Cyriel Dessers has now gone on to reveal that he would most likely have stayed back at Genk had fellow Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu left for a bigger club as widely predicted.
Getting into the Genk first team was a big hurdle for Dessers, no thanks to the awesome form of Onuachu.
But he said he believes he would have been able to compete with whoever replaced Onuachu.
“All summer I assumed that Paul would leave and that I would compete with his replacement for a starting spot. Ten days before the closing of the Mercato I became nervous and realized that I had to take my destiny into my own hands,” he told HLN.
Dessers said the real turning point was when he was an unused sub in a league game that Genk were winning comfortably.
“When I stayed on the bench for 90 minutes in the game against OHL even though it was already 3-0, I knew it was over.
“A few days before I had scored in Kiev against Shakhtar and I assumed that I would play against OHL again,” Dessers concluded.
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