Anderlecht’s next big thing? “Rayane Bounida (14) is top European” | Jupiler Pro League

We went in search of the secrets of Anderlecht’s youth academy. We could not ignore Rayane Bounida. This is considered the upcoming talent. The young attacking midfielder has already won several individual awards, has a contract with Nike and an Instagram account with more than 300,000 followers.

Urbain Haesaert, head scout at Anderlecht from 2010 to 2018, is lyrical: “He is a European top player. He is an incredibly good player, who has all the necessary qualities. He sees it all and is always free, the assumption is perfect, left- and right-footed no problem. “

“He has an immediate action, he frees himself up with a very short turn and he plays deeper as soon as he can. He speeds up the game. He doesn’t dribble to dribble.”

“Charly Musonda, for example, did. Sorry, but I have never been for Musonda. He was a very good player, but he played for himself, for the podium. That was always take the ball and dribble, dribble, dribble to show how good he was. But he never thought ahead to the goal scoring phase. “

“Bounida always thinks forward and looks for depth. And he will also support and score.”

“He is still small and will have to grow a bit. He will never be number 9, but he is an incredibly valuable fielder who can take on a lot of positions. He is so strong both technically and tactically.”

Haesaert is currently working as a scout for Ajax and is therefore interested in the boy who shares Belgian and Moroccan nationality: “Of course. But who doesn’t: Barcelona, ​​Manchester, Chelsea, everyone wants Rayane Bounida.”

Kindermans, head of the youth academy of Anderlecht, at first pretends he doesn’t know Bounida, but can only agree wholeheartedly: “Rayane is an exceptionally good football player. I’ve been in the business for 15 years and I’ve seen few of that level.”

“With Rayane it will mainly be: keep your feet on the ground, there is still a long way to go. From a technical point of view we can hardly teach that boy anything. There are other aspects of football in which
he still has to take steps. ”

“But that boy has a fantastic family. His father is very down-to-earth and knows the steps that still need to be taken. Those people know where we want to go with Rayane and others of his class. That is a matter of patience,” work hard and command a little bit of luck. ”

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