Bjorn Engels is now an Olympiacos player, despite several years of being linked with Premier League moves, one of which was to Bournemouth.
Engels somewhat benefitted from the rise in Belgian football talent and the assumption the next great player was just around the corner. Linked with moves far above his actual standard, Engels was pushed towards clubs including Arsenal but it didn’t make a great deal of sense.
Even this summer, Engels was linked with a string of English clubs, with Fulham the last one, followed rumours they pulled out of a move just before Olympiacos went for the transfer.
That gives an indication as to how the 22 year old’s hype dropped. Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad about failed moves last summer, Engels was asked if he was talking about Bournemouth: “Indeed, but then I hurt my shoulder in that first Champions League match against Leicester after what would turn out to be my best half of the season. I was out for three months and couldn’t show my level again. I’m cursed that I didn’t get that transfer.”
It was then put to Engels that Bournemouth had made a €15m offer, only for him to leave Club Brugge for less than half of that a year later.
The young defender accepted he’d had a hard season, so, regardless of what Bournemouth had offered for him before, it didn’t mean he kept that value.