No matter what the competition is and in which sport, spectators want to see the best competitors taking the field. In football this is no different. All of the squads have now been announced for Euro 2016 and there are numerous high-profile absentees from this year’s tournament.

Out of all of the players that will be absent from the 15th edition of the European Championships, you can compile a very competitive squad and one that would probably challenge for the trophy.


England’s Jack Butland fractured his ankle during England’s 3-2 win over Germany in March, just after he had been given his chance by Roy Hodgson to stake a claim to become first-choice. Our other two keepers, Ron Robert Zieler and Kevin Trapp, haven’t missed out due to injury, but because of the shear wealth of talent that Germany have in goal.


Real Madrid team-mates Raphaël Varane and Daniel Carvajal were both called up for France and Spain respectively. However, Varane picked up an injury in training ahead of the Champions League Final and Carvajal limped off in the aforementioned game with a muscle injury. Belgium’s captain, Vincent Kompany, sustained a thigh injury during the Champions League semi-final second leg and will be a big miss for the Red Devils. 20-year-old Luke Shaw suffered a double broken leg during Manchester United’s Champions League defeat last September and isn’t yet fully recovered. Bayern’s Javi Martínez has had a season disrupted by injury and there were question marks over his fitness ahead of the Euros.


Spain are blessed with a wealth of talent in midfield and that is why Juan MataIsco and Saúl Ñíguez have been omitted. If the trio were of another nationality, then you would have seen them playing in the Euros this summer. Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla was excluded having just returned from a long-term knee injury. Lass Diarra has enjoyed a renaissance this season and was part of France’s squad for the Euros. Unfortunately he had to pull out of the squad after suffering a knee injury during a 3-2 friendly win over Cameroon last week. Italy have arguably been hardest hit in midfield with certain starters Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio missing through injury, significantly weakening their squad. New Manchester City signing, İlkay Gündoğan, will be missing his second successive tournament due to injury.


Gündoğan’s former team-mate, Marco Reus, is also set to miss out on a second consecutive tournament due to concerns over his fitness. Germany will also be missing Karim Bellarabi who was cut from the provisional squad as Joachim Löw has gone for the more experienced Lukas Podolski and André Schürrle. Chelsea’s Diego Costa was omitted from Spain’s squad due to not fitting their style of play. Danny Welbeck scored 6 goals for England during the qualifiers but a knee injury that will keep him out until early 2017 has forced him to miss the Euros. Hosts France will be missing the attacking trio of Karim BenzemaAlexandre Lacazette and Hatem Ben Arfa. The former has been omitted due to an impending court case, whereas the other two miss out due to the wealth of attackers at Didier Deschamp’s disposal.


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Part 3 of Tom Curren’s “Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016” series, and he highlights three more players to watch. If you’ve not read Part 1 or Part 2 then we recommend reading them.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)

Russia are no strangers to showcasing talented youngsters at the European Championships; four years ago, a 21-year-old Alan Dzagoev lit up the big stage with a number of sparkling performances. Europe’s biggest clubs were all notified and subsequently linked with the attacking midfielder but, now 25, Dzagoev still plies his trade in his home country with CSKA Moscow – the club at which young Aleksandr Golovin is writing headlines.

At just 19, comparisons between Golovin and Dzagoev don’t end with just their clubs. They’re both midfielders (though Dzagoev is far more attack-focused) and the former, just as the latter did in 2012, has a fantastic chance to put himself on the transfer lists of the world’s biggest sides by performing in the European Championships.

Though he’s only very recently broken into the senior Russian side Golovin has already scored two goals for his country – one being a wonderful volley against Lithuania that followed a sublime piece of chest control – meaning he has forced himself into contention for a place on the plane to France. Very clearly a supremely talented technician, Golovin might well find himself starting in midfield as Russia look to circumnavigate a tricky group that includes England and Wales.

If he does perform well during the group stages, expect Golovin to receive prolonged media attention in England. However, it would probably be unwise to take any prospective Premier League links seriously at this point; like Dzagoev four years ago, Golovin is likely to remain in Moscow as he continues to develop.

Andrei Ivan (Romania)

It looks like Petr Cech won’t be the only scrum-capped player at this years European Championships; Romania’s flying teenager Andrea Ivan also wears the distinctive headgear, though that’s where the similarities between him and the big Czech goalkeeper end.

