KV Oostende

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2019/2020

KV Oostende

In


Andrew Hjulsager (mid), Celta), Ari Skúlason (def), Lokeren), Renato Neto (mid), Gent), Ronald Vargas (mid), Newcastle Jets), Ante Palaversa (mid), Manchester City - loan), Yaya Sané (def), Emmanuel Banda (sp), Beziers - return from loan)

Out


Aristote Nkaka (sp)(mid), Anderlecht), Sander Coopman (sp)(mid), Antwerp), Amin Nouri (sp)(def), Valerenga - end of loan), Tom de Sutter (r)(att), Knokke), Bojan Nastic (sp)(def), Genk - loan), Laurens De Bock (r)(def), Leeds - end of loan), Jordi Vanlerberghe (r)(mid), Club Brugge - end of loan)

Oostende are looking to make amends after a truly disappointing and demoralising last season left them scratching for inspiration and hope. They changed the approach by getting a foreign manager with an impressive CV in Norwegian Kåre Ingebrigtsen, who was a serial title winner in Norway with Rosenborg before being sacked last summer, and also went for a few more high-profile signings. The Kustboys now have a much broader squad and in it shine the likes of Ronald Vargas and Renato Neto, players who have undoubted quality and experience in this league. Yet, they come with the downside of being injury plagued and these sort of move certainly carry some risk for the club. Yaya Sane is also a good signing in defence, where the veteran Nicolas Lombaerts is still around despite the desire to ship him away, while Ari Skulason is a very good full-back to have as well despite he got relegated last season with Lokeren. One area that has not been improved so far this summer is the attack, where Fashion Sakala and Sindrit Guri remain the main options. None of them proved too reliable or prolific and it remains to be seen if another body can be brought in to make the team more competitive. Oostende will look with some hope towards the top six after an encouraging transfer period but realistically they should be looking for a place between seventh and tenth after flirting with the bottom places last season.

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Top half of the table and even possibly the top six.

Season Review
2018/2019

№14: KV Oostende

The expectations were not high among the Oostende fans at the start of the season due to the change of ownership and the great reduction of the budget, which resulted in the sale of a few good players. That said, Gert Verheyen was a manager with a good reputation and he talked a good game early on in the season. The team lacked consistency and a settled system to rely upon early in the campaign, suffered a few rather resounding beatings on a few occasions. That said, they always looked comfortable enough in the table and did not seem to be in immediate danger of being dragged down to the mire. Yet, wins became more and more scarce as the season went on and this became more of an issue n the early weeks of 2019. An agonising last-minute loss to Gent in the Cup semi-finals left the squad distraught and they never really seemed to care from then on. A few more losses in February meant that Verheyghen did not see the season out and sporting director Hugo Broos took over on interim basis. He earned a couple of rare wins in the play-offs but overall Oostende never seemed to have any real purpose in the second half of the season and were basically preparing for next year from early on. They already have a new manager in place in Kåre Ingebrigtsen, multiple times winner of the Norwegian league, but he will need lots of help in revamping the squad as it just has no discernible quality in any of the areas.


Player of the Season: Goran Milovic

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