Matz Sels needs some time to get acclimatized to English football and the Championship, which is a lot different from what he was used to in Belgium.
While Matz has had one or two awkward moments so far, he can still become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper if he can hit his best form this season.
But he currently has the improved Karl Darlow breathing down his neck and Rob Elliot could be back from his ACL injury by the end of the year – and Rob will provide a formidable challenge.
Matz Sels in action at Bristol City
Matz has also pointed out the difference in coaching styles between his current manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and his former coach at Gent – Hein Vanhaezebrouck.
Let’s just say Rafa’s style is a lot more intense and the players know they’ve been through a training session when they’ve finished with Rafa at the Benton Training grounds.
This is what Sels has told the Belgian publication Voetbal Krant:
“I have begun to adapt to the country.” “On top of that we lost our two first league games.”
“The last match was better – hopefully we have started on a run.”
“Benitez has a different way of working than Hein.”
“We work a lot more with the ball, according to the Spanish school of football.”
“My morning forest walks are not there anymore (said with a smile).”
Benitez’s training sessions are more intense and they include a lot more work on ball skills in general.
Rafa’s sessions are serious, but they are also made enjoyable for the players too.
Matz is currently away with the Belgium squad and new manager Roberto Martinez.
They lost 2-0 to Spain at home on Thursday night with two goals from David Silva and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois was in goal for that game.
Belgium are in Group H and they start their World Cup qualifying tomorrow night with a game against Cyprus in Nicosia.