‘What did you just say?’ The transfer of Jelle Vossen to Club Brugge came like a bolt from the blue to many a Club fan. The final day of the Summer window saw not only the signing of Leandro Pereira and Mikel Agu, but also that of the Belgian forward. Vossen had had an extremely successful time at KRC Genk, and after loan spells at the English Championshiop, he seemed ready for a new step, and saw a great opportunity in Club Brugge. Sly as a fox, Vossen poses a constant threat to any defense, and comes with buckloads of experience.
Born and raised in Bilzen, Lilmburg, Jelle seemed destined to make it at KRC Genk. He joined the locals youth ranks at the age of eleven after his first playing years at Eigenbilzen and KSK Tongeren. In February 2007, Vossen's offical debut came at 17, scoring the only goal of the game against Roeselare. Eager for more playing time, the young striker headed for CS Bruges on loan. In 17 games, he netted six goals, which attracted the attention of the Belgian top teams. Vossen insisted on giving it a real go at Genk, however, and took a flying start, scoring 14 in 11 games, and making it to the hearts of every KRC Genk fan in no time. Genk steamrolls through the competition, ending as champions with an outfit mainly consisting of their own youth players.
Vossen made it to the captain's band at Genk, but the team fails to achieve the same glory as under coach Vercauteren's reign. In the Summer of 2014, the forward is sent out on loan to English first league team Middlesbrough, where he makes his way to the score line 8 times in 38 games. Middlesbrough is happy with his performances, but allows Vossen to return to Genk, where he takes on the preparation of the season. English Burnley offers a way out, but a couple of weeks later his wife informs him she's not feeling comfortable in England; enter Club Brugge. The final day of the mercato takes Vossen to Club, where he swiftly becomes one of the key players in Club's dressing rooms. His many goals showcase his worth to the team.