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PREVIEW: Trezeguet aiming to secure a spot in Anderlecht’s starting line-up
After a turbulent first season on loan, the former Al Ahly midfielder signed a permanent contract with Les Mauves et Blanc. In May, he become the third ever Egyptian to sign for Anderlecht after Ahmed Hassan and Tarek El-Said.
The 21-year-old aims to follow the footsteps of Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny in moving to one of the European giants, as they have done with Chelsea and Arsenal, respectively. Nevertheless, he first needs to find his chance and fight for his place in the Anderlecht team.
Valued at €2.3 million, Trezeguet is considered one of the most expensive exports from the Egyptian League. His performance with Al Ahly, aiding the club in winning the Egyptian League twice, as well as the African Champions League and Confederations Cup, caught the eye of the Belgian giants who bought him after a one-year-loan.
Trezeguet is a flexible midfielder, capable of playing on both wings and under the striker. His talent is highlighted by his ball control and shooting abilities.
‘Trezzy’ made six appearances for the Belgian giants in his first season, assisting once against KV Oostenade in the league. However, Anderlecht finished second in the league behind Clube Brugge KV and failed to qualify to the UEFA Champions League after losing to Russian side, FC Rostov, 4-2 on aggregate.
The Egyptian international scored four goals in the 2016-2017 pre-season and was praised by Anderlecht’s new Swiss manager, Rene Weiler. Weiler stated that ‘Trezzy’ plays with an appetite and gives one hundred percent, but needs to learn and adapt tactically.
Trezeguet aims to help his team win the Belgian League in the upcoming season and qualify to the Champions League; yet, he needs to work hard enough to break his way through and become a regular starter with Anderlecht.