Belgian press criticise Moses Simon amid Spurs speculation, Gent chairman responds

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Belgian media aren't impressed with Gent's Moses Simon.

Belgian newspaper Sportwereld have been highly critical of Gent forward Moses Simon - and chairman Ivan De Witte has responded to the recent criticism for the youngster.

Simon, 20, joined Gent from Slovakian side Trencin back in January, and made a roaring start to life with the club, hitting seven goals in 20 games.

Expectations were high as the diminutive speedster entered his first full season with the club, but it's fair to say that he hasn't lived up to the billing so far.

With no goals to his name this season, Simon has struggled to replicate his form from last term - and Sportwereld have been critical of his performances.

"Moses Simon made a great impression on his debut in the Jupiler Pro League, but the impact of the Nigerian youngster has decreased already for several months now," they wrote. "But what the cause of the poor performance is right now, AA Gent really rather not communicate."

Recent speculation from the Daily Mail has linked the wide man with a January move to Tottenham Hotspur, with Mauricio Pochettino's men still looking for additions in the final third, and it would be fair to wonder whether the rumours have got in to Simon's head - though chairman De Witte has stated that they still believe in Simon, and are giving him medical treatment to help him get back to full tilt.

"We're giving Simon very good medical treatment and guidance," said chairman Ivan De Witte. "I expect that we will see the Simon of last year again in January. We now need him to keep coming back to level. I still believe in that boy," he added.

Simon's situation is intriguing now, with rumours over a January transfer and now medical issues cited, and if Spurs truly are pursuing his signature, Pochettino and the Tottenham scouts should think twice before making a move in the New Year, with the youngster having a tough time in Belgium right now.

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