Belgian Pro League 2023/2024 season preview: Genk

Genk were on the receiving end of Toby Alderweireld’s stunning late goal that won Antwerp the title. They themselves had a chance to win the title on that final day, having had a strong first season under Wouter Vrancken. Losing Paul Onuachu at the end of January definitely set them back, however they stuck around and almost added another league title to the trophy cabinet.

Head coach: Wouter Vrancken (Returning)

Players in: Hendrik Van Crombrugge (Anderlecht), Christopher Bonsu Baah (Sarpsbourg 08), Alieu Fadera (Zulte Waregem), Joris Kayembe (Charleroi)

Players out: Eboue Kouassi (Arouca), Jay Dee-Guesens (SK Beveren), Matisse Didden (Roda JC)

Player to watch: Bilal El Khannouss

Moroccan teenager Bilal El Khannouss came of age last year and has attracted plenty of attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. However, he signed a new deal with Genk and stated he wants to continue to develop at the club before moving on. After one goal and five assists last season, expect to see these numbers increase by the end of the 2023/2024 season.

Transfer Needs:

Tolu Arokodare is currently the only recognised striker in the squad. He was the Onuachu replacement, but he was also injured for a lot of the second half of last season. The side need to bring in another striker to compete with Arokodare and be able to fill in when he is injured.

Prediction:

Genk should be in the mix for a title challenge again next season. If they manage to keep Mike Tresor and Joseph Paintsil, expect another strong season from Vrancken’s side. Even if those two do leave, they have already brought in replacements for them and should be able to maintain their strong attacking style of play. Always a good side to watch, expect another entertaining season from Genk.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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