Awoniyi Could Not Adapt To Gent’s Stryle – Coach


An explanation has come forth on why former youth international striker, Taiwo Awoniyi could not shine at KAA Gent of Belgium, but is now excelling back at Royal Excel Mouscron in the same country. gathered that controversy erupted anew, after Awoniyi struck a back-breaking goal against his former club last weekend, but Gent’s manager, Michel Louwagie, who handled the striker in the first half of this season, says the star could not adapt to his tactics.


Louwagie insists he did not victimize Awoniyi, who is on loan from EPL side, Liverpool striker, who he says did not find his form while with his team earlier this season.


Awoniyi is back in scoring form at Mouscron, which he played for also on loan from Liverpool last season, and the youngster is making the best of the second half of the season, after cutting short his stay at Gent.


The word out now is that Awoniyi could not shine with Gent because the coach opted to leave him out, but Louwagie stressed that he gave the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup revelation enough chances, especially as he knew his club would have to pay a fine for under-utilising the player.


Louwagie expatiated: “He started eight times with us. There was also a ‘penalty’ in the agreement: if he did not start in 70% of the matches, we had to pay that penalty. So: we have to pay for him.

“We (did) everything to make him succeed. I think Taiwo works better in a system with two strikers. That was the case in the (Belgian) Cup match against Virton, and things went better.”


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