Anderlecht is looking for striker: 9 well-known successors for Silva

Whether he will actually start working at PSV soon remains to be seen, but in the meantime Fabio Silva has already closed the doors of the Park behind him. To replace him, Anderlecht thought of old acquaintance Thomas Henry, who tore his cruciate ligament in what was to be his last appearance for Hellas Verona. A week before the closing of the winter mercato, Jesper Fredberg has to urgently look for a new striker. To lend a helping hand to the Sports CEO, VoetbalNieuws went looking for nine potential number nines for RSCA.


Although the file fell through, the extensive interest in Henry makes a few things clear. Instead of gambling on youthful talent, the people of Brussels prefer a slightly more seasoned spearhead this time, preferably with some experience in our country. In 79 matches for OH Leuven, the 28-year-old Frenchman hit 45 times at the time. Silva’s successor, despite his relapse still the club’s top scorer with seven goals, must above all be a goal getter. Matching the DNA of the record champion, which Fredberg and Brian Riemer say they want to keep, is currently a side issue.

Without the inconvenient timing of his injury, Henry would sign a long-term contract in Neerpede. So no new rental construction, deals that Fredberg prefers to avoid from now on. Although he recently opened the door for loan players again. Finally, the unlucky one measures one meter 91, and his current market value is estimated at 4.5 million by the renowned Transfermarkt. With all these parameters in mind, we went looking for possible alternatives in more or less the same weight class and price category, with a focus on old acquaintances who might still ring a bell.

Sory KABA (27, Midtjylland) – MW: 2.5 million
A name that invariably pops up in the rumor mill is that of Sorry kaba, just like Henry in the past active at OHL. There, the Guinean scored 12 goals in 29 games last season. Earlier he let the nets vibrate smoothly at Elche, Kaba also presents solid statistics at his current employer Midtjylland. Although his production stalled before the winter break, the 21-time international simply kept his regular place in the base. Getting him loose promises to be no sinecure for Fredberg, who already snatched Anders Dreyer from the Danish top club. A trade deal with Kristoffer Olsson perhaps?

Marcus INGVARTSEN (27, Mainz) – MW: 3.5 million
The sporty boss apparently has a soft spot for his home country. So who knows what he’s thinking about Marcus Ingvartsen, once passed on at Genk as a very expensive flop. Just like in his younger years at Nordsjaelland, the one-time Danish international has fared a lot better in Germany since then. For example, Mainz took him over from Union Berlin for 2.3 million after a successful rental period last summer. Once recovered from an injury, Ingvartsen promptly scored seven times in ten matches, but with Ludovic Ajorque the left foot just got a tough competitor. Anderlecht offers guarantees on playing time.

Tim KLINDIENST (27, Heidenheim) – MW: 2.5 million
Still in Germany, albeit in the second division, is also Tim Kleindienst with nine goals in 15 matches. Perhaps the strongest bear on this list, whose style is at odds with the stylists of yesteryear that the Park pines for. Just ask in Ghent, where the German fell through the basket just like in Freiburg. It just doesn’t work at the highest level. Nevertheless, Kleindienst can be the target man that RSCA needs. The question is whether the fans give him more credit than, say, Ivan Santini. Although Stefano Okaka, Lukasz Teodorczyk or Aleksander Mitrovic were not the most refined strikers either.

Shamar NICHOLSON (25, Spartak) – MW: 7 million
Iké Ugbo (ex-Cercle and Genk) and Vakoun Bayo (ex-AA Gent and Charleroi) fall by the wayside, but another former Zebra deserves a mention here. Unfortunately it seems Shamar Nicholson set a little too high. Last winter, Spartak paid eight million for the 32-time Jamaican international, an amount that can even increase through bonuses. After clocking 31 goals in 81 appearances in Charleroi, Nicholson, just like Henry, a goal getter with an eye for his teammates, is in Moscow with 12 goals in 34 matches. Galatasaray and SPAL, also linked to Paul Onuachu, are already lurking.

Yohan BOLI (29, Al-Rayyan) – MW: 3 million
Not just an old acquaintance: two years ago Yohan Boli to a sigh from the Purple & White, until Al-Rayyan suddenly came up with a better proposal. Not only for then employer STVV, where he hit 43 times in 128 matches, but also the Ivorian himself. Although things are a bit more difficult, Boli has not forgotten how to score in Qatar, as testified by 49 hits in 87 matches. Next summer, the 11-time international, who recently indicated that he is open to a return to Belgium, will expire his lucrative contract. If he is willing to surrender, Fredberg can capitalize on that.

Ryan MMAEE (25, Ferencvaros) – MW: 2.2 million
Our first compatriot in this overview, already has Ryan Mmaee now 12 caps for Morocco behind his name. Just like his brother and teammate Samy, who also belonged to the pre-selection, Standard’s youth product was disappointed that he was not allowed to participate in the World Cup. His figures since he left the JPL, where Mmaee could not make his mark at Beveren either, speak volumes. In Cyprus, the ex-Young Devil scored 25 times in 59 appearances for Limassol, in Hungary he has so far scored 27 in 58 matches. Completed with a total of 22 assists. Time for a retake?

Sargis ADAMYAN (29, Cologne) – MW: 2.5 million
Just like Boli and Mmaee is Sargis Adamyan not a typical target man, but at Club Brugge he stood his ground deep in the point. In addition, as with many of his other clubs, all in Germany, the Armenian had a surefire spell in Jan Breydel. With six goals in 15 duels, each instrumental in the title race, his final balance does not look bad. Adamyan often served as a super sub or lightning rod for Charles De Ketelaere and / or Noa Lang, in Cologne the 33-time international is now gradually being sidelined. Will the people of Brussels offer him a way out?

Deniz UNDAV (26, Brighton) – MW: 6 million
If necessary on a rental basis, as Club did a year ago. Necessity rules law, especially when opportunities present themselves. Deniz Undav for example, by far the smallest of the gang in stature. Still, the Golden Bull throws a lot of weight into it. An altruistic sniper, who not only scores everywhere he goes, but also sprinkles with assists. However, things do not go smoothly at Brighton, a loan beckons. However, the chance that Union’s parent club will let him go to a series – and even fellow townsman – seems small. Possibly Undav itself also has more attractive options than Anderlecht.

Djordje JOVANOVIC (23, Maccabi) – MW: 3 million
A name that probably sounds less familiar to you. brought as a teenager Djordje Jovanovic six months in Lokeren, which snatched him from Club Brugge. In 11 matches, the Serbian, at that time still an up-and-coming top talent, was in charge once – precisely against Blauw-Zwart. After his early exit at Daknam, an inglorious passage in Spain followed, before relaunching his career in his own country. 21 goals in 35 matches later, Maccabi Tel Aviv put down almost two million for the one-off international last winter, since then good for 25 goals in 45 matches in Israel.

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