Montes Moves to American-Owned Molenbeek

Crystal Palace’s Jacob Montes was confirmed by Belgian second-level club Molenbeek to be making the very short move over from Waasland-Beveren, where he has been on loan since the summer.

Just two days after American businessman John Textor became RWD Molenbeek’s major shareholder, the team has made their first January signing, bringing Montes to the Brussels suburb.

Montes signed for Crystal Palace of the English Premier League last May and was quickly sent off on loan as he was not able to acquire a British work visa. 

On July 31st the midfielder moved to the Belgian second-division side, which is partially owned by American co-managing partner and minority owner of Crystal Palace. 

The loan move was said to be for the entire currently-ongoing season but Palace pulled the plug on that move, probably due to a troubling lack of playing time. 

He did score once, against Excelsior Virton in early October in the 4-3 goalfest, however the Californian only made nine appearances so far, all off the bench, and played a measly 105 minutes.

Montes will look to find more playing time at Edmond Machtens Stadium as Molenbeek fight for promotion to Belgium’s top flight.

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