Dries Wouters and Iebe Swers return to first team, Gustav Engvall no longer fits in the plans at KV Mechelen
13 de February, 2023
The return of the Limburg duo Wouters-Swers is striking. At the end of last year – before the Tom Caluwé-Tim Matthys switch in the sporting cell – they were told that they no longer had a future at yellow-red. In anticipation of a solution during the winter mercato, the two trained with the B-squad, but it did not come to a departure. Wouters was close to a switch to Jong Genk. The rental deal with Schalke 04 jumped off in extremis because the Germans demanded a hefty rental fee. Swers was interested by RWDM, although that interest never became concrete.
After two months of uncertainty, the two are now welcome again at the first team. A decision by sporting director Matthys in consultation with coach Steven Defour. Keeping them longer with the B-core, where they showed the right mentality, would be a waste of their capital. In addition, their return gives Defour additional options. The injury burden remains high with the Kakkers, while the Friday match against leader Genk is quickly approaching. Sandy Walsh (pelvis), Jordi Vanlerberghe (hamstring injury) and Lucas Bijker (relapse with his calf injury) have been out for several weeks. In Eupen, Bolingoli (problems with the abdominal muscles) also had to leave early.
In addition, there are the absences of Rob Schoofs, who is serving his second of three suspension days, and Birger Verstraete, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in Eupen. Defour already had to work hard on his team at Kehrweg. Jannes Van Hecke replaced Walsh at right back and Dimitri Lavalée moved to midfield.
Oum Gouet en Engvall trainen met de B-kern
Nothing will change for Cameroonian international Samuel Oum Gouet. While Wouters and Swers trained exemplarily with the B-squad, the World Cup-goer regularly sent his cat to the practice sessions. Oum Gouet also did not get away in January, despite sufficient interest. The central midfielder, still under contract until mid-2024, set his expectations too high.
In principle, Oum Gouet no longer leaves. Perhaps there is still a solution for Gustav Engvall. He also trains with the Mechelen reserves. Since his weak substitution in Westerlo, Defour no longer counts on the Swedish attacker. He was therefore missing against Charleroi and Eupen.
Engvall had a successful loan to Sarpsborg 08, but did far too little between his last game in Norway on November 13 and his return to Mechelen in early January. That lack of professionalism translated into substandard physical testing.
In the Scandinavian press, Engvall then expressed his displeasure at the few playing opportunities he had since his return. He added at the same time that he wanted to leave again. The club and its broker are looking for a solution. A number of transfer markets, including the Norwegian one, are still open.
Hernández to America
Meanwhile, Malinwa found a way out for Jorge Hernández (22). The young Mexican returns, provided his visa is in order, to America, where he played football before. Hernández tried to break through in Europe with the Ukrainian Chernomorets, but had to flee the war there in the spring. After a test period, the small playmaker secured a professional contract with KV. He got stuck on ten raids this season.