Newcastle loan player goes from zero to hero – Video
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.
However, poor form from Matz Sels and the team overall, led to him getting dropped and not playing in the Belgian league since mid-September.
After a gap of almost six weeks without a league match, Sels was recalled on Wednesday night as Anderlecht hosted Zulte Waregem.
Matz Sels going from zero to hero, as with the match goalless, he made an excellent penalty save (watch below), giving Anderlecht the platform to go on and win the match 2-0.
This takes the reigning champions to third in the table but still nine points adrift of Club Brugge.
Hopefully this is the start of a run of games, and form, for Matz Sels.
The loan keeper has to start games if Newcastle are to have any chance of selling him, or the less likely route of having a future at St James Park.
Elsewhere, there was better news for another Newcastle player out on loan but not for his team.
Achraf Lazaar hasn’t started a Serie A game since September but was recalled on Wednesday night, as Benevento visited Cagliari.
Trailing 1-0, Benevento equalised in the fourth minute of injury time, only for Cagliari to go instantly back up the other end and score the winner.
A 90 minutes at last for Achraf Lazaar but this now means Benevento still have no points after 10 games.
Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia is also coming under increasing pressure, as they lost 3-0 to Atalanta last night, their only win in 10 matches coming against Benevento.
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