Prior to the sides game with KV Mechelen, Sint-Truiden coach Thorsten Fink has confirmed that Zion Suzuki is the Canaries number one. Japanese international Daniel Schmidt was the sides number one, but was set to depart the club this summer. However, multiple moves fell through for the 31-year-old and he is now set to remain at Sint-Truiden. With a transfer believed to be imminent, Fink had turned to on loan goalkeeper Suzuki instead.
21-year-old Suzuki is on loan from Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds, but Sint-Truiden do have a purchase option. The once capped Japanese international was heavily linked to Manchester United, however he opted to move to Belgium instead in order to get more first team football.
Fink was frustrated that the moves for Schmidt did not come through. The German head coach said to HBVL ‘I can only say that other teams are stupid for not coming for Daniel. He is a top goalkeeper and we have a lot of respect for him. He had his sights set on leaving and we cooperated with that’.
Despite being one of the favourites for relegation, the side are 10th in the table, having won two, drawn two and lost two of their opening six games. Suzuki has played two games so far this season, the first being a 2-0 loss to Cercle. In his second game, the side drew 1-1 with Charleroi.