Club Brugge wants to strike: ‘Two pure goal-getters’


Belgian football clubs have until October 5 to arrange their incoming and outgoing transfers. Until today no direct reinforcement has been reported at Club Brugge. But if it depends on Philippe Clement, they will arrive soon.


The efficiency in front of goal continues to keep Club Brugge under its spell. At least, the lack of it. Last season, that turned out to be the biggest defect of the Belgian national champion, and in the current year, Blauw-Zwart would also have to contend with attacking problems. Nevertheless, Club Brugge today has the largest goal production of all clubs in the Jupiler Pro League. Coach Clement’s team counts 18 goals scored, which is exactly three more than runners-up Beerschot VA and RSC Anderlecht. What is the point then?


After the 2-1 won derby against Cercle Brugge, Clement was nevertheless surprisingly crystal clear to the gathered press men. The only lack of this match was the lack of efficiency. Diatta, for example, should have scored three times with his qualities. The Bruges head coach himself is inspired by statistics and data: Clement knew that the goal harvest is far from dramatic.

Club Brugge currently scores an average of 2.42 goals per game, while that frequency was lower last season with 1.88 goals per game. That’s more effective, but also more efficient? Yet the number of goals scored is not (yet) completely in line with the created scoring chances, and that is exactly the much-discussed efficiency that Clement has often referred to.

Under the current center strikers of Club Brugge, there is therefore not immediately a real ‘killer’, a goal thief who can score a goal from a half chance. Krmencik showed that in the past matches he certainly could, but against Cercle Brugge he often raised his eyebrows by, for example, flagrantly and incomprehensibly missing an imposed scoring chance.

After his double against Zulte Waregem, Krmencik worked his way up to one of the most efficient strikers of the Jupiler Pro League, but in the last match against Cercle Bruges he was unable to shake the nets at all out of seven scoring chances â ???? consequently, the Czech also emerges from the top ten of the most efficient strikers in Belgium. Michael Krmencik thus remains a great mystery but certainly deserves credit.


In addition to the close-shaven Czech, Philippe Clement can also count on the Senegalese goldcrest Youssouph Badji, who currently converts exactly one in four scoring chances into a goal, making him the most efficient center forward on Jan Breydel today. Yet it is still too early to put all the attacking weight on the shoes of the barely eighteen-year-old. Subsequently, Siebe Schrijvers also walks around in Bruges, while David Okereke’s chances of playing are greater on the attacking flank positions.

“The idea within the club is that more reinforcements will be added”, Clement remained particularly open to the media on Sunday evening. I also assume that it will be. We are aware that the deadline is October 5, but I can only repeat what I have been repeating for ten weeks: each transfer depends on three parties. Clement does not bother about it and continues to insist: Club Brugge is lacking in efficiency, so he is calling internally and externally for reinforcement before October 5.

The head coach of Club Brugge knows better than anyone that a high-scoring and efficient center attacker can be of gold value. Also this season, Blauw-Zwart can take the Belgian title again on the basis of their strong collective, and that even without a deep striker who can easily score fifteen hits. But such a type in the team makes everything a bit easier. Remember Mbaye Diagne’s goals and efficiency last season. The Senegalese bad boy is not a great footballer, but he is a goalgetter pur sang. Efficient and effective. However, we will no longer discuss his mentality and character …

Could it be a coincidence that Club Brugge was already linked to center attackers Ibrahim Sissoko (Chamois Niort) and Ali Akman (Bursaspor) this week? Both strikers have repeatedly proven to have a healthy nose for goals and could therefore certainly be a reinforcement for Club Brugge.


17-year-old Ali Akman made his professional debut at Bursaspor in the Turkish second division last season, scoring two goals during his limited playing opportunity. In the current year, the Turkish talent already started in a promising way with two goals in just three league matches. In addition, his goal odds-to-goal turnover ratio increased from 18% to 25% this year. Akman’s goal frequency had the same positive result from 0.36 goal per ninety minutes in the past season to 0.69 today, which is even more than double. In the Jupiler Pro League that would be real top statistics.

But also in the national youth series of Turkey, the young Akman easily finds his way to the goal. Currently, the Bursaspor striker plays at the national U18, but he also collected a lot of caps at the U17, U16 and U15. In 36 official youth duels, for example, Akman could score as many as 20 times. These statistics, as well as his youth, progress margin and strong performance at Bursaspor therefore attracted the interest of West Ham, Leicester, Watford, Feyenoord, Rangers FC, but also Cercle Brugge and AA Gent. Club Brugge will not have to delay for very long if it wants to work quickly on Akman’s arrival.


Another name that the foreign press links to Club Brugge is Ibrahim Sissoko, the 24-year-old spearhead of Chamois Niort from the French Ligue 2. There he finished third in the top scorer position last season with a nice number of fifteen goals, and that’s not certainly evident with a team that finished third last. Yet Sissoko, together with captain Matthieu Sans and Thibaut Vion, was one of the biggest stars in the past season at Niort, for example, the attacker guaranteed no less than 50% of the goal production for his team.

Three years ago, the 24-year-old colossus (1 meter 90, 89 kilograms) still played football at amateur level, but after his last glittering season, Leeds United and Nottingham Forrest also showed interest in him. The renowned France Football also included Sissoko this year in a top ten of players from the Ligue 1 who can play a significant role at the highest level. The French attacker is said to be a modern striker: powerful, fast, technical and with a nose for goals.

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