For some players it is almost written in the stars, that they go to a great career in the meeting. It has certainly not been for Joakim Mæhle.
Evert Maesschalck, who is the agent for the dane, call in an interview with Gazet van Antwerpen, 21-year-old Joakim Mæhle for 'the best right back in the world in his age group right now.' It is, of course, you throw in a critical light the sender's interests were taken into account, but there is no doubt that Genk player has been excellent this season, and in January, we received thus also a bid of nearly 100 million kroner in from Premier League club Southampton.
however, It is only a few years ago, there was not much evidence of that Mæhle would be a great player. Since AaB chose to bet on him in the summer of 2016, it was as one of the absolute yderstre mandates.
It tells Lars Søndergaard, who at the time was the head coach at the club.
- When Joakim joined A squad, we had just pulled six players up from the U19 crew and given them a professional contract. He was the last in the row. If we only had space for five contracts, he had perhaps not received one, " says Lars Søndergaard to the Gazet van Antwerpen.
The five other players who were promoted in AaB in the summer, Magnus Christensen, Rasmus Thellufsen, Sebastian Green, Bardhec Bytyqi and Morten Rokkedal.
- We saw him as a good træningsspiller - one, we to training could place in various positions. Joakim was schooled as kantangriber, but you could use him anywhere. We were so in need of an offensive set right back, so we let him get some appearances for the reserves, " explains Sondergaard.
The belgian newspaper has also spoken with Allan Farms, there are the sports director in AaB, and he also tells that Scrooge Mæhle were far from the biggest talent in the club.
- Before he was promoted to A-squad, I asked a group of our trainers, who would first break through. No featured Scrooge, says Allan Farms.
Joakim Mæhle has a contract with Genk until the summer of 2020. The belgian club tops the league.