Newcastle United scouts on Thursday night were reported by the Belgium press to be at the Europa League game between Anderlecht and Gabala, which the Belgium side ended up winning 3-1.
The web-site Purplespirit have suggested that Newcastle are interested in a couple of top Anderlecht youngsters – Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker.
Youri Tielemans – 19 year-old Belgium U-21 midfielder
Youri Tielemans is a 19 year–old central midfielder who has already played 14 times with 6 goals for the Belgium U-21 side and he has played 143 games for Anderlecht with 21 goals, since making his debut in 2013 when he was just 16 years old.
Tielemans is the youngest Belgian player ever to play in the UEFA Champions League when he made his Champions League debut at the age of 16 years and 148 days.
Youri is considered one of the brightest young prospects in world football and it makes sense that Newcastle are watcing this player.
Leander Dendoncker is a 21 year-old defensive midfielder who has played for all the Belgian Youth sides and once for the full Belgium side.
Leander Dendoncker – 21 year-old Belgium defensive midfielder
The 6ft 2ins tall player can also play in central defense and he’s played 81 times for the Anderlecht first team.
Newcastle have already done some good business with Anderlecht having signed both Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic last summer from the top Belgian club.
It is an important season for Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez will be keeping in close contract with Chief Scout Graham Carr on which players he is watching.
The plan is that we will (hopefully) get straight back to the Premier League next May and that being the case Rafa Benitez will want to strengthen the squad further by bringing in some new players.
Rafa is also keen to get some top young players into the club and both of these players seem to be very good from what we can tell.
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