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2022/2023

KV Kortrijk

In


Dion De Neve (mid) Zulte Waregem; Bilal Messaoudi (att) JS Saoura; Tom Vandenberghe (gk) Deinze; Jimmy Tabidze (def) FC Ufa; Youssef Challouk (att) Deinze; Massimo Bruno (att) Bursaspor; Habib Keita (mid) Lyon – on loan; Eric Ocansey (mid) Waasland-Beveren - end of loan

Out


Trent Sainsbury (r) (def) released; Michiel Jonckheere (sp) (mid) released; Lucas Rougeaux (sp) (def) released; Mohamed Badamosi (sp) (att) Cukaricki; Bryan Reynolds (r) (def) Roma – end of loan; Ante Palaversa (r) (mid) Man City – end of loan; Victor Torp (sp) (mid) Midtjylland – end of loan; Marlos Moreno (sp) (mid) Man City – end of loan; Rachid Alioui (sp) (att) Angers

After a decent first half of the season last campaign, Kortrijk endured what can only be described as a nightmare second half. After the winter break they only registered one win in 14 matches, losing 10 of their last 11 games to finish 13th. The summer so far has not seen a complete overhaul of the squad as yet. Sainsbury and Palaversa are significant departures. The one exit that was expected during the transfer window hasn’t happened yet. Key man Selemani (13 goals last season) remains at the club, a move to Genk fell through over personal terms. In terms of incomings they look to have made some astute additions. Georgian international centre-back Tabize should take Sainsbury’s place in the starting XI. Former Belgian U21 international winger Bruno has had previous spells at Anderlecht and Charleroi. Playmaker Challouk is an eye catching capture, he has impressed in Belgian First Division B over the last five seasons and now gets his chance in the top flight. The main question mark over Kortrijk is have they moved on from their terrible run last season. They have stuck with the same Head Coach in Karim Belhocine, it is clear a lot of work needed to happen over the summer. They still look to have a makings of a competitive squad.

Target


A place in the top eight should be the goal. Need to get off to a good start to banish memories of last season.

Season Review
2020/2021

№14: KV Kortrijk

Despite finishing very low in the standings Kortrijk actually had very calm campaign that saw them enjoying mid-table comfort all throughout. Only low motivation late on, 5 defeats in last 6, the reason why Kortrijk missed out on the top 10. Yves Vanderhaeghe started the season in charge, but from early on he was unhappy with the owners after star striker Terem Moffi was sold in the summer so Kortrijk secure their financial stability. Without him the Reds expectedly struggled for goals in many games and the consistency was missing from the displays up until Christmas. Still even mix of wins and defeats meant that come 2021 Kortrijk were still in the race for top 8 finish. Some positive moves were made during January too with new signings Radovanovic, Gano and Chevalier all fitting well in the squad and playing important roles for the rest of the season. However, awful 5-game winless run (D1 L4) in January saw Kortrijk losing touch with the play-off positions and coach Vanderhaeghe was sacked after round 23. Luka Elsner took charge straight away with his task made clear – the Board wanted him to start preparing the team for next season with the gap to the top 8 too large to be realistically breached. This saw some experiments with the line-up occurring during the last 10 rounds and this explains why the results were inconsistent, but Kortrijk should have slight advantage next term in that they started building for that campaign early. Ocansey and Selemani showed great versatility throughout the campaign, both were used in 4 different positions during the season. Radovanovic and Gano also played very well since joining in January, but De Sart was never in great form as he had 3 separate spells out injured.


Player of the Season: Faiz Selemani

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