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In focus: Maecky Ngombo

30 January 2017


In focus: Maecky Ngombo

30 January 2017 takes a look at the career so far of Robbie Neilson’s newest striker, Maecky Ngombo.

Born in the Belgian city of Liege but of Congolese origin, Ngombo progressed through the youth ranks at his hometown club Standard Liege, signing professional terms in June 2013. The likes of Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini, Eliaquim Mangala and Michy Batshuayi have all progressed through the Academy set-up at Standard Liege in recent years.

The young striker, who trained alongside now-Chelsea forward Batshuayi during his time with Liege, spent two years in the first-team before moving to the Netherlands in summer 2015 to join Eredivisie side Roda JC.

He made his debut for De Koempels in December 2015, coming off the bench in a goalless draw with FC Groningen. Later that month, in only his third senior appearance, he scored his first professional goal – a composed 18-yard finish in a KNVB Beker quarter-final tie with SC Heerenveen.

Ngombo got off the mark in the Eredivisie in late January, bagging an 81st-minute winner against FC Utrecht after coming off the bench just three minutes earlier.

He went on to score a further three league goals for Roda JC’s first-team that season, including a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Ajax and second-half leveller against Feyenoord. He also found the net eight times in five matches for the Under-21s.

Ngombo’s excellent form saw him receive international recognition for the first time in March 2016.

The striker was called up to the Belgium Under-21s squad for their UEFA European Qualifier against Moldova – he played 78 minutes in the match, helping the Red Devils to a 2-0 victory.

In June 2016, Ngombo opted for a switch to Germany instead of renewing his contract with the Kerkrade-club. He joined 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf, signing a two-year deal.

He has been limited to just eight appearances since joining Flingeraner so will be looking to earn more regular minutes following his switch to Stadium MK.

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