Ivan is one of Europe’s hottest properties despite his tender age of 19; the attacker has already been scouted heavily by Barcelona, and figures of up €4million are being discussed. It’s not a particular surprise that Ivan is interesting the Catalonian giants, as the tall forward possesses many qualities that are often discussed in relation to Barcelona and their famous La Masia academy. He’s quick, he’s great with the ball at his feet and he has more tricks up his sleeve than your average street magician – if he does arrive in France, expect fireworks.

Ivan is still very raw, which is reflected in his meagre three caps thus far. His final ball and decision making are questionable at times, and he probably doesn’t score enough goals for a player who’s supposed favourite position is centre-forward.

However, his unpredictable nature might be to his benefit as he looks to secure a place on the plane to France. As a smaller nation and one who find themselves in the host’s group, Romania might look to include an ‘x-factor’ in their squad; that’s something Ivan absolutely possesses, and his participation at the tournament would add a real sense of dynamism to a group that France are expected to breeze through with ease.

Jordan Lukaku (Belgium)

Yeah, you’ve heard that name before.

The brother of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku just might be the answer to Belgium’s recurring and damaging full-back problem; Red Devil’s boss Marc Wilmots has almost exclusively played centre-halves in Lukaku’s position for years, which has meant his side has lacked the explosiveness a true specialist brings to that role for a long time. Though Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are all fine players, they all lack the dynamism, speed and skill that Lukaku offers.

The pressure on Belgium to perform at this tournament is far greater than many might expect – the so-called ‘golden generation’, which features some of Europe’s finest players, has so far underwhelmed – which is why Wilmots may be reluctant to play Romelu’s 21-year-old brother in France. That may well prove to be a mistake.

Though Jordan is a defender, there are shades of Romelu’s game in everything he does: in the way he powers past people, in the bag of tricks he often deploys to beat a man, in the speed at which he crosses the ground. Though Jordan has not yet made the leap to one of Europe’s biggest sides in the way Romelu did, he’s been biding his time, nurturing his talent wisely at Oostende, where he’s guaranteed to start.

This summer may well be the opportunity Jordan Lukaku needs to put himself in the shop window of the Premier League or beyond and, should Marc Wilmots take the plunge and start the flying full-back in place of one of his ageing centre-halves, expect the younger brother to perform.

About the author – Tom Curren

Writer & freelancer. Author & editor of, a website dedicated to comprehensively profiling those whom the mainstream football media might miss.

twitter: @tomocurr


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It comes as no surprise to see his name on our young talents blog – Youri Tielemans! This boy celebrates his 19th birthday on May 7th and despite his young age, he is already being tracked by some of Europe’s elite clubs.

His talent was clear to see from the age of 6, when Anderlecht signed him for their youth team. He became a regular in the team and at the tender age of just 16 years old, he played in Champions League for the first time against Olympiacos.

Which club will sign him? When he was 16 years old West Bromwich, Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg were interested in him. But now that he has become a regular in Anderlecht starting line up, the likes of Bayern Munchen, Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester United as well as a host of other top clubs are hoping to sign him.

Youri Tielemans is a fantastic young player and shows that you can put faith in youth on Soccer Manager.

So what is it that this young prospect has, that has made these clubs fall in love with him?

He’s skillful, possesses very good short and long range passing ability, and has an incredible first touch. He has good vision and possesses the balance, strength and tackling ability needed to be effective in a number of different positions. He usually plays as a central midfielder but because of his incredible versatility, he has also been deployed in offensive and defensive roles.

Mentally he’s very mature, and over the years his coaches have stated that he learns from mistakes and plays the role of leader in the dressing room.

There are some areas of his game that he has to improve on. His lack of attention when his team is not in possession and  lack of passing precision when he is put under pressure from the opposition are two key areas. He also needs to work on his  shooting and finishing abilities. As he’s not a forward, he doesn’t need to score a lot of goals in his role. His main task in the role of playmaker is to control the play and provide assists for his teammates. However if he wishes to become a more complete player, which he is fully capable of, he would need  improve these areas of his game.

He is offensive by nature, but because of the physical nature of his game, it would seem that he would be better deployed in defensive roles.

