Forgotten NUFC man Matz Sels has admitted that a return to Newcastle will be ‘difficult’ this summer, with him hinting at a permanent move to Anderlecht following the expiry of his loan deal at the end of the season.
Rafa may have pulled off some brilliant deals in the summer before our Championship onslaught, with Gayle, Ritchie and Clark proving to be inspired signings, however for every good one there were some bad ones – and Matz Sells falls firmly into the latter bracket.
He looked nervy in net from the minute go. He failed to convince and was soon ousted out of the side by Darlow, eventually ending the 2016/17 season as third choice following Elliot’s return.
Since then it’s become clear that he wasn’t the commanding new number one that Rafa had set out to buy, with him heading back to Belgium with Anderlecht over the summer on a season-long loan deal.
His move appears to have had plenty ups and downs (with a recent game of his including a penalty save and a howler), but it seems he’s reluctant to return to Newcastle based on his latest comments:
“A return to Newcastle United will be difficult. Newcastle have paid a lot of money and they want to recoup a part.
“I am, in any case, open to everything. Of course I also want a conversation with Anderlecht and who knows, I’ll stay here longer. I’m open for a conversation.”
With Dubravka likely to earn a permanent deal if he keeps this form up, Elliot and Darlow on the books and the highly-rated Woodman waiting for his big chance, you can’t blame Sels for having little hope of resurrecting his career under Rafa.
Some may say he was never given a proper run, but it may suit all parties if we can recoup a decent chunk of the £5m paid for him and move him on this summer.
Matz Sels tells @hlnsport that he’s open for a longer stay at Anderlecht. They have no option to buy. Lot will depend on their new owner. “I’m open for a conversation. Newcastle have paid a lot of money & they want to recoup a part. A return to #NUFC will be difficult.” pic.twitter.com/5oTmC5tRFj
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) February 23, 2018
As revealed above, Anderlecht have no option to buy so it will all depend on their new owner. He may be surplus to requirements at NUFC this summer, but Mike Ashley won’t want to sell a player for peanuts after paying £5m for him just 18 months ago..