Date: 28th June 2018 at 4:00pm
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The club have announced that left-back Cheick Keita has joined Belgian club KAS Eupen on a season-long loan.

He spent last season out on loan at Bologna, and it seems the Malian doesn’t figure in Garry Monk’s first team plans for the upcoming campaign.

Fans were disappointed that the 22-year-old wasn’t given a chance during pre-season:

Verdict

Eupen do play in the Jupiler Pro League, Belgium’s top division, and although it is a step down from Serie A, he will likely get more game time during his second loan spell away from St Andrew’s.

I do find it a bit strange though that this decision wasn’t delayed for a few weeks. The move has likely been in the works for a while, but Monk could have given him a chance to impress during pre-season before sending him out on loan again.

He may not have been the best defensively, but as many other fans say, he could have been an asset further up the field on the wing. Obviously, the manager doesn’t think so though, so it’s probably wise just to trust him on this.

 
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