One year after rupturing spleen, Jonathan De Bie looks a great Tottenham Hotspur talent

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The Belgian talent is in fine form and is captaining the under-18 side.

 

Fans walk down Wembley way towards the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.Fans walk down Wembley way towards the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

One year ago this week one of Tottenham Hotspur’s young talents suffered a potentially fatal injury whilst representing his country. Teenage goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie collided with an opponent during Belgium’s under-17 clash with their French counterparts.

He carried on playing the game, but collapsed afterwards, according to a report from Het Nieuwsblad. The 16-year-old suffered a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding and was rushed to the intensive care unit of a French hospital.

It was a terrifying incident for the young player, who had to take some time off from the game to recover afterwards.

Now, one year on, it is a testament to him as a player that he is thriving. The Belgian talent featured for the under-18s this afternoon against Southampton and even captained the side as he continues to show the maturity beyond his years and look a big part of the future at Tottenham Hotspur.

De Bie was signed from Excelsior Mouscron in the summer of 2016 after a successful trial. He also trained at Liverpool for a while and is being tipped as a future successor to Thibaut Courtois for Belgium.

Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea collects the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2018 in London, England.Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea collects the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2018 in London, England.

The mental fortitude he has shown in the past year is certainly an attribute that Spurs will want to exploit in the long run.

Expect to see De Bie in and around the first team at Spurs in the near future.

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