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WONDERKID: Youri Tielemans

Name:  Youri Tielemans       Age: 18 years old (May 7, 1997)    

Club: R.S.C. Anderlecht

League: Belgian Pro League      Height:  cm,  5’8       Position: DM/CM

He is a young playmaker from Belgium who has been impressing scouts and fans alike from all over the world. And, he is currently the youngest ever Belgian player to play in the UEFA Champions League after making his debut when he was just 16 years and 148 days old. With, such high levels of confidence and ability, this teenager is destined to be one to watch out for in the future. And according to Paul van Himst, former Anderlecht and Belgium player’

” With his skills and quality, he forces opponents into mistakes. He can play the long ball and launch attacks. His age is not important. He will only get better with playing matches.”


He has short and bulky build, with this, the result is a player with incredible balance on and off the ball. Very hard to knock him off the ball. He isn’t blessed with load of pace but he is slightly faster than the average central midfielder. However, for his age, he has incredible strength on and off the ball and is tenacious in his defensive work and also the same with the attacking. This has made him a very versatile player in the centre of the pitch, he is a natural box to box midfielder with his incredible stamina and strength, but he is also a great defensive midfielder with his athleticism and intelligence.


He is very skilled in this respect and his playing style does have shades of a young Axel Witsel. His best skill is arguably his passing ability, not only is his vision impressive but so is his passing range and consistency. Youri Tielemens can also play the attacking midfield role because he has a good eye for goal with his powerful long range shots. However, he doesn’t show this side of his game as often as he should. Also, he is very skilled dribbler and very ambidextrous in everything he does.


Tactically, he is very intelligent which has seen his coaches in Belgium in trusting him with such a crucial role at the middle of the park, at such a young age.  He has incredibly high levels of concentration when he does his defensive duties, very rarely does he let the opposition pass him with ease. He never dives into tackles which makes it incredibly difficult to get rid off him when he is marking you. He reads the game very well which leads to him getting a lot of interceptions in games against some of the best midfielders in world football. For such, a young central midfielder, he has shown incredible displays in which he has bossed midfielders who are highly regarded in world professional football.

Potential: (Elite Class)

********* (9/10)

Youri Tielemens is possibly the best teenage central midfielder in world football right now. Not only is he physically ready for regular but he is tactically more equipped than other midfielders his age. He has potential to one day be among the very best players in world football and is capable of playing for some top European teams right now.


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