Bongiovanni currently plies his trade with Standard Liege in the Belgian football pyramid, although he has been the target of interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.
A 15-year-old attacking midfielder, Bongiovanni could be the latest in the long line of talents coming from Belgium, with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Charly Musonda currently signed to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. The youngster could soon be turning out alongside Spurs’ own Belgian talents, and he is sure to relish training alongside full internationals Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Moussa Dembele.
Despite being linked with a number of European clubs, Spurs are said to be leading the race for his signature after the youngster’s agent named the North Londoners when revealing interest in his protege. Quoted by talkingthfc, Franco Lovino told Cannavale: “Adrien has interest from Spurs, but Tottenham isn’t the only club: other English clubs want Bongiovanni, some Italian clubs too. He’s a very interesting player with brilliant future.”
With all this interest in the youngster, he is sure to have a bright future, so here are five facts on the Belgian who could be turning out in the Premier League in the not-too-distant future.
1) A 15-year-old attacking midfielder, Bongiovanni has been praised for his pace and technical abilities, and his composure in front of goal has seen him utilised as an out-and-out striker for his club.
2) He has won four caps for the Belgian Under-16 side, and netted twice in a 4-3 victory over their English counterparts. He is also a frequent fixture in the Red Devils Under-15 side, and it is likely he will be advancing through the age groups should his good form continue.
3) He has yet to turn out for the Standard Liege first-team, but he has been a revelation at various youth levels, scoring goals and claiming assists way past the level of his teammates. He has hit double figures for both statistics in recent seasons, and his form caught the eye of French club Lille - who developed Eden Hazard into the player he is today.
4) Regarded for his goalscoring talent, the youngster has admitted that he prefers playing as a creator, telling LaMeuse in 2012: “It is as a playmaker I feel better. My pleasure is to play in others. It is this role that I prefer.” The same report also likens Bongiovanni to Spurs legend Luka Modric.
5) Belgian by nationality, but Italian by origin, the youngster has also been the target of interest from his homeland, with a number of Serie A clubs reportedly keen taking him off Standard Liege’s hands.