Currently enjoying a good run of games on loan at Anderlecht, Newcastle United owned Matz Sels is receiving some praise, which is impressive considering how badly his club are doing.
Losing 2-0 at the weekend against Ostende, the reigning Jupiler Pro League champions have only won of their last five league games, conceding at least two goals in each of their last four.
Yet, despite this, Het Nieuwsblad, in their Monday edition, pick out the Newcastle loanee as one of the solid performers of a team in disarray.
The goalkeeper the Magpies spent just under £6m to bring to St James’ Park in the summer of 2016 was one of 26 players the newspaper wrote a brief note to as they strived to ‘wake them up’ of their mediocre form.
About Sels, they wrote: “Dear Matz, your first weeks at Andelrect were a bit irregular, but that was also because of that awkward rotation system with Boeckx. One week you, the other week Frank. How can you gain confidence even if you are the better goalkeeper?
“Fortunately, the switching has stopped and, since then, you are one of the few Anderlecht players playing at the right level. How sad would the situation be without your saves?”.
The 25-year-old has kept eight clean sheets in 18 league appearances, yet conceded 22 goals in the remaining 10 games, nine of which have come in their last four.
However, with Newcastle still after a goalkeeper, it appears they might already have one at the club, contracted until 2021.
They’ll just have to wait until the end of the season to get him back.