Maxime Lestienne is a Belgium U21 winger who has only just turned 21, and he currently plays for Club Brugge in the Jupilor Pro League, and Maxime is one of the most promising young Belgian players coming through.
Maxime Lestienne – Belgium U21 International winger
This is another article in our series of good young players that Newcastle may be wanting to sign now or in the future.
Lestienne joined Belgium club R.E. Mouscron when he was just five years old, and he eventually signed a professional contract with them in 2008 and made his debut in December 2008, in a 5–1 home victory against Club Brugge, when he came on as a 80th minute replacement.
At that time he was just 16 years old, but then Mouscron went bankrupt in December of 2009 (yet another one) and they folded and ceased to exist.
And as a result Lestienne was available as a free agent, and Everton and PSV Eindhoven were interested in the player, but Lestienne finally signed on at Club Brugge.
Last season the left footed left winger scored 18 goals in 47 appearance for Club Brugge, and in total he has played around 125 times for his Belgium club with 34 goals.
On the web-site transfermarket.com, he is rated at €9M, which is about £7.7M, so he’s not cheap, but Newcastle could (possibly) afford him, and of course he could become much more expensive in the future, if he develops into a top player on Tyneside.
This lad looks a very good player in the making and only turned 21 last month, and we wonder if Graham Carr has been taking a look at this youngster.
What do you think?
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