Gent reveals taking a calculated risk in signing Orban

Gent reveals taking a calculated risk in signing Orban

Michel Louwagie, the CEO of Gent, a Belgian football club, has acknowledged that the club took a calculated risk when signing Nigerian player Gift Orban from Stabæk Fotball during the January transfer window.

Prior to his transfer to Belgium, Orban was a relatively unknown player, but his impressive performances among the football elite have drawn the attention of top European clubs, who are closely monitoring his goal-scoring exploits.

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Despite having played in the Norwegian Second Division just a few months prior, the 20-year-old has already scored nine goals in eight Belgian League matches and five goals in four Europa League appearances since joining Gent.

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Gent secured Orban’s signature from Stabæk for €3.5 million on the last day of the January transfer window, a move that was deemed a significant gamble by the Belgian press.

In a statement to BBC, Louwagie admitted that the club took a risk in signing Orban, but attributed it to the club’s head of recruitment, Samuel Cardenas, who insisted on the player’s talent and potential.

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“The price was expected to be lower, but it increased after David Datro Fofana was sold from Molde to Chelsea for €12 million (£10.5 million),” said Louwagie. “But from the first time I watched Gift, I saw something special in him. His exceptional movement and complete technical abilities, including his ability to combine and score in different ways, convinced us to sign him.”

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