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Highest paid player in Belgium now can’t even get a game

4 years ago

The hopes of Newcastle United permanently parting ways with Matz Sels aren’t looking too bright at this moment in time.

A disastrous start to the seasons had seen last season’s champions Anderlecht win only two of their first seven league games, leaving them struggling in the bottom half of the table.

Manager Rene Weiler led Anderlecht to the Belgian title and quarter-finals of the Europa League last season in his first year in charge but the Belgian club nevertheless decided to sack him at the start of the week.

Three members of the current coaching staff – Nicolas Frutos, David Sesa and Thomas Binggeli, took over team affairs on an interim basis.

Their first, and only, game in charge saw them beat Westerlo away 1-0 in the cup on Wednesday night and for that game, they left Matz Sels out, the Newcastle keeper sitting on the bench.

Sels was a big story in Belgium in the summer, as he became the highest paid player ever to play in the Belgian League after agreeing a one year loan.

The keeper’s move to Newcastle had turned into a nightmare, starting the season as number one he was dropped after conceding a soft late goal at Aston Villa in September 2017. Never getting back into the Championship side, he then was even dropped from the matchday squad once Rob Elliot got back to full fitness.

Anderlecht played in the league on Saturday away at Waasland-Beveren and won 2-1 but once again Matz Sels was left out.

Interim Coach/Manager Nicolas Frutos deciding to keep Frank Boeckx in goal once again.

The Belgian club next have a massive game coming up on Wednesday night in the Champions League, with Celtic the visitors.

Matz Sels played in the opening game of the Champions League campaign as Anderlecht lost 3-0 away to Bayern Munich but it now looks most unlikely he will play in this second game.

The loan deal is now looking to have the feel of when Tim Krul went to Ajax last season and didn’t play a single game, eventually a compromise being reached whereby he went to AZ Alkmaar in the second half of the season in order to get some games.

Interesting to see what happens with Sels and whether a similar arrangement will be found for him in January if still not first choice.


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