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Obbi Oulare finally back among the goals

Forgotten man Obbi Oulare rediscovered that scoring feeling yesterday for the first time in nearly a year and a half.

The hulking Belgian striker, who is on loan at Belgium outfit Zulte-Waregem for the season, came on as a 53rd-minute substitute yesterday and drew his side level within 12 minutes against Standard Liege. However, Waregem, who had a man sent off in the first half, went on to lose the game 4-1.

“Glad to be on the scoresheet again after 15 months,” Oulare wrote on social media. “Disappointed with the result as we deserved more tonight.”

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Ironically, Oulare’s last goal also came against Liege – in a 7-1 win for Club Brugge in April last year. Since then Oulare has only started one competitive game – the FA Cup win over Newcastle United – and hadn’t found the back of the net for Watford, the club’s under-23 side or his new adopted club in Belgium.

Oulare will be hoping the goal can resuscitate his career. He arrived at Watford for a reported fee of €8m having just played in the Champions League but was limited to just 50 minutes of senior football under Quique Sanchez Flores. Forty-five of those minutes came in the FA Cup third-round tie with Newcastle. He lost his place in the Belgium Under-21 team as a result.

Picture by Paul Dawson
Picture by Paul Dawson

He hasn’t managed to get many more minutes at Waregem – just 13 minutes before yesterday’s 53rd-minute introduction – but Waregem having been going great guns and are top of the league.

Elsewhere on the loan players’ front, Mario Suarez played 80 minutes in Valencia’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla while Steven Berghuis was an unused substitute as Feyenoord scored twice in injury-time to draw 3-3 with Utrecht. That was the fifth game in the last six that Berghuis has been named on the bench by Giovanni van Bronkhorst.