As expected, Newcastle United have offloaded one of their goalkeepers, and it is Matz Sels who has departed.
The club announced on Thursday that the 25-year-old has joined Anderlecht on a season-long loan.
MATZ SELS, the Newcastle United goalkeeper, has joined @rscanderlecht on a season-long loan.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 22, 2017
It is a disappointing development for the player given that he joined the North-East outfit just one year ago.
He arrived on Tyneside with the aim of becoming the new first-choice keeper, but he did not hold that position for long.
Manager Rafael Benitez gave Sels just five appearances, all of which were in cup competitions, while Karl Darlow took the number one spot.
The Belgian’s long-term future at Newcastle is uncertain, but he has four years remaining on his contract so the door is likely to stay open ajar.
Benitez has a goalkeeping dilemma given that Rob Elliot is now back fit following a knee injury, and both Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman are vying for places.
The problem has eased slightly now that Sels has gone, and his departure has sparked different reactions from the supporters.
Good luck to him
— matty is okay. (@MattyFenwickATC) June 22, 2017
— Liam C-J (@Liamcj19) June 22, 2017
Good luck fella, lets hope Anderlecht fans give you more time than our fans
— Lee Robson (@LeeRobson23) June 22, 2017
Good luck to him, hope he does well and comes back better for the experience.
— Alex Elvidge (@YabbaDabbaDoOne) June 22, 2017
Should of just give him away!
— Gilmour (@PaulGilmour1) June 22, 2017
— Leon (@LeonMilner15) June 22, 2017
I don't rate him but look at de gea in his first season at man u, he was awful! Hope he gets his confidence up and comes back better
— Tyler Phillips (@Tylerpip1975) June 22, 2017
Glad to see him go. Sels wasn't ready for English football and he's paid the price. Hope he becomes a better player back in Belgium.
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) June 22, 2017
But his name isn't MATS LOANS
— Gary Marshall (@GaryBMarshall) June 22, 2017
He can stay there
— Killian Dolan (@KillianDolan1) June 22, 2017
Good luck at @rscanderlecht Matz lad!! come back stronger!.⚫️⚪️
— Adam McVay (@McMada02) June 22, 2017