Matz Sels was the first signing Rafa Benitez made in summer 2016 and also one of the first to leave this summer.

The goalkeeper joining Belgian champions Anderlecht on a one year loan, in the process becoming the highest paid player to ever play in the Belgian league.

The league season kicks off early in Belgium and from late July until the international break, Anderlecht played five league matches.

The champions not getting off to a great start, four points from the first two matches before defeats to Charleroi (2-0) and Sint-Truiden (3-2), with a 0-0 draw against Sels’ former club Gent just before the break.

After only five points from the opening five games, Anderlecht returned to action this weekend at home to Lokeren and picked up a 3-2 win, though they still remain in the bottom half of the table.

However, the resumption of league action saw Matz Sels left out, with 30 year old Frank Boeckx starting instead – he was a free transfer from Antwerp two years ago.

It will be interesting to see whether this was simply a case of looking after Matz Sels as they have their opening Champions League group game on Tuesday night, the small matter of a trip to Bayern Munich!

Hopefully the Newcastle keeper starts, as it is only by playing in these kind of games that he can get a level of form going, that can either help Newcastle to sell him, or the less likely route of having a future at St James Park.