by Andrew Doulton - 10th December 2015
Making his name in Belgium for his home club Anderlecht, Youri Tielemans is fast becoming one of the best talents in the world of football. Tielemans was born in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw just outside Anderlecht to a Congolese Mother and Belgian Farther.
Tielemans was just 16 years and 82 days when he made his professional debut for Anderlecht in the 3-2 loss against Lokeren. Tielemans talent quickly shone through as he went on to win the title that year with Anderlecht, playing in 29 Pro League/Playoff games.
The 2013/2014 season also saw Tielemans become the 3rd youngest player ever to feature in the Champions League at just 16years and 148days. Unfortunately for Tielemans, Anderlecht was on the end of a 3-0 home defeat against Olympiacos. He would go on to make a total of 4 appearances that season during the group stages of the Champions League all at the age of 16.
The 2013/2014 season breakthrough season was wrapped up when Tielemans was voted young player of the year in Belgium for 2014.
The success did not stop there, as he was part of the team that one the Belgium super cup at the start of the 2014/2015 season. Tielemans went on to make 43 domestic appearances, 6 champions league appearances and 2 Europa league appearances during that season scoring 8 goals. In January 2015 Tielemans was also voted the nations most promising newcomer.
On the international stage Tielemans has also been progressing at a rapid rate. He has represented Belgium for the U15s, U16s and the U21s. With the exceptional form and progression it was only natural that he would be called up to the senior set up, however he is yet to win his first cap.
Tielemans started his Anderlecht professional career in the holding midfield role but he has shown great versatility, being able to occupy roles across the midfield. He has good athletic abilities and he is good on the ball with the ability to play a match winning pass. Perhaps the most evident of Tielemans abilities is his composure and leadership, which is a rare commodity in somebody at that age.
It is easy to say why here at Fan Formation we rate Youri Tielemans as one of the best prospects in world football. At just 18 he has made 92 domestic topflight appearances, 10 Champions League and 7 Europa League. He has been linked with most of the big clubs in Europe and surely it is only a matter of time before that happens. As for the international stage, surely it is only a matter of time before he cements his place in a very good Belgium team.