Lior Rapalov stunned Belgium when he left Antwerp and moved to Anderlecht, the arch-rival of the ex-club Bruges with whom he was identified for seven years at the club and a variety of achievements, but what mainly surprises the Belgians is that the Israeli has so far failed to make his way to Vincent Company. When the group is not functioning.
Raphaelov, who celebrated his 35th birthday in April, is known to have won the Golden Shoe last season, meaning player of the year in Belgium, but Company has yet to give him a chance in the squad and Anderlecht, a luxury club aiming to win the championship for the first time since 2016/17, with a point Only one of six possible in the league – including an embarrassing loss to the newcomer in the opening round.
This morning (Monday) the Belgian media dealt extensively with the fact that Raphaelov remained out of the squad on Tuesday in the disappointing draw against Ofan and it was written that not only the fans do not understand the company’s decision, but Raphaelov himself is convinced he deserves the squad.
“You have the gold shoe winner in the group and you do not use it: how long Lior Rapalov will sit on the Anderlecht bench,” cried the headline in “nieuwsblad”, “Anderlecht fails to produce valley situations, but Company does not use Rapalov.” Also in “voetbalkrant” it is written that 20 minutes on the lawn Raphaelov proved why he deserves a lineup, but Kompany remained on his own.
In his defense, the coach said: “Raphaelov has definitely shown us what he is capable of, but there are plenty of other games this season and we will need them all. I do not like to talk about players individually, but I can say that each player will have his chance,” Kompany concluded.
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