Youri Tielemans, earmarked as one of the world’s brightest teenagers, turns 20 in May.
The highly-rated midfielder is expected to make an inevitable move from Anderlecht, having developed significantly in recent seasons and Monaco are said to have agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to sign him, although the player, aware that clubs like Arsenal have been scouting him, has not made up his mind.
So what would Arsenal get if they signed him or miss out on of they don’t?
As for his weaknesses, Tielemans needs to be aware of his tackling technique and cautious when making hefty challenges. With eight yellow cards this season, it’s clear that he should be more mindful when committing to 50-50 challenges and tackles which are not so clear-cut.
In addition to this, he needs to further strengthen his levels of physicality. Although he is an agile and technically gifted player, it will reduce the likelihood of sustaining injuries. After all, he is targeted by Jupiler League opponents as someone to press and challenge in possession – who’s to say this wouldn’t happen in more competitive leagues too?