Eric Ocansey (att) Eupen; Vladimir Kovacevic (def) Sheriff – end of loan; Nihad Mujakic (def) FK Sarajevo – end of loan; Mohammad Naderi (def) Persepolis – end of loan; Abdul Ajagun (mid) Omonia Nikosia – end of loan; Herve Kage (mid) Adana Demirspor – end of loan; Ilombe Mboyo (att) Al-Raed – end of loan;
Bennard Kumordzi (r) (def) released; Felipe Avenatti (r) (att) Bologna – end of loan; Joel Pereira (sp) (gk) Man United – end of loan; Charilaos Charisis (sp) (mid) PAOK – end of loan; Aboubakar Koita (sp) (mid) KAA Gent – end of loan; Mejon Hoxha (mid) released;
Kortrijk had difficult last season that saw them changing managers halfway, but positive end to the campaign brought lots of reasons for optimism.
Coach Vanderhaeghe is keeping his cool on the transfer market so far and only recently Kortrijk signed their first new player. That said Mboyo’s return from loan is expected to see him re-establish himself as the main striker of the team, with the partnership Mboyo-Chevalier working very well for Kortrijk in recent times.
Kumordzi’s departure and the fact that the top goalscorer from last season Avenatti didn’t stay past his loan spell are the 2 main concerns for the squad so far. Even without them Kortrijk have strong starting XI though, with the main issue being that the depth is not great.
Vanderhaeghe is likely to be mixing 4-2-3-1 with 4-4-2, with latter preferred for home matches and when Kortrijk trail. Stojanovic finished last season well and he could become important figure in the number ten role, especially with the likes of De Sart, Rolland and Van der Bruggen operating behind him and freeing him of any defensive duties.
Lack of wingers might see Chevalier used more and more in a wide role, he started numerous games last season as right winger, which if Mboyo stays put won’t be an issue as the latter is the outright target man anyway.
Rougeaux hopes to have comeback season after spending most of last year out injured, with his versatility allowing him to play both in the heart of the defence and at right-back.
Experienced manager and strong starting XI suggest that Kortrijk could be contenders for top 6 finish.