The influx of Belgian players to the Premier League has been substantial over the last 24 months, and the amount of top talent coming out of the European nation shows no sign of slowing down.
With Marc Wilmots’ men making the World Cup in Brazil next summer, it appears that the current generation are set to live up to their potential.
The future is looking bright for Belgium also, with a number of excellent young players set to be stars of the future.
Two of the brightest talents are being linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all thought to be keeping tabs on Anderlecht pair Dennis Praet and Youri Tielemans, according to British media sources.
Both teenagers played for the Belgian side in last week’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain and have been featuring regularly for Anderlecht domestically.
Praet is the more experienced of the two players, and at 19 looks like he could be a real star. A technically gifted attacking midfielder, the former Genk youth player made his debut for Anderlecht back in 2011.
After getting time on the pitch to impress last term, Praet has been an ever-present this season, and has netted twice in 12 league appearances. His range of passing, balance and ability on the ball has caught the eye, and it appears that the teenage sensation could leave his homeland for a step up soon.
Tielemans is in his debut campaign in senior football and despite only being 16 has shone for the Belgian side. Already playing for an impressive Belgian under-21 national side against players five years his senior, the future looks extremely bright for the teenager.
Tielemans netted eight goals in ten games for Belgium under-16’s last season, and has adapted well to the rigours of senior football. His appearance against PSG made him the third youngest ever player to play in the Champions League.
Both immensely talented, Praet looks like a player that could well be ready to play in the Premier League. Tielemans is a prodigious talent but needs more senior football before leaving his homeland.
Along with the London trio, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus have all been accredited with an interest in the pair, with Anderlecht’s Constnat Vanden Stock Stadium a favourite for top European clubs’ scouts.
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