The CIES Football Observatery has ranked Samuel Kalu as 17th in a list of the 50 most promising talents in Europe, just behind Justin Kluivert of Ajax Amsterdam.
The 50 teenagers with the best career prospects in Europe
CIES analysed the minutes played by each footballer and weighed them according to the sporting level of leagues and the results achieved by employer clubs. Based on that analysis they made a ranking of the U20 players from 22 European competitions which cumulated the most domestic league experience during the last two years. The CIES observes these 50 players have the best prospects of a great career in the top of European football.
Donnarumma, Mbappé and ... Kalu!
Ten players received a 5 star rating. CIES sees these 10 as capable of establishing themselves in the very best European teams. In the top three positions are Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alban Lafont (Toulouse) and Kylian Mbappé (PSG/AS Monaco).
After the top 10 come 18 players with a 4 star rating (including Samuel Kalu) of which CIES states: "All of these players have a concrete possibility to spend the big part of their career in the most competitive European championships."
After a poor first half, Gent was losing 0-2 following goals by Mechelen's Tainmont and Rits. Coming out of the locker room, Gent showed a totally different face and Janga headed Kalu's assist in the net. The visitors faded away and Yaremchuck's header leveled the score. Gent even came close to winning, but goalkeeper Coosemans saved his team.
KAA Gent secured their tenth (!) consecutive home win against K Sint-Truidense VV zijn tiende (!). After just 15 minutes, Kubo took the lead for Gent. The visitors fought back, but couldn't get past Yannick Thoelen. Upon returning from the locker room, Kitsiou quickly got a red card, leading his team to lose strength. Yaremchuck doubled the lead (2-2) and Janga put the final 3-0 score on the board, following an assist from Foket.
KAA Gent dominated the first half, but only managed to create a handful of chances to get through Eupen's well-organised defense. Even though Eupen hadn't created any chances, they did take the lead right before the break. The second half saw chances on both sides, but Gent then increased the pressure, especially after a red card for Eupen's Kone. In the 89th minute, Janga's header secured the much deserved draw for Gent.
KAA Gent won the Battle of Flanders against Club Brugge (2-0). Before the break Gent wasted some chances, but after the break they got what they deserved: Andrijasevic headed Kalu's corner into the net (1-0). Later, Gigot missed a penalty, but Kalu then kicked the rebound in (2-0). With this, The Buffaloes secured their 9th win in a row.
In this battle for the 4th spot in the ranking, the Buffaloes dominated the majority of the game, even though that didn't result in many chances in the first half. Gent did open the score through a header from Yaremchuck, but Limbombé leveled for Antwerp right before the break. After the break, Gent created many chances but Antwerp's goalkeeper Bolat prevented the Buffaloes from claiming a well-deserved win.
2018 got off to an excellent start for the Buffaloes as they won the East-Flemish derby against Lokeren with 3-0. In the first half, Yaremchuk was the most prominent player, but Verhulst stopped him from opening the score. Right before the break, however, Yaremchuk did manage to score and Gent took the lead. After the break, Yaremchuk doubled the lead following an assist from Andrijasevic. Substitute Chakvetadze then put the cherry on the cake and scored the third goal of the night. With this, KAA Gent did not only secure the win, it also reclaimed the fourth place in the league ranking.
Two friendly games in a row is clearly exhausting. Following a 0-1 win against FC Nürnberg yesterday, the Buffloes suffered a 3-1 loss agaisnt FC Union Barlin today. The game was live streamed on Facebook. Gent took the lead in the first half he game (0-1) thanks to an amazing kick by Anderson Esiti, but didn't get to scoring again in the second half. The second half was started with 8 new players; Thomas Foket, Noë Dussenne and Louis Verstraete were the only players from the starting 11 that played the second half.
Today's friendly game (the first of two) against FC Nürnberg ended in a 0-1 win for the Buffaloes. Gent dominated the whole game, but couldn't get through the strong and closed defence of the Germans. A late penalty by Samuel Gigot saved the day for Gent and resulted in a well-deserved win.
KAA Gent and RSC Anderlecht seemed to be equally strong in the first half of the game, and it was Gent who had the best chance to score in the seond half, but Sylla's kick was saved by Anderlecht goalie Sels. Fifteen minutes before the game ended, Anderlecht found a second breath and took the lead. Gent came very close to the equaliser through a free kick by Milicevic, but had to settle for a 0-1 loss in the end. The Buffaloes, however, end the year after a fantastic comeback in which they secured a place in the top 6 of the ranking.
In an exciting first half, the Buffaloes created the most chances, but Standard's Sa had the biggest opportunity to score, which was stopped by a very fine safe from Kalinic. After the break less chances were create, but right before the end of the game, Gigot seemed to have sealed the win for Gent with a header. Referee Laforge, however, disallowed the goal, even though it was entirely unclear what foul it was based on. As a result, Gent saw its win taken away and had to settle with a draw.
KAA Gent did not manage to qualify for the semi-finals of the Belgian Cup (Croky Cup). Rougeau opened the score for Kortrijk, but Sylla levelled quickly. However, Kortrijk took the lead again with not one, but two goals before the break. Gent was the stronger team after the break, but Kortrijk's goalkeeper Kaminski defended their lead. In the end, Stojanovic even managed to score a 4th goal, putting the final score (4-1) on the board and eliminating the Buffaloes from the cup.
KAA Gent conceded an early goal against KV Kortrijk, but Yaremchuk managed to level quickly. Still within the first half hour of the game, Yaremchuk then also gave Kubo an assist, causing the Buffaloes to take the lead. As the more balanced second half saw no goals, Gent booked their 6th win in a row.
The contract of Tess Tekie, the Swedish-Eritrean midfielder, was extended with one extra year (until 2021). Because he needs more match rhythm he will be loaned out (without an option to purchase) to the Swedish side Östersunds FK fror 18 months starting from the 1st of January.
The Belgian Pro league awarded KAA Gent with the title Pro League+ Gold for best football in the community organization in Belgium. It’s the second time in only four years that the KAA Gent Foundation receives this prestigious award.