RSC Anderlecht

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Round Play-offs I

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2021/2022

RSC Anderlecht

In


Sergio Gomez (mid) Borussia Dortmund; Lior Refaelov (mid) Antwerp; Colin Coosemans (gk) Gent; Wesley Hoedt (def) Southampton; Taylor Harwood-Bellis (def) Man City – loan, Isaac Tshibangu (mid) Mazembe

Out


Lukas Nmecha (k) (att) Man City - end of loan; Matt Miazga (r) (def) Chelsea - end of loan; Landry Dimata (sp) (att) Espanyol; Paul Mukairu (sp) (mid) Antalyaspor - end of loan; Jacob Bruun Larsen (sp) (mid) Hoffenheim - end of loan; Abdoualye Diaby (sp) (att) Sporting - end of loan; Knowledge Musona (mid) Al-Tai; Thierry Lutonda (def) RKC Waalwijk; Peter Zulj (mid) Basaksehir; Warner Hahn (gk) released

Last season, in club legend Vincent Kompany’s first full campaign as a manager, Anderlecht were hard to beat but struggled for goals. They were never serious title contenders, but they did manage to scrape into the top 4 and fulfil the aim for the season which was to secure European football. The Mauves have made some shrewd summer additions, bringing in Hoedt and Refaelov who are proven at this level. However, they are set to lose two of their major assets from last season, Nmecha has already gone back to Manchester City while all-action midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is on the verge of permanently joining Arsenal. Gomez has been brought in as a potential replacement for Lokonga. Once highly regarded at Barcelona’s youth academy, he has yet to fulfil his promise at professional level. The main concern for Anderlecht is that they have yet to sign a replacement for Nmecha, who was their focal point in attack last season and far and away their top scorer with 14 goals. With Kompany now having a full season of senior management under his belt and with a squad balancing experience with the burgeoning talents of Anouar Ait El Hadj, Yari Verschaeren and Francis Amuzu among others, Anderlecht have the potential to improve on their showing from last season.

Target


Have the makings of a squad that can secure a top three finish. Whether they can achieve this looks likely to depend on the striker / strikers they bring in and how they perform.

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: RSC Anderlecht

Anderlecht’s awful financial situation meant that many youngsters from the Academy had to be moved to the senior squad. Things never looked right in the preparation for the new season and the expected turmoil reached its peak after just 2 rounds. Frank Vercauteren was the coach, with club legend Kompany only his assistant and yet Anderlecht’s Board gave Kompany the freedom to decide the squad and to basically have final say on everything so after just 2 games Vercauteren resigned leaving Kompany to take charge officially. With this his first ever job as head coach Kompany expectedly had some issues and he kept rotating the squad a lot all season, 34 different field players were used. The results were solid, but not impressive enough with Anderlecht struggling for goals and, due to that, for wins. Despite only 3 defeats in the first 19 rounds, none on home turf, Anderlecht remained outside the top 6 as they had the highest number of draws in the entire league. Apart from Nmecha, nobody else was contributing much in attack and this remained trend until the end of the season with the German the only player in the squad to reach double figures in goals. Kompany trusted lots of Academy players and also in the winter months he added several quality signings, both Ashimeru and Bruun Larsen becoming important pieces come play-off time. Still Anderlecht looked to be way off the pace of the top 4, but in the end late spur of form saw them finishing the regular season with 4 consecutive wins and as result sneaking into Play-off I. The good results ended there though with Anderlecht unable to win another match in the play-offs (D4 L2) and logically finishing last. Still the top 4 finish secured place in Europe and this was the goal at the start of the season. Coach Kompany is expected to have to trust many Academy players again next season as the team’s financial situation only keeps deteriorating. Also it’s very likely that at least 2-3 players that could accumulate lots of money will be sold. Verschaeren and Lokonga already attracted hefty offers from top teams and another summer of many personnel changes seems to be guaranteed.


Player of the Season: Albert Sambi Lokonga

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