Cyril Ngonge, 18 million euros plus bonus for one goal. Napoli expects more

Expectations up Cyril Ngonge they were perhaps a little too high, certainly al Naples he hasn’t satisfied them, but time is on his side. After a career start in Club Bruggewith whom he also played 5 matches with the first team, moved to PSVbut played a season with the Under 21s. The real first step among the greats took place in 2020-2021, when in 21 games with the shirt of Waalwijk scores 5 goals and provides 2 assists. Another lap, another run, although this time he seems to find a little more continuity. To the Groningen in fact he remained for a year and a half, scoring 47 goals and scoring 16 goals.

In January the Verona he strongly believes in him and for just 550 thousand euros he signs him up and adds him to the squad. The Belgian proves to be a truly fundamental piece for the salvation of Zaffaroni’s team, scoring 3 goals in the regular season, but above all the decisive double in the survival play-off against Spezia in Reggio Emilia, which crowns him as the yellow-blue hero. Everyone is waiting for him, he doesn’t suffer from the pressure and responds presently: 6 goals and 2 assists in the first 19 of 2023-2024.

He’s not a top player, but he’s starting to tempt even the big names, especially those who need to get back on their feet after a difficult start. There are 18 million euros plus bonuses disbursed by Naples for him in the winter transfer session. The Neapolitan club, however, is in a hurricane, continuous changes of coaches and a poor ranking complicate his inclusion and so in 13 matches, including one in the Champions League and 12 in Serie A, he produces only one goal. Too little for what he cost, too little for someone with his qualities, but also too little to define it as a bad purchase. Certainly now he needs a reversal of the trend. Cyril Ngonge turns 24 today.