“I think AA Gent has the best chance to become champion,” Brecht Digger does not hesitate.
“When I saw them play against Anderlecht in the first half: they dominated without really creating big chances, but they played football with a lot of confidence and automation. I don’t see many other teams like that at the moment.”
“AA Gent’s central defenders are also very strong, both defensively and in the build-up.”
Peter Vandenemppt points to a future problem for the Buffaloes: In January, the team is in danger of losing a lot of players due to the African Cup and the Asian Cup. “Hein Vanhaiesbrouck would love to stand at the Wailing Wall, but if you include those who may have gone, there is still a gap,” notes Vandenbempt.
Arnar Vidarsson, coach of Jong AA Gent, is taking action. “I think it’s possible that between 6 and 8 players will leave. You can’t replace that with young people.”
“Am I going to bring players from Jong Gent? Then I won’t have any anymore,” laughs Fedarsson. “You must not forget that the step from promising to the first team is the biggest and most difficult step. Moreover, it is much more difficult to take this step in a big club.”
Vandenemppt: “There is something wrong with the international calendar when an important player like Hong plays two tournaments during the season and therefore is not available twice for a month. I don’t think this is normal.”
“For AA Gent, they are simply incredibly important and decisive players,” emphasizes Arnar Vidarsson. “If they all leave, the title opportunity will simply be lost.”
Several Gent players are eligible for selection for the Africa Cup (13/01 – 11/02) or the Asian Cup (12/01 – 10/02). In a worst-case scenario, the Buffaloes will lose up to 8 players in January and February.
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