Scouting Report: Youri Tielemans
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Youri Tielemans is a Belgian central midfielder, born in 1997, who from an early age started playing senior level football for his hometown club Anderlecht. The Belgian midfielder from the beginning of his career was seen as a child prodigy, winning young player of the year awards, and in his last season with the Anderlecht Tielemans shirt he took home two awards the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year: 2016-17 and he was also placed in the UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2016–17.

In the following season, Tielemans moved to Monaco for 25 million, where for 1 and a half-season he was unable to prove his worth on the pitch. Then comes Leicester, where he first arrives on loan, and then in the summer of 2019, the Belgian moves definitively for 45 million, becoming the most expensive purchase in the history of Leicester.

Since arriving in Leicester, Tielemans has been playing extraordinary football, in 132 games overall for the Foxes he has scored 23 goals and produced 22 assists. The Belgian this season in the Premier League is surpassing himself, in fact in just 15 games played he has already reached 5 goals and 2 assists, close to exceeding the 6 goals and 4 assists of last season where he won the award for the best player of Leicester 2020/21. Looking at him you can see a highly intelligent and technically gifted playmaker, with many nuances to his skillset which make his impact to be both remarkable and brilliant. The Belgian does many things which habitually fit the image of a top-class playmaker. Youri Tielemans can influence the game in several ways. He’s a player who looks to optimize space and possession but is skilled in progressing the ball in passing and dribbling if needed. His versatility and effectiveness are depicted not by his quality on the ball or physically, but by his intelligence. His awareness and ability to stay composed in high-pressure situations allow him to execute his ideas consistently at a high level. Tielemans can be considered a very complete midfielder, one who can play as a box-to-box role, a holding midfielder but also as a classic “mezzala”. 

All this is thanks to his great adaptability to midfield, a player who has a lot of class to perform the construction of maneuver, and then perfect in both short and long passes. In defense, Tielemans offers ample support. With intelligent positioning, he looks to capitalize on the aggression of his partner Ndidi with recoveries and efficiency in his tackles.

Youri Tielemans is a superbly talented player who truly improves the quality of this Leicester side, and there is no doubt about that. On top of all that, Leicester won for the first time after 137 years the FA Cup final, with a magnificent goal from Tielemans against Chelsea. Turning 25 years old in May of this year and with his contract currently expiring in 2023, the Belgian midfielder already has many eyes on him and may be tempted to try to join one of Europe's Big Clubs.

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