Brighton & Hove Albion’s new signing Leandro Trossard moves to the Premier League after nine years on the books at KRC Genk, a spell that included numerous loan moves and a memorable 2018/19 campaign for the winger.
After joining Genk’s youth academy in 2010, Trossard was thrown into senior action two years later at the age of 17, making a short substitute appearance against KAA Gent.
Another substitute appearance followed during the 2012/13 season, but almost four years would pass before Trossard’s next outing for Genk, due to a handful of loan moves to Belgian clubs.
First, Trossard joined Lommel SK for the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, and it proved a positive start to regular senior football for the youngster as he found the back of the net seven times in 12 matches.
The winger switched to KVC Westerlo for the 2013/14 season, and he tasted promotion to the Jupiler Pro League after scoring three goals in 17 appearances in Belgium’s second tier.
Despite reaching the top flight with Westerlo, Trossard’s services were required back in the Proximus League [second division] again for the 2014/15 season, as he returned for a second loan spell at Lommel SK.
Trossard took his goalscoring exploits to a new level, scoring 16 goals in 33 league matches, but the winger was unable to secure back-to-back promotions, with Lommel SK missing out by nine points.
But Trossard was finally given the opportunity to prove his worth in Belgium’s top division when a loan move to OH Leuven was agreed for the 2015/16 season, after the club had recently won promotion.
OH Leuven struggled to get to grips with the Jupiler Pro League and returned straight to the second tier, but Trossard scored nine goals in 31 matches, while also claiming seven assists.
Trossard made his long-awaited return to Genk for the 2015/16 season, and the winger enjoyed his busiest season to date, featuring 51 times and helping them reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Injury disrupted Trossard’s progress during the following campaign as he made just 19 appearances in all competitions, but the Belgian returned fit and raring to go ahead of Genk’s 2018/19 title-winning season.
Trossard was an influential member of the team throughout the season, hitting an impressive 22 goals from the left wing - eight of which came during 11 matches in the Europa League.
Not only was Trossard potent in front of goal, the winger’s fine passing range led to 11 goals for his team-mates. He was also given the armband towards the end of the season, before lifting the Jupiler Pro League trophy.