Despite a terrible run of results, Matz Sels has been getting decent reports.

On loan at Anderlecht, they are having a bit of a nightmare season, third in the league but actually 14 points behind leaders Club Brugge.

Though he had conceded nine goals conceded in his last four appearances, little blame had been attached to the Newcastle keeper.

However, despite making a very good save against Sint-Truiden at the weekend, he was very definitely blamed for letting in this poor effort (watch below).

A long range effort from an angle, Matz Sels appeared to think it was going wide, and dived, but made no attempt at a save.

This led to a 1-0 defeat and only one league win since Boxing Day.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was of course set to return on loan on January window deadline day to help his old team, only for the cash-strapped Belgian club to have to stop the move at the last minute because an outgoing transfer failed.

Mitro would have taken over the mantle of best ever paid player in the Belgian league but Matz Sels retains that title for now.

Mitrovic made his first start for Fulham at the weekend and impressed, so hopefully we will see more of that between now and the end of the season to help him get a permanent deal somewhere, or impress Rafa Benitez enough to give him a chance…

Matz Sels is once again at last getting regular football now after being often left out early in his time at Anderlecht, he has now played 19 of the 27 league matches for Anderlecht so far.

The end of the season is set to see a lot more wheeling and dealing for Rafa Benitez and hopefully he can offload the players he doesn’t see a future for.

Though as always, shifting the likes of Sels and Mitrovic could prove troublesome, with the pair brought in from the weak and budget Belgian league and currently on wages that make it prohibitive for clubs in such a league to ever bring them back permanently.



  • ghostrider

    I’m not really interested. I certainly don’t want him back at Newcastle. Good luck in wherever he ends up.

  • thewildchimp

    To me it seems like he wasn’t balanced properly and fell. Maybe slipped. With Rafa’s supposedly high standards I don’t really see how he ended up in Newcastle. Dubravka, on the other hand – I don’t get how he wasn’t the first choice on his previous jobs.

  • mactoon

    Never rated him and he appeared to be Rafa’s choice so what the hell was that about. Why we offer big wages to unproven players like this is beyond me.

  • Andy Mac

    Another of Rafa’s duff buys. Let’s face it he may be a great man manager and equally capable of organising a team to compete with the very best but when it comes to buying players…………………………………