With over 170 appearances at just 19 years of age, Youri Tielemans is certainly one of the more experienced youth prospects, and is starting to live up to and meet the very high expectations placed on him as a 16 year old making his UEFA Champions League debut.
The Belgium central midfielder, who usually operate as a box-to-box attacking midfielder, has doubled his tallies from previous seasons, scoring 17 goal and making 10 assists in 41 games this season.
He form this season has really started to improve since the turn of the year, netting 7 goals in his last 8 appearances, and earning the captains armband for 4 league games.
Interest from Premier League clubs is ever-increasing, with the likes of Arsenal, Everton and West Ham lining up a move for the young Belgium.
Belgium boss and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has recently come out saying whilst he must continue to challenge himself, and that a transfer is not necessary.
Youri himself has spoken on the matter in Belgium newspaper Nieuwsblad, saying “”I do not need a transfer, not really. After the season I’m going to sit together with my agent to take stock.”
Arsenal has to be Tielemans least suitable option, with their being such a divide in the fan base and an indecisiveness and lack of ambition to move the club forward.
The futures of Wenger, Sanchez, Ozil, Wilshere and many more are very much in the air and it would seem a top 4 finish would be the only factor to potentially tempt Tielemans to make a move to the Emirates.
West Ham are also in for Tielemans and, after a fantastic farewell season at Upton Park, the Hammers have been very disappointing this year under Slaven Bilic, who’s future at the club is in question should they continue in this form.
The move to The London Stadium has provided a lot of frustation and disappointment on and off the pitch, however with the likes of Dimitri Payet gone, Youri Tielemans could be the star to fill his shoes.
Everton, under the highly rated manager Ronald Koeman, have been fantastic this season, looking like a very confident and revitalised side compared to last year under Martinez.
Continuing to comply with his philosophies of inducting youth into the first team, young stars such as Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have made great impacts from the bench and in the starting lineup.
Youri would be partnering along sides the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Ross Barkley and Gareth Barry in midfield and, if Everton hold onto Romelu Lukaku, we could see Everton become a favourite to make the top 4.
At the price tag of around €18m, it is certainly a risk I think Everton should be taking to capture one of Belgium’s standout young talents, and implement him into the exciting Everton project which Koeman is undertaking.
His experience and maturity will help settle in England, and advice from Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and international teammates such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas could really help sway his decision in the summer.