure others don’t and so on… I love Vermeer and whether he’ll become permanent we don’t know. I’d also say another centre back personally, but the rest of the squad looks set. You have competition up front, youth on each flank and the biggest worry is keeping hold of Cools and Limbombe long term.
Obviously the other bonus is having Champions League football next season. As I typed that, a thought came into my head about why not try and bring Chuba Akpom back to Belgium? But with having that, you could sign good players on loan from top clubs who may be considered as ‘fringe players’ or carry on down this route of signings the star players from decent clubs. Both good options and could prove a good idea in building a squad for the league, cup and especially Europe. We saw how badly Belgian clubs did in Europe last season (all two of them) and maybe that was down to lack of depth rather than lack of quality.
This already looks exciting to me and Blauw-Zwart and there’s still plenty of time left. Leko can only get better (you’d think) and this upcoming season is the real test as retaining a title is usually more difficult than winning it. Club Brugge haven’t done that since 1978-78. Could the club not only do it, but continuously rebuild itself and have a dynasty under such a youthful coach? There’s still baby steps but it’s certainly not impossible, and longevity is tested through recruitment more than anything in football!