Newcastle seem to be doing a lot of scouting in Belgium this season and it’s a good question which players we are really after.
Rafa Benitez has recently said they are already working on which players we may want to sign in January, but he and Lee Charnley are also looking forward over the next three transfer windows.
One area of the team we will need strengthening in the summer is in central midfield, where we need more creative spark to create those chances.
Youri Tielemans – 19 year-old Anderlecht play-maker
Jonjo Shelvey is starting to play well for us and he’s certainly a good addition from what we had last year as far as midfield creativity goes – which wasn’t much.
One player in Anderlecht’s side who is attracting a lot of interest from top clubs is 19 year-old central midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Youri made his first-team debut against Lokeren back in July of 2013, and in the following October he became the youngest Belgian player ever to play in the UEFA Champions League.
He started the match against Olympiacos at the age of just 16 years and 148 days and he has already played 143 times with 21 goals for Anderlecht – and he doesn’t turn 20 until next May.
So this lad is a top young player in anybody’s book and normally Newcastle wouldn’t have a chance of signing the teenager.
But if we can get promoted back to the Premier League for next season then Newcastle with Rafa Benitez in charge can challenge any club for any top player.
Rafa has an excellent record of bringing youngsters through and we have already signed a couple of good Anderlecht players in the last 16 months in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.
But we will have no chance at all if we cannot make it back to the Premier League in May, which is why promotion is so important this season.
Youri has a Belgian father and a mother of Congolese descent and he came through the Anderlecht Youth Academy; he’s already played 14 times with 6 goals for the Belgium U-21 side.
He is one of the best teenagers in Europe at the moment and would be a tremendous signing for us if we can pull it off.
What do you think?