21 Belgians in the Premier League: what to expect?

Champion Leicester City, open Saturday afternoon, a new season of the Premier League. One in which a whole platoon of coaches demands attention. But what can we expect in the 21 Belgians in the world’s most followed football league? An overview.

Eden Hazard brought Chelsea alongside © REUTERS


Thibaut Courtois: the undisputed number one in goal, also under Antonio Conte. That even went as far as to the esteemed keepertrainer Claude Lollichon to send at the request of Courtois. Knew last season, a decent campaign, despite the poor team performance, he remained out of shot to the middle of the destructive critics. But to really impress, our national goalkeeper not yet since he was two seasons ago descended on Stamford Bridge. He wants the spirit of Petr Cech chase then Courtois -as he did with the Red Devils – a step forward, on and off the field.

Eden Hazard: the dribbelaar in the kampioenenjaar 2015 was voted player of the year in the Premier League and missed last season completely are start and could never straighten, even though he left at the end of the back flashes of his class. A flirtation with PSG and Real Madrid, just like last summer, turned to nothing. Hazard gave to know to want to leave along the large port. Conte wants him to be a player of the level of Messi/Ronaldo, a star player that every game excels. Tried him in the preparation successively in a central position, also as a false nine, deep in the rush hour. His move seems guaranteed.

Michy Batshuayi: that can’t be said of Batshuayi. Perhaps the Belgian with the largest torinstinct, but his nose for goals and excellent timing in the rectangle to be supplemented with better teamwork and tactical thinking along with losing the ball. Especially the latter is crucial for Conte, in Batshuayi be a supersub, when Costa the defense is already partially demolished. In the rush of a streak for Loïc Rémy, who the club allowed to leave. But when Romelu Lukaku going for a record, has Michy a problem.

Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini: his strijdershart and kopbalsterkte he has already more chance to be with Mourinho to the box than his predecessor Louis van Gaal. The Special One gave few chances to the Big Fella during the oefencampagne and let him start in the English supercup. There was the midfielder, however, not the best turn, and it was with a short back-pass on the basis of the second half of Leicester. Was not in the top slide with the Man U fans and especially now that Pogba grades came strengthen, Fellaini quietly to the exit and pushed.


Romelu Lukaku: he already had a whole summer in a transfer to a team who play Champions League. Juventus seemed a long time kandidaatovernemer number one, but now HIguain there perched, is there no more.

Romelu Lukaku © Belga Image

Chelsea wants him back and is prepared deep in the pouch to erode, but 80 million is for now a too-high asking price. Lukaku is looking forward to Everton, even if the new coach Ronald Koeman him but what like to keep. Can Big Rom is still charging as he will still need to continue? Probably, this scores the ex-Anderlechtspits to like. Again, he will guarantee a fifteen many goals, no matter at which club. Koeman wants to get clarity: Lukaku for Everton than he is anyway owner.

Kevin Mirallas: Mirallas, once a fixed value to the Red Devils, was under Martínez completely on a sidetrack here. Their relationship was soured. Now, with Ronald Koeman a new coach at the helm, seems to be Mirallas again on a rise to be able to count. The Also feels already as fit as a fiddle at the new wind that Goodison is blowing, he said. In a 4-2-3-1 there are enough positions that he can work with.

Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne: lap last season as a fury out of the starting blocks at Manchester City, to an injury in January put an end to that fairy tale. De Bruyne fourth at the end of the season his comeback, but the sharpness was gone, also at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, he could not shine.

Kevin De Bruyne © Belga Image

The offensive midfielder was Guardiola a little longer vacation, and it is still just guess work what plans the Spaniard has with our compatriot. No doubt that De Bruyne will soon be in the basisploeg will be represented, but it is a question whether the are direct game -that to full efficiency when space is – will click with the brief threatening of Guardiola. With Leroy Sané, Gabriel, Jesus, and Nolito came there again a lot of competition, but only last the first weeks.

Vincent Kompany: has almost recovered from a shocking (groin)injury. Just as it looked Guardiola, the ‘glass man’ would rather lose than rich was, but there was the Spanish coach, to abolish it by stating that he was on the captain again. With John Stones took a City there in the meantime a formidable competitor, but if Kompany is fit, he should be together with Stones to the dream of the central duo in the back. Otamendi is a child of the account. Mangala should leave.

