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Central midfielder heads back to Belgium on loan

Victorien Angban has joined Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Waasland-Beveren on a season-long loan, with an option to buy.

The 20-year-old was a long-term trialist at Chelsea from 2012 to 2015, like former Blue, Bertrand Traoré and finally signed for the club in January 2015. His first loan spell was at Jupiler Pro League relegation strugglers, STVV, where he was an important part of the squad and showed great promise but made only 23 appearances due to injury and an abysmal disciplinary record. Angban was sent off on three occasions in the league, two of them coming against Anderlecht.

Somewhat deservedly, he made a significant step up in his second loan spell at Granada in the La Liga but ultimately found playing time very scarce as the club looked set to implode from the very beginning thanks to poor squad building and a revolving door of managers. In hindsight, perhaps the loan assignment was too aggressive for Angban, and he should be playing regular football again this season at Waasland, who are not much better off than STVV and are likely to be involved in the relegation scrap. Perhaps he’ll eventually make it his permanent home and progress henceforth, too.

Good luck, Victorien!

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