All of his weaknesses are easy to fix and as the latest member of Belgium’s golden generation, the foundations are in place for Tielemans to hopefully develop and become one of the best midfielders in Europe.

About the author – Marco Santanche

Marco was born in Rome and supports Inter because of Luiz Nazario Da Lima Ronaldo. He is a Brazilian citizen because of his father’s roots. He played futsal for several years, even in the FIGC (Italian FA) as a winger, playmaker and striker. He is now studying for a degree in finance.


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It is easy to forget that Romelu Lukaku is just 22 years of age.

The current campaign is the centre-forward’s fifth in English football, and before that he also spent two full seasons playing for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League. The striker has already made 197 league appearances in his career and a further 50 in domestic and continental cup competitions, scoring a total of 103 goals for first club Anderlecht, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and current side Everton. He is also in possession of 41 international caps, with 11 strikes to his name for Belgium.

It is a remarkable level of experience for someone so young, particularly as all but one of Lukaku’s career league outings have come in the top division. It could also be argued that, because many assume Lukaku is older than he is, they judge him by higher standards than would ordinarily be applied to youngsters in their early 20s.

There is no doubting, though, that the Belgian is a player of exceptional potential. Lukaku has already become one of the Premier League’s top strikers, with seven goals in 12 appearances this season evidence of his goalscoring potential.

His all-round game has come on leaps and bounds, too. In previous years, Lukaku was widely criticised for his poor first touch and underdeveloped back-to-goal play, with his inability to hold the ball up and bring others into the game often leading to his team’s attacks breaking down.

It is an element of his skill set that the 22-year-old has clearly been working on, however; Lukaku loses the ball a lot less easily these days, with his assist count (four already this term compared to five in the whole of 2014/15, six in 2013/14 and four in 2012/13) evidence of the improvements he has made when it comes to combining with team-mates.

It is often said that even the most talented young players need to spend time in the gym to bulk up and avoid being knocked off the ball too easily. With Lukaku, the opposite has been the case: even as a teenager, the physical side of his game was already well-developed, with the technical part the one that needed working on. Pleasingly, the striker’s showings for Everton this term suggest that the latter area of his game is quickly catching up with the former.

“He was raw [when Everton signed him] but you look at potential and we invested heavily,” Toffees manager Roberto Martinez said of the £28 million man after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United, in which Lukaku found the back of the net after rounding goalkeeper Adrian and slotting the ball home.

“We could see the type of player he could be and his mentality. He is driven by landmarks and those [goal] statistics are very important. There are no complications and he is getting better. He is very receptive and for me he is a dream.”

Martinez also joked that the burly Belgian was actually worth £55 million after reports emerged earlier that day that the Merseysiders had slapped a £45 million price tag on his head. It remains to be seen whether another club will ever deem the striker worth that amount, but his recent performances have certainly increased his value and, at 22, Lukaku has enough time on his side to get even better.

About the Author – Greg Lea

Freelance football writer. Work published by FourFourTwo, The Guardian, World Soccer, Goal, The National, Squawka, Eurosport, The Blizzard + others.

Twitter @GregLeaFootball


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It wasn’t that long ago when the only Belgian name mentioned in relation to a transfer deal in the Premier League was Bosman. It’s easy to forget that prior to the Belgian revolution in English, and wider European, football, the only noticeable names to play for Premier League sides were Jonathan Blondel, Luc Nilis and Branko Strupar. Throw in Philippe Albert, perhaps the best of the early Belgian imports, and the contrast between the 90s and noughties in Belgian football is stark.

By noughties, we of course mean recent history, perhaps 2008 onwards. Much has been made of the abundance of talent emerging from the Low Country as they finally secured qualification for a major tournament finals for the first time in over a decade last year.

Many will ponder how this sudden success has come about? Success is, however, a gradual process. Belgian football didn’t wake up one morning and realise it had serious talent coming through the ranks. There was a clear emphasis placed on the innovation and development of coaching techniques across the national game, particularly at academies that had the resources to invest in youth.

After the golden generation – not a term I personally enjoy using, but best sums up the feeling in Belgium for this particular generation of players – of the 1980s and early-90s, Paul van Himst and latterly Georges Leekens set about devising a training programme that would be widely available to clubs across the Kingdom. Van Himst, a playing icon in his day, was manager during the twilight and post-period of the Pfaff-Gerets-Scifo era, thus inheriting a football power on the way out.

