Reported Southampton target Yari Verschaeren compared to Hazard by former teammate Bolasie

Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on February 12, 2018 in London, England.

Premier League outfit Southampton reportedly want to sign Anderlecht starlet Verschaeren - who certainly caught the eye of Yannick Bolasie.

Yari Verschaeren midfielder of Anderlecht shoots the ball in front of Birger Verstraete midfielder of Gent during the Jupiler Pro League Play - Off 1 match between RSC Anderlecht and KAA...

Stocky, diminutive, Belgian born and blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire at his foxtrotting peak, it seemed only a matter of time before Yari Verschaeren was compared to Real Madrid’s 100 million euro man Eden Hazard.

The latest fresh-faced wonderkid to emerge from Anderlecht, a club who gave the world Youri Tielemans, Vincent Kompany and Dennis Praet, Verschaeren shot to fame with a glorious goal against Italy at the U21 European Championships in July. But he has been catching the eye in the homeland for far longer than a few months.

The attacking midfielder scored twice and set up four more goals during a fabulous breakthrough season at the Constant Vanden Stock, emerging as one of the few bright sparks in a miserable season for fallen giants Anderlecht.

 

And, according to Calciomercato, he has now emerged on the radar of Southampton.

A move to the Premier League appears to be on the cards and if Verschaeren is half the player Eden Hazard became at Chelsea, The Saints will have one hell of a talent on their hands.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on February 12, 2018 in London, England.

"I immediately noticed Yari,” Yannick Bolasie told Voetbal24 in the spring after joining Anderlecht on loan from Everton. “In the first few days. I thought he was a younger brother of Eden Hazard. Then I started calling him Eden.”

Anderlecht president Michael Verschuren agrees.

“He has a lot of potential, he makes me think a little bit of Eden Hazard. He knows how to turn quickly and play very quickly,” the general director told DH Net.

Full-backs up and down the country must have breathed a sigh of relief when Hazard boarded that plane to Madrid. But is his long-term successor set to take his place on English shores?

Yari Verschaeren midfielder of Anderlecht -  Yannick Bolasie forward of Anderlecht celebrates pictured during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Antwerp FC and Rsc Anderlecht in...

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