This weekend sees two Belgian centre-forwards meeting up in a Midlands derby. It’s probably the first time this has happened and it’s fair to say that 12 months ago, neither Romelu Lukaku nor Christian Benteke would have been expecting to be playing at the Hawthorns this weekend. Lukaku was 16 when I first saw him… Read More »
The Jupiler Pro League has lost some top performers in the past two years (Courtois, De Bruyne, Witsel, Defour, etc.) but there are always new faces coming through. It’s far too soon for Anderlecht to cash in on the likes of Dennis Praet but there are players who have either served their time or who… Read More »
Tonight, Lokeren play Standard Liege and the Belgian media has been focusing on a young South African, Ayanda Patosi, who plays for the Flemish club and who was relatively unknown until a few weeks ago. But, in football, one man’s dream opportunity can lead to someone else’s big break. Last summer, Genk centre forward Christian… Read More »
On Sunday night I drove to Brugge to watch Georges Leekens’ Club Brugge play Zulte Waregem. I went with the specific aim of watching four players: Thorgan Hazard and Franck Berrier of Zulte Waregem, together with Vadis Odjidja and Carlos Bacca of Club Brugge. Obviously you can’t judge a player on one performance but I… Read More »
A different story about Matias Suarez appears every day. Last Thursday he was on his way to CSKA Moscow for the sum of €16 million, with €11 million going to Anderlecht and the rest being shared between several of his agents. On Friday, it was all off; medical tests had shown a knee problem (not… Read More »
A new season so here’s my idea about the ‘Top Ten Talents’ coming through in the Jupiler League. I’ve changed the criteria so that now they must be younger than 20 and currently in the first team squads. That means I can’t include a couple of players I really like: Anderlecht playmaker-to-be Fernando Canesin and… Read More »
Jordan Lukaku will be 18 next month. Unlike his elder brother at that age, he’s not a regular in the Anderlecht first team. Also unlike his brother, he’s an extremely confident young man. Not that Romelu is a shrinking violet, but young Jordan likes to take life head on. Towards the end of last season,… Read More »
A few days ago I read an article in La Dernière Heure reporting that a young 17 year-old midfielder had signed a three-year contract with Standard Liege. The player in question was Reda Jaadi, an U17 Belgium international not really on my radar.
Then today, the same paper announced that his brother Nadil, 15, is likely to sign a three-year contract with Anderlecht. He is said to be brightest star in his age group. But wait; there are two even younger brothers – both already signed up with clubs in Belgium.
This got me thinking about the bands of brothers that are breaking through in the various levels of Belgium’s international teams and wondering how many will make it to the top…
Belgians are the flavour of the month; not a day goes by without clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City or Real Madrid being linked to a likely Belgian lad. Eden Hazard is a top favourite, but Jan Vertonghen and Axel Witsel are not far behind when it comes to rumours. So, a bit early… Read More »
As we approach the Playoffs, here’s my idea about the ‘Top Ten Talents’ coming through in the Jupiler League. My criteria are that they must be aged 20 or less and have played in the Jupiler League, at least for a few minutes. That rules out any of Anderlecht’s Musonda brothers (no games yet) and… Read More »