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2019/2020

Racing Genk

In


Theo Bongonda (mid) Zulte Waregem; Carlos Guesta (def) Atletico Nacional; Benjamin Nygren (att) Gothenburg; Stephen Odey (att) Zurich; Ianis Hagi (mid) Viitorul; Patrik Hrosovsky (mid) Viktoria Plzen; Bojan Nastic (def) Oostende – end of loan; Amine Khammas (def) Den Bosch – end of loan; Dante Vanzeir (mid) Beerschot – end of loan; Manuel Benson (mid) Mouscron – end of loan; Gaetan Coucke (gk) Lommel – end of loan;

Out


Leandro Trossard (k) (att) Brighton; Ruslan Malinovsky (k) (mid) Atalanta; Joseph Aidoo (r) (def) Celta Vigo; Marcus Ingvartsen (att) Union Berlin; Ibrahima Seck (sp) (mid) Zulte Waregem – loan made permanent; Jakub Brabec (def) Viktoria Plzen – loan made permanent; Rubin Seigers (mid) Lommel – on loan;

Genk were the outright champions last season, by far best team in Belgium throughout the campaign, but as expected title-winning manager Clement was convinced by a richer club to join them, plus 2 key players in Trossard and Malinovksy moved on in the summer. Added to that the March departure of Pozuelo and the recent selling of the best defender Aidoo and Genk’s squad doesn’t look as exciting as it was last term. The Blues appointed in charge experienced Felice Mazzu, has been overachieving with Charleroi for several years now, but on all his good credentials he is yet to win anything major in his managerial career. To fill the voids Mazzu got busy and at least 4 of the newly signed players are expected to become regular starters. Guesta comes from Colombia to bring stability to the defence, Hrosovsky and Hagi are promising inner midfielders that could eventual be playing key roles, while Nygren and Bongonda are explosive wingers that bring hope that the emblematic aggressive play down the flanks from last season will remain feature of the displays this year too. Genk are expected to be challenged by the fact that they have guaranteed place in the Champions League group stage, with those expected to be the most important games as long as the team stays in the competition. This is likely to see rotation used domestically and at least during the regular season Genk might be giving regular rest to some of their stars in league fixtures.

Target


Genk will struggle to defend their title, with the team likely to find it even hard to claim top 3 finish.

Season Review
2018/2019

Champions: Racing Genk

Genk won their fourth title in what was extremely successful season that saw the Blues spending 90% of the time in first place and not giving any chance to their rivals. From the start things looked good with Genk unbeaten in the opening 15 rounds (10 wins and 5 draws), plus they impressed in the group stage of Europa League too with the amount of goals scored. Main striker Samatta deservedly won the Golden Boot at the end of the season, up until his departure at the end of the regular season in March Pozuelo was excellent too. However, the most consistent member of the squad was Malinovsky, who also scored crucial goals in 3 games against direct rivals for the title. Some doubts over the title credentials were witnessed at the end of the regular season (February-March) when Genk first exited Europa League earlier than expected and also won just 1 of 5 domestic games. However, 6 wins in first 7 play-off games quickly dispersed all worries and 1:1 away draw in penultimate round vs. Anderlecht was enough to deliver the title. With Pozuelo no longer in the squad and also the title-winning coach Clement departing in shocking move at the end of the season Genk have serious rebuilding job in their hands for the new campaign.


Player of the Season: Ruslan Malinovsky

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