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.
Timo Horn | FC Koln | Germany | 21 | Goalkeeper: The game between Hamburg and Koln saw the return of Olic to the former but there was not much to celebrate on his second debut as Timo Horn kept Olic and company out. Horn kept his side in the game in the 9th minute as he palmed away Heiko Westermann’s goal bound header with both hands. The 21 year old made 4 saves en route to collecting his 7th clean sheet of the season and ensuring that Koln came away with 3 points.
Hector Bellerin | Arsenal | Spain | 19 | Right Back: Arsenal faced Aston Villa this past weekend at The Emirates and the Gunners came in firing all cylinders and taking three points after putting 5 goals past the team from Birmingham. Hector Bellerin was scored Arsenal’s 5th goal which was his first of the Premier League season in seven appearances so far. An steady pass from in form Santi Carzola found the Spaniard in quite a bit of space on the right hand side late in the game; the youngster taking the first time shot, a grounded one and exquisitely placed the ball in the back of the net from at least ten yards outside the box. The youngster managed to help the London side keep a clean sheet and defensively contributed with 3 interceptions, 4 clearances and helped out with 4 crosses as well.
Jannik Vestergaard | Werder Bremen | Denmark | 22 | Centre Back: Vestergaard made the move to Bremen from Hoffenheim late in the January transfer window. He made his debut against Hertha Berlin and impressed throughout the game. A strong central defender, Vestergaard showed his aerial prowess throughout the game winning 7 duels in the air. The 22 year old almost opened his account in his new club early on as he carried the ball out of defence and saw his fierce strike go just over the cross bar. With 3 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 4 clearances the Danish International would have been very satisfied with his debut.
Aymeric Laporte | Athletic Bilbao | France | 20 | Centre Back: Athletic Bilbao were the visiting side this past weekend, facing Levante. Athletic came away with the three points and a solid defensive game, keeping a clean sheet, much thanks to the two centre backs, one of whom was Laporte. The youngster had 7 clearances and 4 interceptions on the night, looking quite comfortable with what he had to handle. The Frenchman tried quite a bit to get play going from the defensive third, with a total of 14 long balls through out the course of the game. Heat maps and player tracking showed that Laporte did venture quite a bit forward but was able to track back to position in time excellently every time.
Ajax were on the road to face Vitesse this past Sunday. The two teams were separated by just the one late goal, which was score by none other than Djurdevic. The 83rd minute saw Bertrand Traore substituted out and on came the 20 year old Serbian to take his place. Within a minute of being on the pitch, the youngster managed to have an instant impact and found the back of the net in supreme style. The ball was whipped in from the left flank with the youngster the only Vitesse player in the box. Djurdevic found himself in the space between the two centre backs where he chested the ball and proceeded to juggle it over the closest centre back and strike it into the back of the net, all in one spectacular move. Despite not being on the pitch for long, the goal, in terms of quality and impact, was worthy for Djurdevic making it to our Team of the Week.
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