Youri Tielemans would thrill Everton; but are they merely a stepping stone?


The Belgian prodigy has hinted that he may be interested in a move to Everton.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

In case you hadn’t noticed, Everton no longer need to operate on a shoestring budget thanks to the arrival of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. Not that they’ve had too many opportunities to flex their financial muscles thus far with Morgan Schneiderlin and Yannick Bolasie the closest they have come to a marquee signing.

However, if they were to swoop for one of the world’s most exciting young talents, a superstar-in-waiting linked with every European giant from Manchester to Madrid, it would certainly get people talking.

And Youri Tielemans, the supremely talented Anderlecht playmaker who appears to have graced the game forever despite his tender 19 years, has admitted that a stunning switch to Goodison Park is not out of the question despite the Champions League football and the exposure on offer elsewhere.

“It’s what’s best to progress step by step," Tielemans told Walfoot when asked about a potential move to Everton. "What [former Belgian national team manager] Marc [Wilmots] says, it’s good to not burn steps and to avoid ending up on the bench and not getting game time.

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"It’s what’s best for every footballer, I think.”

However, while Toffees supporters could be forgiven for suffering bouts of giddiness when imagining the prospect of arguably Europe’s most in-demand teenager arriving on Merseyside, Tielemans doesn’t exactly paint the picture of a long-term legacy at Goodison Park.

In fact, reading between the lines, it’s fairly clear that he views Everton, and teams of that ilk, as a stepping stone en route to the top of the continental game.

Anderlecht's Youri Tielemans

Think about it; he suggests that a move to one of the established elite may threaten his chances of regular game time, meaning a move to a somewhat smaller pond could give him room to grow.

Chances are, Everton would be fortunate to hang on to Tielemans for more than a season or two.

But would the fans accept their club being used as a shop window? Even for a tidy profit and a few dazzling performances?

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