His philosophy was simple, and it mirrored his education of the game during 16 fruitful years at Anderlecht. His tally of 233 goals in 457 games tells only half the story; van Himst was a pioneer, encouraging the development of technical football, incisive passing and countering at pace during his career. He played ahead of his time. Former manager Pierre Sinibaldi famously said:

“Paul is as quick as Pele. He thinks as fast too. His only weakness? He’s Belgian.”

Van Himst adopted this forward thinking and creative philosophy during his managerial career. He spoke of quicker transitions during his early years as national team manager and predicted a future game based on the speed of countering. Furthermore, he urged Belgian academies to coach these principles. Gone were the days, for van Himst at least, of controlled built-up attacks. He wanted to see a greater emphasis on speed of play and technical efficiency.

Perhaps the latter of the two points was a natural progression. Belgian football has always been synonymous with technical players. A reversion back to the aforementioned Belgian players brings together one telling attribute; technique. Even Albert, a predominantly defensive player, was astute in either central defence or midfield.

Leekens matured the early van Himst philosophy. Another legend in his playing days, Leekens was a highly regarded coach within national circles having lived a nomadic existence since retiring from playing in 1984. The reality of his first appointment to the national team role can be summed up in one word: underachievement. While Belgium qualified for World Cup 98, they finished a disappointing third in the group stage. However, his work beyond the national team ensured the legacy of his early appointment remains as worthwhile as qualifying for the finals in France.

Leekens placed a great emphasis on coaching the foremost young trainers at home. He would organise seminars and coaching sessions that focused on technical development and increasing the speed of play. How quickly could a team counter? At what pace? These were the questions he asked himself and those who were tasked with coaching the next generation of Belgium’s footballers. He noted that a successful counter should be played at six metres per second.

It was one of his most enduring legacies that’s evident across world football today. Real Madrid and Manchester City are as adept at countering as anyone. Frequently they travel at seven or eight metres per second. It harks back to the coaching methods that Leekens demanded from academy coaches across the nation. This, of course, isn’t to say Leekens pioneered counter attacking football, it had been around for generations, but he brought it to the forefront of Belgian coaching.

A look across the national team today and the evidence of speed of play coaching is clear. Hazard’s prominent strength is travelling with the ball at speed. Benteke enjoys turning and shooting early. Mertens, De Bruyne, Mirallas are much the same. Witsel plays early; he’s no ball dweller. You can continue, Chadli keeps it moving as does Fellaini. Dembele travels at speed.

Although not all the players received their education in Belgium, the rate of their development while playing for schoolboy national teams did much to innovative their style of play. Even the defenders are adept at travelling at speed. Vertonghen and Alderweireld enjoy attacking open spaces – they want to instigate quick attacks.

Aside from the coaching philosophies implemented at youth level, there has also been a conscious effort to invest in facilities. Standard Liege spent €18 million on their academy, more than many of Europe’s elite sides. But this outlay was recovered on just one graduate of the production line – Fellaini – when Everton paid a Belgian record €20 mllion in 2008.

And the new coaching infrastructure was well and truly in the black when talented midfielder Axel Witsel was snapped up by Benfica for almost €9 million. Witsel has since moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg for €38 million – testament to the quality of player coming through the ranks since the investment.

Genk also invested heavily in their academy, spending close to €3 million on improving pitches, indoor training facilities and the scouting network. It may seem a petty figure but it represents a huge outlay for a club of Genk’s size. This figure was recouped almost instantly following the sale of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea. Since that investment, the club has also signed a development agreement with Liverpool.

Their coach exchange shares ideas and philosophies while players from both clubs are given the chance to train alongside their foreign counterparts. Long term, Genk will develop players for their own benefit as well as the national team. Courtois is now firmly the number one keeper for the national team; no mean feat considering Simon Mignolet’s talent.

Anderlecht and Club Brugge have also invested heavily and are reaping the rewards of a modern coaching philosophy at youth level with the emergence of Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans and formerly Romelu Lukaku. His €15 million move to Chelsea represented the first major sale of the new academy era at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Tielemans, perhaps the nation’s finest talent from the ’97 age group, is destined for a big-money move elsewhere over the next couple of years.

