As we draw a line under yet another transfer window, I have one question to ask…hasn’t this year gone quick?!? February already. Outrageous! But seriously, who has done the best business? There are some clubs who felt it’d be best to coach those they already have, there were those who felt they needed strengthening and those who felt maybe adding one or two could help in the long run. Nothing major.
The most high profile in my opinion included Anderlecht. In comes Ryota Morioka, Kenny Saief, Lazar Markovic and almost Aleksandar Mitrovic, but that didn’t happen in the end. And going out was the captain Sofiane Hanni. To be fair, the business Les Mauves have done has been decent. There were rumours of others coming in amongst these, but the incoming quality is for all to see.
Zulte Waregem also did well, bringing in Harbaoui, Marcq and Bongonda which has seemed to make an impact with how there has been an upturn in results. I know Bongonda hasn’t featured yet, but the confidence is there and is slowly coming back into the players with no proper outgoings too which is a bonus.
Mechelen and Antwerp always seemed busiest with players being announced regularly according to Twitter. Siani, De Laet and Pitroipa caught my eye for the Great Old, with Sylla, Tainmont and the returning Verdier doing likewise for Mechelen. The problem for Mechelen however is that their current manager didn’t sign a single one of those names. What if he doesn’t fancy any of them? It’s tough sacking a manager, but doing it nearer the end of the window? I don’t get it.
Sint-Truiden and Oostende were pretty quiet on the transfer front, especially De Kustboys. With the ownership of the club up in the air, why would Coucke spend a penny on a club he’ll be leaving in a months time? He’s sorted, along with Anderlecht, but Oostende are there and needed reinforcements if I’m honest. Smart from STVV though where they brought in a couple of faces, namely Chuba Akpom, but they’ll want to work with what they’ve got as the players have done so well and are still hungry and determined to finish the season off in style.
Mouscron were reasonably quiet with three signings, two of them on a free, as well as Charleroi, losing Lukebakio to Watford, but gaining Grange where a lot of hype has revolved around him, despite poor results recently. There’s a cluster of clubs who have signed and lost either two or three players, which you’d understand as you obviously can’t overhaul your squad in January. It’s more a case of fresh ideas instead of a fresh start.
I’ll end on Club Brugge who were annihilated by Standard last night and maybe could’ve done with this defeat on Tuesday. Without being too unkind, why is Gabulov still getting picked ahead of Vermeer. Both January signings. Some have made an impact already for Blauw-Zwart, but this 4-1 defeat is damning in all honesty. Standard looked to have moved on from Scholz already with a sparkling display, especially from Renaud Emond grabbing a hat trick, proving the cup is a fantastic outlet for Les Rouches as they aim for silverware this March!