Genk is happy that Joseph Paintsil is staying and he is not going to Leeds United, even though they lost Mike Tresor when he left for Burnley. This makes them feel better,” says former Belgium manager Rene Vandereycken.
If Leeds United had completed an £8.5 million deal for Joseph Paintsil at the end of the transfer window, Genk could have lost two important players. They stood together to contribute to 64 goals in the 2022/23 season.
Leeds ultimately left Paintsil, feeling that Genk had “moved the goalposts” during negotiations (Sky Sports).
The Ghana international then turned down the chance to join Southampton as part of a deal that would have seen Paul Onuachu go in a different direction. And while Tresor will have to take advantage of some substitutions, having recorded 24 assists last season, which is better than any other player in Europe’s big leagues, VanDerijken will have to take advantage of some of the paint skills.
He believes his greater threat from open play will make him more “irreplaceable” than when he signed on Burnley’s deadline day.
Leeds and Southampton Will Not be Getting Joseph Paintsil
“It was fun to score the first goal,” Wanderijken told Het Beran van Limburg. Paintsil provided the assist for Andy Zeqiri’s opening goal against Union Saint Giroise on Saturday. “Paintsill worked really well, making the right passes at the right time and the right speed.
“For Genk’s game, it was more important that Paintsil remained than Tresor, as the latter was much better in terms of kicking technique. (Tresor’s) crosses and free kicks were great.
“But Paintsil is more of a threat. Thanks to Paintsil’s great support, Zeqiri was able to easily score his first goal.”
According to The Athletic, Tresor could end up repaying around £15m to Burnley if the Clarets decide to turn his loan deal into a go-nowhere move in 2024. Meanwhile, Paintsil has no regrets about turning his nose up at a Southampton side who have dropped out of the Championship play-offs after conceding nine goals in their last two games.
‘My Head Said No’
“A lot of people whose opinions I respect thought I should quit. My mother also asked me to transfer schools! ” says Paintsil about the latest news.`My godfather said: “Joseph, Southampton is a good club. you will kill it.” “But my head said ‘no’.”
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