Wonderkid World 11 - 2016-2017
Right Back - Hector Bellerin
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Right Back – Hector Bellerin
Like the goalkeeper position, there was one young player that really stands out in the right back position, that player is Hector Bellerin. The young Spaniard is already an automatic first choice for Arsenal and he has also been starting to get more time within the very talented Spanish national squad.
Hector Bellerin Moruno was born in Barcelona on the 19th March 1995. Like most talented players from the region, Bellerin began his footballing career with Barcelona at the age of just 6 years old. It was at Barcelona he would stay and steadily progress his way through the various youth teams at his boyhood club. AT the age of 16 Bellerin decided to move to Arsenal, in order to gain an opportunity to play first team football.
It was during his time in youth football with Barcelona that Arsenal decided to make a move for the talented young player. With Bellerin turning down a new deal with the Catalan giants, Arsenal were able to sign Bellerin for a small compensational fee (Reported 400k). Bellerin actually started his career as a right winger, but it was at Arsenal and under Steve Bould that Bellerin moved from a young winger to a top class right back.
Since his move to Arsenal the only way has been up for Bellerin. It was just two years after signing for Arsenal that Bellering made his debut in the League cup against West Bromwich during extra time. Two months later Bellerin was sent on loan to Watford to gain some important first team experience. At Watford he made eight appearances in total with the loan being extended until the end of the season, however arsenal recalled Bellerin during February 2014. Since then it has been a meteoric rise for Bellerin at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Bellerin is now considered one of the first names on the team sheet for Arsenal and has now amassed over 70 games. When he does not play, Arsenal really do not have the same threat moving forward or when being broken against.
Bellerin has had similar progression at International Level. Bellerin represented Spain through each of the youth teams, however the senior cap did take a little longer to materialise. This has to be down to one factor and that is the strength of the Spanish national team and its recent success. Bellerin would have clearly progressed allot quicker internationally if he had been of different nationality. The first cap would come for Bellerin though on the 29th May 2016 in a friendly against Bosnia. This was followed up with an inclusion in to the Spain Squad for Euro 2016, however he did not feature for Spain in the competition.
There are a number of clear strengths to Bellerins game that result from his time as both a right winger and a right back. His biggest attributes have to be his pace and ability to run with the ball. With the full back role now becoming so much more he really does have these key core attributes. Bellerin also has good movement when looking for an overlap, has a good footballing brain that allows him to find a pass and also pick out a pass in the box.
Even though Bellerin is one of the best young players in World football, he does still have weaknesses that could result from his early career as a right winger and his offensive position on the Arsenal right. Bellerin does often get caught out of position on the counter attack, luckily for him his pace can help him recover in some situations. Another aspect of his game which could be improved would be his awareness whilst defending, we raise this as he has been caught out a few times in an Arsenal shirt. Perhaps the final aspect of his game that could be better may be his finishing. We know he is a right back but he spends so much time attacking and with teams dropping deep, having the ability or confidence to cut in a take a shot could result in another part of his game being developed.
What does the future hold for Bellerin?
Well Bellerin is contracted to Arsenal until 2022, but that does not always mean that much in football. There is rumoured interest from cash rich Manchester City and also from his boy hood club Barcelona. With the contract so long Arsenal would be able to command a huge fee in the market, however it is safe to say whether he stays at Arsenal or moves on to a new club he continue to grow in to arguably the best right back in world football. The biggest challenge for Bellerin appears to be nailing down his position as Spain’s number one right back.
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FIFA 17 - Player Rating 80
FIFA 16 - Player Rating 74
FIFA 15 - Player Rating 61
PES 2017 - Player Rating 80
PES 2016 - Player Rating 77
PES 2015 - Player Rating 60
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