Watford and Wolves loan reject in sensational scoring start to new season

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Geoffrey Mujangi Bia is in incredible form for Standard Liege this season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford have both, in recent years, had the pleasure of having young Belgian international Geoffrey Mujangi Bia on loan at their club.

Wolves were the first to bring him in to the club. Mick McCarthy brought him to the Molineux in 2010 on an 18 month loan spell. But he barely featured for the club in that time period - playing just 69 minutes of league football.

At the conclusion of the 2010-11 season Bia signed a deal to play for Belgian outfit Standard Liege - making a permanent switch from Sporting Charleroi to do so.

Despite a promising first season with the club he was told last summer that he was no longer in the plans of Liege - and loaned out for the season to Watford.

But in a team full to the brim of loan talent he failed to make an impact - and the right to exercise a permanent deal this summer was waived by the Glory Hornet Boys.

So it seemed like bad news for Bia. He was now back at Standard - the team that 12 months ago told him he was no longer wanted.

But he had a solid pre-season - one which earned him a second chance in the starting line-up of new manager Guy Luzon’s side.

And he has not disappointed.

He scored in the opening game of the season away to KV Mechelen and this weekend took his good form to another level - bagging a hat-trick against Lierse SK to take his record to four goals in his opening two games.

And he is still young - at 23-years-old he will even harbour hopes of adding to his two international caps for Belgium.

Here is his hat-trick and exceptional performance against Lierse…

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