Daniel Munoz: Genk’s goalscoring right-back deserves greater attention

While Mike Tresor, Joseph Paintsil and the now departed Paul Onuachu have been making the headlines, another of Genk’s players is going under the radar. Despite playing as a conventional right-back, 26-year-old Colombian Daniel Munoz has been having an exceptional attacking season. The defender has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 26 league games.

Last season the defender scored three goals in 29 games and provided four assists. This year he is exceeding his xG of 3.32 and his xA of 2.85. His goals have mainly come from his head, with four, while the other three have all come from his left foot. All have come from inside the box, with the right-back being a great threat from set pieces. With so many attacking talents to focus on, Munoz is likely to be left to a weaker defender. He is certainly taking advantage of any weaknesses.

This form should see him continue to be considered for selection by the Colombian national team. Munoz received his first cap in November of 2020, and has gone on to make 15 more. This coincided with his first season at Genk, with the player moving to Belgium after one season at Atletico Nacional, where he scored eight goals in 32 games. Since joining Genk Munoz has scored 11 goals in 109 appearances. It would not be surprising to see the player linked with a move abroad in the summer given his performances this season.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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