Anderlecht’s devious plan

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First there was Dijon, then Fulham or AS Roma and now Trabzonspor again. For the time being it will remain rumors, but that Anderlecht would not say ‘no’ to a last-minute departure of Landry Dimata seems gradually clear. At first sight a perhaps a bit odd plan, although it all fits within the devious strategy of Peter Verbeke and co to bring the record champion back to the top as quickly as possible.

After all, a crucial condition for achieving this objective is that the people of Brussels must become financially healthy again. With the necessary speed, because the so-called process in which the national title is only aimed again within a few years is no longer an issue. The Purple & White want to reconnect with the top more quickly, which is not easy, however, given the limited budget that Verbeke had to work with this summer. So some extra millions for Dimata – and who knows Francis Amuzu – in the till are more than welcome.

VALUE CREATION

After all, Anderlecht stands firm that transfers for home-grown gold nuggets such as Yari Verschaeren, Sambi Lokonga and especially Jérémy Doku, which would nevertheless immediately close the well, are not an option, subject to a monster offer. Although a departure of the lower rated Amuzu is negotiable, the money must therefore come from elsewhere. That is why Vincent Kompany and co have already done their utmost in recent weeks to re-emerge players in the oblivion pit such as Adrien Trebel, Ognjen Vranjes and Zakaria Bakkali, who also showed their good will during training and thus all somewhat forced their place themselves. bring.

In contrast to other superfluous pawns such as Antonio Milic, Bubacarr Sanneh and James Lawrence, there is still some belief in their abilities. Rightly so, as the trio – and especially Trebel – already showed. While the majority of the many failed purchases in the recent past have already been definitively given up, the Purple & White sees an opportunity here to make a little profit from a few expensive flops. Recouping their entire investment may not be possible, but by including them again in the A-team there is at least a realistic possibility that these big earners can be marketed in the long or short term. In other words, a sensible attempt at value creation.

SPIRIT OF MARTINEZ

When we made that analysis about two weeks ago, we already pointed out the chance that this could also be the plan with Dimata. The intrinsic qualities of the striker, who is still only 23 years old, are beyond question, but after a year and a half in the rag basket, the question is whether he will ever really get back to normal. However, it still seemed so after three match days. Dimata was rewarded for his hard work, which also gave him the necessary kilos of extra muscle, and received full confidence from Kompany in the first duels of the new year. Antoine Colassin, one of the scions of the In Youth We Trust-credo that made an impression last season, disappeared back into the background.

Initially it seemed as if Anderlecht wanted to draw the card from Dimata, who, thanks to his two goals, also immediately won a first selection for the Red Devils. This was a major turnaround for the spearhead, which recently seemed written off for football at the highest level due to its chronic knee problems. A nice gesture also from Roberto Martinez, who gave Dimata such a reward for the way he had managed to fight his way back despite everything. And in one fell swoop also gave his current employer a boost to avoid yet another hefty capital destruction. Finally, the goal getter cost five million last summer.

MISSION WITH NMECHA

The Purple & White thus showed enormous confidence in the former top talent, who was already on the side with that miserable cartilage injury. A gamble that threatened to turn out disastrous, until Dimata resurfaced against KV Mechelen, STVV and Mouscron. Yet it soon became apparent that Anderlecht did not want to put all its eggs in its basket. Three days before the match against Les Hurlus, it became known that Lukas Nmecha would be rented from Manchester City for a year. Subsequently, Kompany soon admitted that the young German should not just be a reinforcement in width. On match day four he already came in at half time, since then the youth international has been kicking off every time.

Perhaps sooner than expected, the mission with Dimata had already been completed. After all, thanks to his good start, the striker had once again been in the spotlight not only at Martinez, but also at a number of foreign clubs. Probably partly thanks to that selection for the Red Devils, a grateful display window, although his youthful age and reputation undoubtedly also help things a good deal. In any case, it appears that the people of Brussels were quite right to put Dimata up for sale, which now increasingly seems to have been the goal from the start. A devious plan to recuperate a considerable portion, or even the full amount, of his expensive transfer fee.

OPPORTUNITY FOR DAUDA

More than bombarding him back to a fixed spearhead, it therefore seems that Anderlecht has always hoped that after a handful of good performances, interest in Dimata would soon reappear. And so someone would come up with a conclusive offer before the transfer market closed. Waiting to see whether he himself is interested in an adventure in Turkey or elsewhere, but Kompany and Verbeke will probably not stop him. On the contrary, it seems that the Purple & White are carefully peddling the injury-prone attacker and would like to wear him somewhere before 5 October. Strike the iron while it’s hot, you know. A smart tactic that cannot be objected to.

If a deal is actually found, the question is whether Anderlecht still have time to attract a replacement. After all, the flush in the front is either very thin, or at first sight. In reality, however, that is not so bad. With top acquisition Mustapha Bundu and Percy Tau, Kompany has a number of polyvalent profiles that, in the absence of Nmecha and Colassin, can depot at the tip. Moreover, Mohammed Dauda could well become the next flopped pawn that suddenly re-emerges, an opportunity that Isaac Kiese Thelin also got in vain last year. Who knows, Dauda will succeed in grabbing them with both hands.

VISION OF VERBEKE

If that plan eventually succeeds, Verbeke will in any case have someone else with whom he can do value creation. In that sense, a possible sale of Dimata fits perfectly with the vision that the sports director has in mind to correct the red accounts, without weakening the team too much. Rather say goodbye to Dimata than, just as happened with the brand new Red Devils Sebastiaan Bornauw and Alexis Saelemaekers, to get rid of one of the promising Neerpede products perhaps a little too quickly below their potential value. It remains to be seen whether they will ever complain about that decision in Lotto Park. However, given the idea behind it, the seemingly surprising choice can be defended at the moment.


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