Adriano Bertaccini in seven heaven for one of Belgium’s once fallen clubs

RFC Liege, two times Belgian league winners and one time Belgian cup winners, are arguably known more for the Bosman ruling these days than football. However, this year they returned to the second tier of Belgian football, the Challenger Pro League, for the first time since relegation in 2010. Once a staple of the first division, the side bounced around the lower reaches of Belgian football before eventually coming up.

Since returning, they have really found their feet. Over the past seven games they have only lost once, winning the other four. Much of this success can be put down to the scoring prowess of Adriano Bertaccini. The Belgian Italian has scored seven goals in seven games this season, including the winner over promotion chasing Lommel at the weekend. The former Genk and Belgian youth international is currently playing in the highest level he has managed in his short career. Last season, the now 23-year-old was in fine form for Thes Sport in the Belgian third tier as he racked up an impressive 27 goals in 36 games.

This form prompted RFC Liege to bring him over, and he has just continued his goal scoring form in the second tier. Should he continue this form, Pro League clubs fighting against relegation may well look at him in January. Bertaccini is under contract at RFC until 2025 and the club will surely do all it can to keep hold of him. Should they finish in the top five this season, they will have the chance to make it back to back promotions.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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