Vormer, Bayo, Vertessen, Baiye, Sor or Dreyer: six ways to manage your winter transfer window

Always special, by its proximity to the final sprint, the January window now has well-established strings. The proof in six examples.

The display of this content has been blocked to respect your cookie choices. By clicking “View content”, you accept cookies. You can change your choices at any time by clicking on “Cookie settings” at the bottom of the page.
See contents

It is a time when time is scarce and knowledge is valuable. In January, transfers are often remedial, sometimes urgent, to alleviate an injury or rectify a disappointing start to the season. Unless you have to transfer when you are the victim of someone else’s mistakes. In six Belgian examples, all completed before deadline dayanalysis of such a special moment.

Homecoming: Vakoun Bayo

In search of a goalscorer since the summer, probably tired of seeing most pitches become too expensive in the final spurt of every negotiation, Charleroi has finally returned to a safe game. Exfiltrated to Watford a few months ago to put the accounts back in the green, the zebra scorer Vakoun Bayo returns to the black land to blow up the race for the top 8. The team members are almost the same, the system too. Finally, only the coach has changed. The chemistry between the Ivorian and Felice Mazzu is the only unknown factor in a remarriage that seems to succeed. Who do we know better than the players we have already had at home? Hara at Stayen or Henryleft from loans to Bruges, are other examples.

Vakoun Bayo returns to Charleroi. (Photo by Mike Jones/News Images) in Cardiff, UK on 11/2/2022. (Photo by Mike Jones/News Images/Sipa USA)

Sports director’s favourite: Anders Dreyer

Arriving at the head of the Mauve’s sports department just a few weeks ago, Jesper Fredberg necessarily consulted his Danish notes at the time of the strengthening of the offensive sector in Anderlecht. It was there that he chose the nameAnders Dreyer, which has become a sure bet for creating chances in the Danish championship. Crucially from his first term in office, the new left-hander at Sporting knows neither the club nor the championship, but has no secrets from his bosses. Another way of thinking without too much risk of being wrong, a bit like when the Batavian connection in Antwerp grows along Gyrano Church.

Coach’s wish: Brandon Baiye

Without the arrival ofEdward Still in the end of Pandasthe leaders of Eupen would probably not have thought of Brandon Baiye. Little used at Clermont, the midfielder is no stranger to his coach, who had worked with the young Belgian when he was assistant toIvan Leko in Bruges. A profile known at hand, no doubt about his involvement during training and assets that compensate for the defensive weaknesses of the German speakers. Here, too, the idea is to limit the risk.

The champion of the championship: Ruud Vormer

In search of a trade and tricks at the heart of the game, the leaders of Zulte Waregem turned to one Ruud Vormer whose best years are in the rearview mirror. The Dutchman no longer has legs from before, but the grinned remains intact and the quality of the foot can still provide good service. The same logic governs the arrival of Christian Bruelsalso an asset in operations to maintain Essevee. The risk is that the handsome contracts offered to such profiles may weigh heavily on the duration, beyond the short-term bailout.

Ruud Vormer, experience trying to maintain Essevee in D1A. BELGA PHOTO TOM GOYVAERTS

The ideal profile: Yorbe Vertessen

It happens that the winter transfer window suffers. The union would no doubt have preferred not to have to move in January, but the New York offer convinced Dante Vanzeir trying for the american dream decided otherwise. Looking for a similar profile capable of taking the depth to ideally complete the game Victor Boniface or of Gustaf NilssonSaint-Gillois found the Belgians on the other side of the border by temporarily offering themselves the services of the young, fast and powerful. Yorbe Vertessen. Cloning doesn’t exist, but the cast doesn’t seem far from it.

One step ahead: Yira Sor

It is not only in the standings that Genk is gaining momentum. The month of January had not even started yet, as the Limburgers were already announcing the signing of Yira Sor, winger drafted with dynamite and encouraged to gradually scrape playing time in the shadow of captains who could fly elsewhere next summer. A similar logic, beyond the opportunity offered by the market, led Racing to offer the services fromAnouar Ait El Hadj, blocked in the short term, but interesting over time. This is called anticipating.

With Yira Sor, Genk is already preparing for the future. (Photo: Maarten Straetemans/Isosport)

Leave a Comment