By Scott Taylor
Youri Tielemans is the latest player to be linked with a move to Liverpool, as the transfer rumours start to gather pace, even with the January transfer window still being under three months away. The youngster is a defensive midfielder who has come through the ranks at Anderlecht, and after many impressive performances for the Belgian side, Brendan Rodgers is interested in bringing him to Anfield. Tielemans, 17, has made 44 appearances for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League, scoring three goals and raised eyebrows when he became Belgium’s youngest ever Champions League player aged 16 years, 4 months and 25 days in their game with Olympiakos.
It was a surprise that he made his debut in Europe’s elite competition just three months after his league debut for his hometown side. As well as representing Anderlecht since 2002, Tielemans has also represented his country and Under 15 and Under 16 levels. Since then, he scored ten goals in fourteen games and has since leapfrogged from Belgium Under 16s to Belgium Under 21s, bypassing four age groups as a result.
Tielemans has been tipped to replace Gerrard at Liverpool, but with the breakthrough of Jordan Rossiter, and the signing of Emre Can, it is more likely that one of those will replace the iconic Liverpool midfielder. The 17-year-old mainly sits in front of Anderlecht’s defence and helps keep possession for side. Despite his defensive focus in game, Tielemans has potential to burst forward and get in goalscoring positions as well as start attack with his long balls.
Despite being linked with Liverpool amongst other Premier League sides, there is one major complication with regards to his potential move, and that is that his parents want him to finish his studies in Belgium before considering moving away from Belgium for footballing reasons. It is not just English clubs that are interested in the starlet. Borussia Dortmund, who made it clear they were interested in him, had a £4.5m bid turned down, and there is rumoured to be interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.