Roberto Martinez: Wonderkid reportedly on Tottenham radar needs to improve before move
By Danny Wright
Roberto Martinez believes that it is too soon for Youri Tielemans to make a switch to a bigger club in the midst of reported interest from Tottenham.
According to the Mail, Spurs sent scouts to watch the Belgian wonderkid in action for Anderlecht in their Europa League clash with Zenit St. Petersburg in February.
Everton and Manchester United are also understood to hold a firm interest in the midfield goal machine.
However, Martinez, who is the international manager of the 19-year-old, thinks that it could be too soon for a move away from Andelecht, where he has set the Jupiler League alight this season.
“It is important that he continues to challenge himself and I mean it is not that a transfer is absolutely necessary,” said the ex-Everton boss, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
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“I see him constantly progressing, but sometimes his game may be a little too ‘simple’.
“In addition, his winning mentality can be even better. He needs to really want to win more games.”
Tielemans has scored a staggering 17 goals for the Brussels-based club in all competitions during this campaign.
Despite being a teenager, the two-time Belgium international has worn the captain’s armband on seven occasions for Anderlecht and hit a purple patch in January and February as he amassed seven goals in seven matches.
He’s also a keen provider to teammates and has set up 10 goals across three different competitions this season, including the Europa League.
Tielemans is currently on international duty with Belgium as he gears up to take on Greece in Brussels on Saturday.
He is joined by Spurs defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in Martinez’s squad.
In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli has reportedly ended the career of his famous teammate.