If Genk does not win the title, it will often think back to that January 31, 2023. The day they had to let Paul Onuachu go to Southampton. It brought them 18 million euros, but will they risk losing more later? The next three weeks should tell.
The numbers don’t lie. The impact of the tall Nigerian’s departure is clearly noticeable, even though they want to nuance that in Limburg. The goal production has gone down a lot. With Onuachu still in the squad, Genk scored 58 times in 25 matches. After his departure, that became 27 times in 15 games.
But especially the number of points that were conquered is remarkable. With Onuachu, hardly any points were given away and Genk took an impressive 58 out of 66. Since then it has become 20 out of 45. Not exactly the figures of a title candidate.
Samatta and Tresor
Genk hoped to replace Onuachu with the same profile, but had the bad luck that acquisition Tolu Arokodare was immediately injured. The also towering Nigerian should have had more impact than Ally Samatta has done in recent weeks. With 5 goals in 15 games, he didn’t immediately make the biggest impression.
It also caused Mike Trésor’s efficiency to go down. Before the transfer of his buddy in the striker, he delivered 15 decisive actions, after that 7 more.
You can prove anything with statistics, they sometimes say, but in this case they proved to be decisive. Genk has of course not yet lost the title, but the past matches do not inspire too much courage in the citizens. 16 goals in 19 games… You don’t just sweep that loss under the carpet.
58 goals in 25 matches
58 on 66 points
27 goals in 15 games
22 on 45 points