Many will argue that the sale of the country’s best young players hinders the growth of the national game. While in some regards this is true, reality will always outgun potential. The footballing and financial lure of the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga will attract players from most nations.

Belgium is still not at the stage where they can produce players for their own league. Not even Brazil is there yet. The emphasis should be placed on players being developed effectively for the national team then sold for a large profit.

Consequently clubs can invest in youth facilities and more expensive imports for the first team. It’s a gradual process but if five or six clubs in Belgium can produce a consistent batch of talented youngsters, not only will the national team benefit from a greater talent pool, they will recoup any investment they make in the academy. Only then can a league grow and attract top players as monetary power is prevalent.

Longer term the league can grow and retain its best youngsters, but only after a sustained period of selling and generating funds that help attract players from abroad. Brazil, alongside its national economic growth, is beginning to experience this today. The league is able to retain some of its better players. The lure of moving abroad, once facilitated by the desire to earn more, is now as much about experiencing a different lifestyle as earning the big bucks.

Major League Soccer would do well to follow the Belgian model. Produce players for the national team, sell, reinvest and recoup once again.

The potential for growth and continued evolution across the Belgian game is colossal. Academies that followed the early van Himst and Leekens model and invested in youth development are now reaping the rewards with the graduation of numerous players to the first team.

The next stage of development will require further investment as Belgian academies begin looking to attract youngsters from abroad early in their career. Scouting and bases in lands outside the Kingdom will come at some cost, but much like the infrastructure outlay, the potential to regenerate and recover this cost is evident.

The national team is blessed with an abundance talent. The way things are going, perhaps the Jupiler Pro League will be next.

About the author – Omar Saleen

Based in London, Omar is the editor-in-chief at These Football Times. A professional coach by day having worked at clubs including Fulham, QPR and Red Bull New York, he also writes freelance for a number of outlets.

twitter: @omar_saleem


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Celta Vigo’s exciting attacking starlet, Theo Bongonda, who signed from Zulte Waregem in January, was made to wait patiently for his first La Liga start by manager Eduardo Berizzo. Despite making sporadic appearances for the club since his arrival, a starting debut had so far been something that eluded him.

Bongonda completely understood it wasn’t going to be easy to replace the likes of Nolito and Fabian Orellana to force his way into the starting line-up, though.

“This season I was expecting to feature more prominently, but the coach is the one who decides. I have two players who are very good in front of me, Orellana and Nolito, and that competition means I have to do more in training,” he said.

However, in matchday six of this La Liga campaign, his exhaustive wait ended. All his hard work in training had finally paid off handsomely, as Berizzo granted him his wish by naming him in the starting line-up against Eibar.

Despite a slow opening to the contest from the Belgian, Bongonda worked his way into the match nicely from his station out on the left, in a game where he duly repayed his manager’s faith.

“I struggled to adapt to the rhythm of my teammates but with the passing of minutes I felt much better,” he said on the match.

After his initial period of adaptation, he began to showcase so many of the attributes that make him such a special talent. Blessed with searing pace, whenever afforded time and space to run at Eibar, he was a massive threat. In tandem with his lightning sharp change of direction, incredible strength, and excellent dribbling ability, Bongonda proved a real handful for Eibar (especially for David Junca, Eibar’s left back).

One moment in particular, on 16 minutes, encapsulated his individual brilliance and penchant to change a game as a result of this. Here, after an in-dispute ball bounced in the middle of the pitch, he leapt up dynamically and beat one half of Eibar’s central defensive pairing, Aleksandar Pantic, and cheekily knocked the ball beyond him. Then, he showed off his explosive pace to latch onto his header and beat the other half of Eibar’s central defensive duo, Mauro Dos Santos, to the ball. Santos tried in vein to stop him from breaking through, but Bongonda comprehensively outmuscled him, sending him crashing to the ground in the process. The rampaging Celta number 17 now only had Eibar’s keeper, Asier Riesgo, between him and scoring one of the goals of the season. Unfortunately for him, though, his side footed attempt was superbly saved.

As a consequence of his wonderful skillset, Bongonda unsurprisingly was a huge weapon for Celta in counter attacking situations too. In such scenarios, where his unpredictability on the dribble sees him equally comfortable beating his opponents by cutting inside or by going around the outside, he presented an extremely tough proposition for Eibar to manage.

