By Danny Wright
Anderlecht legend Paul Van Himst believes that it is too soon for Youri Tielemans to leave Belgium after reports Tottenham are interested in him.
The Daily Mail reported that Spurs sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old in their Europa League victory over Zenit St. Petersburg but Van Himst has said that there are still things for Tielemans to learn in Brussels.
Tielemans is considered as one of the most exciting teenagers in football and is the latest youngster to come off the conveyor belt of Belgian talent to gain European attention.
Euro legend Van Himst says that, despite his impressive goal scoring record this season, the wonderkid still has to learn to dictate the game as a midfielder.
“One of the things he can still improve is that he sometimes needs to increase the tempo of his game,” Van Himst said to Sporza.
“In fact, he’d be better if he remains at Anderlecht for one more year, but he will leave.
“Many young players have left a year too early, but it is also difficult as they come with such high sums for the players, the agent and the club. And the choice is made.”
Tielemans has scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Anderlecht this season in all competitions but his recent trend of scoring world-class goals has sent social media into a frenzy.
He has seven goals in his last seven games and has helped Anderlecht to reach second place in the Belgian Jupiler League, level on points with leaders Club Brugge.
The Belgium international has also worn the captain armband on four occasions for the Purple and White this season.
Spurs already have a number of Belgian players at the club, which could be crucial in swaying Tielemans’ decision on where to go.
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are all regular features in Maurico Pochettino’s current side.
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