With RFC Seraing’s relegation confirmed, the club can now start getting ready for next season. This is also the case for a vast number of their players who are out of contract in the summer. One of those is their top scorer Marius Mouandilmadji. The Chadian international has scored nine goals in 24 games for the struggling side. All of these goals have come from inside the box, and with two games remaining the 25-year-old has an xG of seven.
While nine goals does not jump out, context is important. RFC Seraing had the worst attack in the league, with the side only scoring 26 goals so far this season in 32 games.. Their xG for the entire season so far was 24.3, so they are overperforming against a very low number. According to FotMob’s stats, the side have also created the least ‘big chances’, with just 15. That is seven less than the side above them in that category, Sint-Truiden. With a crossing success rate of just 20.4%, with an average successful cross count of 2.9 a game, its fair to say that Mouandilmadji has hardly been given adequate service. For example, the current leader in terms of assists for the side is Antoine Bernier with two, and he has been injured since the 22nd of January.
This may well spark interest within the Pro League. The striker will not demand a transfer fee, so could be a solid back-up option for many clubs. His role may well be suited to an impact sub, who can also fill in as a short-term stop gap if a frontline striker is injured.
Mouandilmadji began his career with FC Porto, spending most of his time with the B side and on loan at Aves. In 60 games for Seraing he has scored 12 goals, with the majority of those coming this season. He will certainly have offers in the summer, but it remains to be seen whether those will come from fellow Pro League sides.