It was also important to note that his movement without the ball saw him add an additional layer of danger, particularly in terms of space creation for teammates, but also by way of giving himself a good chance to make an impact in the final third.

He’d often look to make outside-to-in runs, which would effectively drag his opponent, Junca, infield with him. By doing so, oceans of space now became available for Celta’s left back, Jonny, to maraud into, while Bongonda, courtesy of his neatly executed runs, also got into excellent positions to receive balls over the top or in behind.

His enthralling duel with Junca got even more interesting when he undertook his defensive duties. He’d track back vigorously, press purposefully and impose himself physically on his adversary by flying fearlessly into tackles and throwing his weight around at every opportunity. Exuding a touch of rashness and overzealousness in his stopping efforts could have easily gotten him into trouble. But this wouldn’t have necessarily been viewed as a bad thing by his manager, for Berizzo would’ve unquestionably appreciated Bongonda’s intent to win the ball back.

So after an evening in which he covered an impressive 8.9km, the Belgian U21 international deserved plenty of praise for his encouraging body of work.

Even though his starting debut was overwhelmingly positive, there’s still plenty to work on for the gifted youngster. There’s still a sense of rawness attached to his play, which can see him momentarily lose concentration and commit errors. At just 19, and working under the thorough and expert tutelage of Berizzo, Bongonda will be given every chance to develop into the finished article. And the club will be fully expecting him to do just that.

“I am happy to play football in Spain and pleased with my progress. I have taken great steps not only tactically but also technically. Everything goes much faster. In Spain, every detail counts, and the difference with Belgium is huge,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

“The season is long and see what happens in the future. I feel I am important in the team and can play a key role. The coach told me to trust him long term. I have learned a lot since I got here. I learn a lot with my colleagues because the league level is higher.”

He’s a player who undoubtedly adds another dimension to Celta, who can be deployed on either flank, and this should see him earn many more minutes as the season rolls on.

For the forseeable future, though, it’s most likely he’ll have to be content predominantly featuring as an impact player off the bench. But what a great weapon he’ll be to throw on against tiring defences, who’ll find him a colossal handful.

In a fascinating side story, he’s actually great mates with Manchester City’s fine young defender, Jason Denayer, who’s currently on loan at Galatasaray. The pair have retained their strong friendship from their days at the Jean-Marc Guillou academy and are in regular contact with one another about life and football.

“I know him (Denayer) from childhood. In the academy we became close friends. We hear each day about all kinds of things,” he explained.

“We’re more than just football friends.”

He then went on to explain the sort of sacrifices he’s needed to make to reach the professional level.

“At 12, I entered the JMG academy and it was no joke. We were locked in, no friends, no family, we only had a few days of vacation per year,” he recalled.

Hearing the phrase “family always comes last” from Bongonda, who sadly even had to miss his sister’s wedding in August due to his preseason exertions with Celta, gives an insight into the harsh realities that are inherent in the life of a footballer.

Even though it must be hard for him sometimes, it’s clear to see how dedicated and driven he is to make it as a top level professional. It’s refreshing to see that despite the fame and riches that come with being a pro, Bongonda remains humble and supports his family with his earnings. He also makes sure he prays everyday – something his father instilled in him from an early age.

In a footballing and a human sense, Bongonda is unquestionably an excellent acquisition by the Galician club, who staggeringly only cost the club around £1 million. There’s every reason to suggest with his brilliant attitude and keen willingness to learn that he should progress into something very special.

You know Bongonda, who’s one of only three Belgians in La Liga (alongside Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Thomas Vermaelen) will do everything in his power to reach the upper echelons of the sport. He’s already sacrificed so much to get where he is today.

Expect a similar trend to continue in his quest for stardom – his tremendous dedication to his craft will see to it.

About the author – Edward Stratmann

Edward Stratmann writes regularly about the on-field aspects of the game, with a particular focus on tactics and analysis. In addition to featuring on These Football Times, Inside Spanish Football, Anfield Index, Just Football, The Eagles Beak, Think Football Ideas and JuveFC, you can also find Edward’s work at Licence to Roam, a football blog he started with his brother in 2013.

twitter: @licencetoroam


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