The Belgian talent machine continues to provide, while we salivate with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi (yes, he is getting better), Eden Hazard (he will get back to his best) and Jan Vertonghen doing incredibly well -might have missed a few names – there is another player who is set to join the ranks, Youri Tielemans.
The 18-year-old has been incredible during his time at Belgian club Anderlecht and has often been the match-winner for the side and has been linked with a move to a bigger club. Arsenal have been linked with the youngster along with Chelsea, Liverpool and now Atletico Madrid as well and we look at what makes him a player that everyone wants.
Another Belgian star in the making
Tielemans is the product of the Anderlecht youth academy and signed his first contract with the club in 2013 when he was just 16. He does have a record to his name by becoming the youngest ever Belgian player to take part in the Champions League at the age of 16 years and 148 days.
In 2015, the Anderlecht player also was called up to the senior Belgian squad for a Euro 2016 qualifier and was even given the award of the Belgian Talent of the Year in 2014.
Tielemans has played in almost three complete seasons and has scored 16 goals in 123 appearances for the Belgian club side. Tielemans is someone who plays in the middle of the park and can play either as an attacker, defensive midfielder or a central midfielder, which is something that will come in handy if he does sign up for a big team.
His valuation according to many sources has also shot up from paltry 1 million euros in 2013 to around 12 million euros in 2016, while Spurs are reportedly willing to pay £15m plus add-ons for the youngster.
His best position would be to use him as a box-to-box midfielder who can do a bit of the defensive duties though that isn’t the strongest point of his game. He does have a lot of creativity and great control of the ball. Tielemans also is comfortable with the ball on either foot and that would be great in deploying him on either side of the team.
The 18-year-old is also great with his delivery and can be a threat in dead-ball situations. His rather slight frame could be something he has to work on if he is to succeed in the Premier League. Another problem with him is his rather poor goal-scoring record, though he is more of an attack-minded player, his final contribution isn’t the greatest.
All points do lead to the fact that he can become one of the best Belgian talents if he is given the right tutelage. It could be time for him to move to another club who can train him well and seeing how well the Belgians are doing at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino should try to sign him up, that would be the best for both sides.