It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Matz Sels has no future at Newcastle United.

One of the few transfer mistakes Rafa Benitez has made, the goalkeeper never looked up to it after arriving for around £6m in Summer 2016.

Whereas Martin Dubravka oozed confidence and came for high balls to relieve pressure on his defence against Manchester United on his debut, instead Matz Sels really struggled on both counts even in the Championship.

Returning to Belgium on a season’s loan, the keeper became the best paid player in the history of their domestic league. It was assumed that there was little/no prospect of a permanent move to Anderlecht due to the English style wages Matz Sels is on – but now that may well have changed..

Anderlecht have had a nightmare season despite being third in the table, they are 14 points off the top of the table and the fans aren’t happy.

Though as it happens, Matz Sels is one of the few players who hasn’t got the blame for a poor showing this season and now Anderlecht are reported to want him to stay.

In Belgium, DH have published a piece about new Billionaire owner Marc Coucke.

They say that their information is that the new Anderlecht boss has put together major plans to restore the club to former glories and will finance a significant number of arrivals this summer, as the club also move on a number of players.

DH say that Marc Coucke wants to clear out all the loan players apart from one.

The likes of Lazar Markovic will head back to Liverpool but the new Anderlecht owner wants to buy and keep Matz Sels at the club, to be one of the main men in his rebuilding programme.

Rafa Benitez found it difficult to move on unwanted players last Summer and in January, as well as bringing in the ones he wanted. It would be a big help if the Newcastle boss can top up his transfer funds with cash from the likes of Sels, Mitrovic, Mbemba and others in the next transfer window.

Meanwhile, Matz Sels has also been talking about his future to the Belgian media and he says he is open to staying at Anderlecht long-term and adds, he would find it very difficult if he had to return to Newcastle.

With both Elliot and Darlow preferred to Matz Sels and neither of those deemed good enough by Rafa Benitez to be a Premier League number one, it is obvious that Sels has to get a permanent move elsewhere.

Matz Sels speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws:

“I have not been with Anderlecht for very long but it has indeed been hectic.

“The results are disappointing and only one thing counts here, being champions, logical for a club that already has 34 titles.

“Three out of fifteen points from the last five match days is not enough for a club like Anderlecht.

“I am open to a conversation (to sign permanently for Anderlecht).

Newcastle paid a lot of money and want to recoup some of that.

“Returning to Newcastle would be difficult.”



  • Rich Lawson

    Another billionaire owner who knows little about football (see mackem’s post) and he wants Sels. Can only be good for us,especially if there is actually a fee involved ?

  • steve

    One of the few transfer mistakes? That’s playing it down a bit.

    • anyobrien

      #rafa oot eh

    • MadMag83

      This club has a great tradition of transfer mistakes.

  • robbersdog

    I’d completely forgotten about this guy.

  • Andy Mac

    “One of the few transfer mistakes Rafa Benitez has made, the goalkeeper
    never looked up to it after arriving for around £6m in Summer 2016”

    Er Lazaar, Gamez, Hanley, Manquillo and Joselu havent pulled up any trees ? .We all love our manager but let’s not start going down the “Rafa walks on water” route. He’s fallible and his purchases over the years are possibly 50-50. For every Alonso there’s an Aquilani.

    • Down Under Mag

      Rafa gets transfers wrong, but what he has done is always break even in the market. He will get some very wrong but some very right. No manager is 100% in the transfer market…and when you look at what Rafa has been working with then it’s amazing he’s batting at as high an average as he is. Joselu was a waste BUT when you only give a manager 5m to spend on a striker to score goals at premiership level its always going to be a gamble.

      I remember a lot of clangers that a certain “infalable” Ferguson dropped at Man Utd…and for a lot more money than what Rafa has been allowed to spend on players. Veron anyone??

    • MadMag83

      Gamez has played at the highest level with Atletico Madrid, just unfortunate with injuries. Lazaar and Sels were relatively cheap signings bought with future potential in mind. Hanley was only ever a Championship squad player. Manquillo and Joselu are manifestations of a shoe string budget. That’s not me saying that Rafa doesn’t make mistakes, but they have to be viewed within the context of which they are made.

    • Paul Smith

      Most of those players cost peanuts (£2-3) million bracket with the exception of Hanley and Joselu. And I wouldn’t really call Gamez, Lazaar, Hanley etc. mistakes.. They were bought to bulk up our squad in the championship. With hindsight they turned out not to be needed that season. But not signing them would have been a mistake… A few injuries and no squad cover and we could have been stuck in the championship for another year.

      Benitez was forced into signing Joselu because our tight owner didn’t get the deals done for earlier targets because he didn’t want to spend any money and the transfer window was closing.

      Gamez has constantly been injured. It happens… But he’s looked decent on the rare occasions he’s played.

      tldr… Those players were mostly signed through circumstance or necessity. They are not necessarily who the manager would have picked under different circumstances.

  • MadMag83

    Wonder if they’ll do a double swoop, Mitrovic and Sels for £20m.