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Expensive Mistakes Towards Exit: The 11 Biggest Failures at JPL

Expensive Mistakes Towards Exit: The 11 Biggest Failures at JPL

With just one day ahead of us, the winter Mercato is fast approaching. The perfect moment for the 16 top flight teams to correct their mistakes of last summer. In recent months, several newcomers have arrived in the Jupiler Pro League. SO: The 11 biggest flops of the season so far.

DM: Maxence Prevo (Lovin' Ohio)

As a former French youth international, the underdog goalkeeper arrived at Den Drif with the necessary credentials, but after 11 games it appears his kingdom has already come to an end. Due to injury, Prevot has been forced to give up his place among the Leuven staff to Toby Leysin, who does not appear to have any immediate intention of leaving again anytime soon.

RA: Noah Fadiga (AA Ghent)

Nine appearances as a substitute in competition, plus only about a hundred minutes: perhaps Fadiga was imagining too much from his first six months at Ghent. On the right flank, Mathis Samoise won the battle easily. The red card he received against Club Brugge remains his only achievement at the moment.

Biography: Craig Cathcart (KV Kortrijk)

A strange story, frankly. Just before the deadline, the men brought in Cathcart to strengthen the defence. Just two weeks later, the Northern Irishman, who once played for second-tier side Antwerp, suddenly announced his retirement. Did he already realize that things were going to go terribly wrong in Kortrijk?

Biography: Fedde LEYSEN (Union)

At the end of last season, he was regularly on the bench at PSV Eindhoven, so Leyssen arrived at Dudenpark with the necessary expectations. Due to Koki Machida's excellent performances, our 20-year-old compatriot rarely features at left-back. He was even recently left out of selection.

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Los Angeles: Owen Fendall (Antwerp)

Although he competes regularly in Bosuil, Wijndal cannot fully meet the high expectations there. Until he suffered a work-stopping injury, his form was improving, but despite his strong performances in the Champions League, he is not part of Mark van Bommel's typical team.

Midfielder: Sergey Sidorchuk (Westerlo)

Just before the transfer window closed, Westerlo proudly introduced Sidorchuk as the new number six. Since then, the 60-time Ukrainian international has featured consistently at the start, although there has been little sign of the hoped-for stability in midfield. The engine cannot be started.

Midfielder: Justin Lonvik (Anderlecht)

With no fewer than 12 new arrivals, a number of Anderlecht's acquisitions were almost doomed to failure. Unfortunately for Jesper Friedberg, Lonvik is one of them. With just over half an hour of playing time spread across three substitute appearances, his protégé has not even become a mere footnote in the club's history.

Cam: Alexis Phillips (RSC Anderlecht)

Flips is still in Lotto Park, and it also looks like he's on his way to a not-so-glorious exit. Due to his transfer fee, the Frenchman has been given slightly more opportunities, but even with Thorgan Hazard and Francis Amuzu in the line-up, Brian Rimmer now no longer has a place for himself in his matchday squad. So over and over again.

Midfielder: Christopher Bonsu Bah (Genk)

A tough judgment on a teenager brimming with talent, but for over five million Genk was already hoping for a return of little more than one goal and one assist. Even now, his two unfortunate red cards remain particularly etched in the memory. Although faith in Bonsu Bah remains intact.

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LB: Michel Skouras (Club Brugge)

In the Cup and Europe, he suddenly provides assists, but in the JPL, Ronny Deila still rarely calls on Skouras. Of all the summer purchases, the Pole, for whom the club also paid around six million, appears to be the biggest disappointment at the moment. Or will he get more of his chance after New Year's?

SP: Mateja Frijan (Westerlo)

Five goals in 14 games: Freejan's average doesn't look bad. However, Westerlo was of course hoping to spend less time in the infirmary. Partly due to injuries, the record signing has so far been unable to justify his hefty price tag of around five million.