A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled into an XI from across Europe’s top six leagues. You can read this for all details on Talent Radar, who is eligible under it and what else we publish within this feature.
Sergio Rochet | AZ Alkmaar | Uruguay | 21 | Goalkeeper: AZ Alkmaar faced FC Dordrecht over the weekend with AZ’s manager, John van der Brom giving Sergio Rochet a start between the posts. This was Rochet’s 8th appearance of the season in the league and the Uruguayan managed to successfully keep the ball out of his goal for his second clean sheet of the season. Despite not being directly involved in stopping the inbound attacks, the youngster showed sound concentration and focus throughout the 90 minutes. His tendency to come off his line was a display of confidence from a keeper seemingly mature beyond his actual years.
Hector Bellerin | Arsenal | Spain | 19 | Right Back: The Spaniard was chosen ahead of Callum Chambers in the right back position in the vital game against Manchester City this weekend. Bellerin fully repaid the faith Arsene Wenger placed in him by putting forth an excellent display against the defending Champions of England. The youngster showed great quality by keeping the experienced James Milner at bay throughout the first half, with City unable to create anything down that flank. The second half saw Silva move out wide, a sterner test for the 19 year old who stepped up his game and had his fellow countryman matched in every step. Bellerin won every single aerial duel that came his way throughout the 90 minutes, helping significantly with 4 clearances and 7 interceptions, many of which occurred in dangerous parts of the field. It’ll be interesting to see how many opportunities Bellerin gets, given the need for Arsenal to carry on from this win and justify the Betfair betting odds with Top 4 in mind.
Karim Rekik | PSV Eindhoven | Holland | 20 | Centre Back: PSV faced Vitesse over the weekend which resulted in the league leaders coming away with a 0-1 away victory, pulling 4 points away from second placed Ajax with the help of a solid defensive display from 20 year old Karim Rekik. The youngster produced several key blocks throughout the game, 6 to be precise, one of which led to the game’s only goal and another, a crucial block on what was a goal bound rocket of a shot from a Vitesse corner. With the Vitesse attackers finding it rather easy to get past the PSV midfield, Rekik showed excellent positional sense, backing off at the right time for the right amount of space. 12 clearances and 3 interceptions on the night proved to be significantly important as PSV earned their 3 vital points.
Jose Gimenez | Atletico Madrid | Uruguay | 19 | Centre Back: The weekend saw Atletico Madrid take on Granada at home with Jose Gimenez producing another stellar performance in the Atleti defense, arguably the best defender on the pitch that night. The Uruguayan, despite being barely troubled on the night, made sure his side kept the defense tight and ensured they kept a clean sheet. Gimenez made a total of 4 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 clearances and a blocked shot, enough to statistically impress as well and cap off a good night for the defending Spanish champions.
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