AA Gent goes for ‘stunt’ on mercato


If we can believe Hein Vanhaezebrouck, AA Gent is currently nowhere in terms of preparation for the winter mercato.

The technical staff does work overtime to review potential signings and follow up It Parool the Buffalos are making serious efforts to bring Stanis Idumbo Muzambo back to East Flanders.

The 18-year-old is described as Ajax’s most valuable youth player of the past season and is considered one of the greatest Belgian talents of the moment.

AA Gent is nowhere with transfer plans for winter mercato

This season, AA Gent is struggling with a very narrow selection, and in January several players will leave to participate in the African Cup and the Asian Cup.

“We can probably cope with it until January, but then things can go incredibly wrong. The question is what can we do? We simply have too few players in our core,” said a concerned Vanhaezebrouck.

If we can believe the coach, AA Gent is currently nowhere in terms of preparation for the winter mercato. According to Vanhaezebrouck, the club does not yet have a single player in mind, although the technical staff is working overtime to look at potential signings.

“I don’t know anything about transfers yet. We don’t have the names ready yet,” said the AA Gent coach. The club is already showing creativity in identifying possible reinforcements, including following former youth players who have left the club in recent years.

According to Het Parool Stanis Idumbo Muzambo (18) recently rejected a new contract proposal from his current employer Ajax, and AA Gent, the club he left in 2021 to play for the Amsterdam youth academy, is making serious efforts to “Ajax’s most valuable youth player of the past season”.

AA Gent top talent Idumbo could not refuse a three-year contract with Ajax

In April 2021, the then 15-year-old Stanis Idumbo Muzambo signed a three-year contract with Ajax, closing the door behind him at AA Gent. He was considered one of the club’s top talents, and the Buffaloes made frantic efforts to retain him.

They were even willing to make significant financial efforts to convince him to sign a first professional contract. Unfortunately, Ghent arrived too late and Idumbo had already been sold to Ajax. “We already understood last year that Ajax was very interested in Stanis,” Michel Louwagie said at the time.

“He could certainly have made it to our first team, but this is the fate of many top Belgian clubs. However, we still have a lot of talented guys. We were also able to keep our two biggest talents – Fofana and Fernandez.”

Idumbo signed a three-year contract with Ajax that runs until June 30, 2024, and after his transfer he was added to the upper level of the Amsterdam youth academy.

Exceptional talent: copy of Charly Musonda Junior

Stanis Idumbo Muzambo is small in stature, but his ball control and technical skills are incredibly strong. It is therefore no surprise that he is often compared as a copy of Charly Musonda Junior, the former godchild of Anderlecht and Chelsea.

Idumbo is considered a diamond in the rough and Red Devils U17 coach David Penneman has high hopes for his future.

“Because I think there is a lot in it. Then it comes down to showing that, constantly. He is truly an exceptional talent. A rough diamond, with still room for improvement,” Penneman said two years ago The last news.

“Nationally you can make a difference through talent and flash, internationally more is needed. The step he made from Ghent to Ajax is important in that perspective. And also huge. In terms of the size of the club, and also in terms of competition. Whether it is the right step remains to be seen.”

Lightning-fast promotion to Jong Ajax

Stanis Idumbo Muzambo has made an impression in Ajax’s youth academy. Last season he was involved in no fewer than 22 decisive actions in 23 matches for the U18s, and enjoyed a strong campaign in the UEFA Youth League.

The promising talent was then allowed to move on to Jong Ajax, which plays in the Dutch second division. The Ajax players expect a lot from the Belgian top talent in the long term. “A very complete attacker: strong, fast, technical,” said Dutch club watcher Thijs Zwagerman earlier this year. The newspapaer.

“A boy with a lot of potential.” Idumbo is also a regular in the national youth selections and is currently part of the U19 selection under national coach Wesley Sonck.

Together with other talented players such as Enock Agyei (Anderlecht), Mika Godts (Ajax), Noah Mbamba (Bayer Leverkusen), Malick Fofana (AA Gent), Kyriani Sabbe (Club Brugge), Ibrahim Digberekou (Mönchengladbach) and Joseph Nonge Boende (Juventus ) the 2005 generation is even considered the most promising in a decade.

The newspapaer recently compiled a list of the fifty greatest Belgian talents at the moment, in which Idumbo takes 39th place.

The article is in Dutch

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