The winter break is coming, and with it the January transfer window. But before, it’s time to take stock, halfway, of the transfer window of each club. And side Anderlecht, we can say that success is waiting for you!
Peter Verbeke and Vincent kompany had a real work site ahead of them last summer – a work site which also began with the skimming of the core, which will not be mentioned here – and had to compensate for many departures: Albert Sambi Lokonga towards Arsenal, Landry Dimata towards Espanyol, the (very) numerous returns of loans as well as the departures of several players lacking playing time (Zulj, Vlap, Cobbaut …). The eleven at the start of the season was nothing like that of last season, with the risk that this brings: how were these recruits going to adapt? Were they all going to win? Small balance sheet player by player …
Colin Coosemans: no playing time, no surprises
It was one of the more “anecdotal” arrivals: after the departures of Timon Wellenreuther and Werner Hahn, Anderlecht were looking for a goalkeeper n ° 3 and found him in the person of Colin Coosemans. Experienced, free and Belgian, he ticked all the boxes. His role, however, did not play a single minute of play. Even if Van Crombrugge had to give up his place for one reason or another, it is rather Bart Verbruggen who will replace him.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis, surprisingly dismissed
The arrival of a 19-year-old center-back on loan from Manchester City was a bit of a surprise given the abundance of players in the post at Neerpede. Corn Taylor Harwood-Bellis established himself as the holder from the start of the season, with ups and downs but no really catastrophic performance. He was then the victim of a quarantine in return for selection from which Lisandro Magallan took advantage, and has so far been discarded in a somewhat surprising way. Not a failure, however, and a solid option for Kompany, although it is regrettable that this role does not fall under a Zeno Debast.
Wesley Hoedt, le patron
Wesley Hoedt has taken its marks over the meetings and is now a staple in Vincent Kompany’s 11. His long crosses to break the lines, his offensive as defensive head game and his fiery interventions allow him to take the role of boss of the defense which remained a little vacant since … the retirement of Kompany himself. Hoedt hasn’t missed a minute this season and it should continue.
Lisandro Magallan will still have to convince
His loan was a bit urgent: after the departure of Elias Cobbaut (who did not raise many eyebrows) and, above all, the heavy injury of Hannes Delcroix, Anderlecht ended his transfer window with the arrival of a reinforcement in defense. Lisandro Magallan remained on a full season in Serie A but Ajax remained unconvinced by the Argentine bought 9 million. And Magallan has not yet convinced in Anderlecht either: holder since the end of November, he multiplied the errors in his debut. He however established himself as a certainty in the eyes of Kompany, and has since rectified the situation, without being flamboyant for all that. Will he gain strength? The future will tell …
Sergio Gomez, the solid gold pickaxe
Not only the best transfer in the Anderlecht transfer window, but perhaps the most successful in the Pro League transfer window: € 1.5 million for Sergio Gomez, it is given, and the RSC Anderlecht will touch the jackpot on resale. And on a sporting level too, it is Bank : From his left-back position, which he did not occupy before signing for Anderlecht, Gomez is the club’s most prolific offensive player, goals and assists combined. A machine with overflows and millimeter centers, technically above the rest, not always flawless defensively but far from being catastrophic. What is he doing in Belgium? We wonder every week.
Kristoffer Olsson begins to seduce
On paper, he was a hell of a blow: holder in the Swedish team and therefore quarter-finalist of the Euro, Kristoffer Olsson has the elegance expected of an Anderlecht player, and came to be the “new Sambi”. We quickly became disillusioned as the styles are not very comparable: Olsson has not yet taken the habit of breaking the lines with crosses, and lack of sharpness. From ghostly, he has however become much more consistent in recent weeks, to the point that we will not see him coming out of the eleven anytime soon. There is still a little something missing to justify the 4 million placed on him.
Benito Raman, the surprising darling
The most surprising arrival of the transfer window, and yet the former Ghent (and former Liège!) Quickly established himself as a public favorite. Hyperactive, scorer from the start of the season (including in Europe), become supersub with aplomb once back on the bench, Benito Raman is a luxury wildcard, and a surprisingly successful transfer. His time as holder arrives with the CAN as soon as the resumption …
Christian Kouamé can do better
Of the three offensive rookies of the RSCA, he is perhaps the least convincing, and yet he already has 8 goals in 17 games. Holder alongside Zirkzee, Christian Kouame sometimes seems awkward, and not necessarily compatible with Dutch. He lacks fluidity in the finishing zone and can totally miss some matches. Yet Kouamé remains confident and works hard; we cannot speak of failure, far from it. His absence from the African Cup will be felt.
Joshua Zirkzee, the diamond to be polished
On loan from Bayern Munich, Joshua Zirkzee took a little while before breaking this image of nonchalant giftedness that we quickly stuck to him. It must be said that the Dutchman has a style that can please as well as annoy, but one thing is certain: talent, he has it, and a sense of goal as well. Very complete, it can also be transformed into a passer when necessary and its combinations with the small Anderlecht formats are a treat. The new Nmecha? One thing is certain, he will not stay longer at the club than his predecessor and will also leave a big void.