mkdons.com takes a look at the career so far of Robbie Neilson’s newest striker, Maecky Ngombo.
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.