Jason Denayer: the 21-year-old defender returned after a successful uitleenbeurt to Galatasaray back to Manchester, but was in the preparation less than chances of Guardiola. A new uitleenbeurt is desirable (Galatasaray wants him back), although Denayer benefits more from finally found some steadiness in his career. Arsène Wenger wants him at Arsenal.


Christian Benteke: although Klopp in his first months at Liverpool repeatedly his trust expressed in Bentegoal, he let that not be apparent from his actions. Miljoenenaankoop Benteke was only as a substitute used and even had Origi over stitches in the hierarchy. May road and is close to a transfer to Crystal Palace. If he does not wegraakt, risking the scrawny striker another season as a back-up should act.

Divock Origi: than fits Origi with his speed, mobility and opportunism are better in the tactical concept of Klopp. In the preparation proved to be the ex-Genkspeler, that at the request of his trainer also muscles bijkweekte, that he is keen on revenge after a disappointing european CHAMPIONSHIP with Belgium. Scored some cool hits in the training duels and it is allowed Firmino to fight a rise. The blessuregevoelige Sturridge is already in the barn.

Simon Mignolet: was there with the Lorius Karius, a fellow countryman of the trainer Klopp, a competitor for the position as first goalkeeper, but Karius broke in the preparation of his wrist and the next two months out. Not a threat, so for Mignolet as a holder under the crossbar for the Reds.


Christian Kabasele: moved for seven million euros from Genk to Watford, but that amount is in the Premier League peanuts and so absolutely no guarantee of play. Has the advantage that Watfordcoach Walter Mazzarri may opt for a 5-3-2 system, with so a lot of place for defenders. Made a good impression in the oefencampagne.


Nacer Chadli: the winger had a snertseizoen and was only used as a substitute or a starter in the bekercompetities. Could never more be stamp as the season 2014/2015. Is on the transfer list by Tottenham and is, perhaps, even for the transferdeadline verpatst.

Jan Vertonghen: fell at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in France is injured, but is fit again for the service. Coach Pochettino made in the media all clear that he is counting on the Belgian central duo of Alderweireld – Vertonghen at the back of the lot close to. With their footballing qualities fit the two Red Devils perfect in the passing game that Pochettino preaches.

Toby Alderweireld: the same holds if Vertonghen, if certitude in the back. If even from Pochettino to stay at home from the promotional tour in Australia to be fully equipped to meet the season to begin.

Mousa Dembélé: got at the end of last season to a suspension of six days imposed for a defined, with Diego Costa, he must have three to sit out during these first few weeks of the competition. Dembélé is fit and took last season, his high level that he was a transfer from Fulham to Tottenham produced, unless a substitute Wanyama suddenly plays like a king, take the balvaardige Belgian at the end of August again his place in the midfield.

Leicester City

Ritchie De Laet: the 27-year-old right back was last season by Leicester City on loan to resembled Middlesbrough, which he the promotion to the Premier League established. Leicester is, however, not on him counted, making a transfer to Aston Villa hinting at a seems. Roberto Di Matteo, coach of the relegated Aston Villa, see De Laet, the experienced defender is needed immediately to rise again.


Adnan Januzaj: it’s been two years since the golden left hand of Adnan caused a sensation. Since then disappeared Adnan, who vedettegedrag and a lack of commitment is found to have engaged in theatre. A uitleenbeurt to Borussia Dortmund brought little solace, and last season he turned with hanging legs back. Also, He counted not on the now 21-year-old winger. David Moyes, the man who him launched at Man U, offers him a new chance at Sunderland, that him for one year rent. The young Belgian finally the lesson understood?

West Bromwich Albion

Sébastien Pocognoli: polite not a lot of fun to the season 2015/2016, which he just seven times from the bank came. That seems this season is no different, Liège, full may away. But a high wage and ditto transfer fee prevent time being a transfer. Unless coach Tony Pulis quickly dismissed, as the bookmakers predict, wait Pocognoli again a few sparkling English adventure.


Steven Superior: seven years after he was Alex Ferguson, the court was created as a target for Man U, ends up Superior than in the Premier League. In Burnley, together with Hull one of the most frequently pushed forward degradatiekandidaten. Coach Sean Dyche absolutely wanted to be a defensive midfielder and as a top priority Victor Wanyama for Tottenham, signed, joined the club at the Belgian. Is almost certainly of a basisstek and should be a no-nonsensstijl be able immediately to make its mark in English football.

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