Go back to the start of the 21st Century, and Belgium was a football nation with a lot of growing to do. Though it had produced a fine number of stars over the years, ranging from the likes of Luc Nils to Enzo Scifo, Marc Wilmots, Michel Preud’Homme and Eric Gerets, the talent well was drying up in some circles. However, step forward to 2021, and it is clear that Belgium is now a genuine world power.
A multicultural team of stars who play all across the major leagues in the world, Belgium have arguably surpassed their neighbours, The Netherlands, in sheer talent production. Look closely at the Belgian setup, too, and this does not appear to have been a flash in the pan; at youth level, Belgian players are making a huge impression.
The domestic league has a large part to play in this, with many stars coming through clubs outside of the elite of Anderlecht, Standard Liege, and the Brugge clubs. One name to keep an eye on for the future in Belgian football is Milan Taildeman.
A young left-back born in June 2001, Taildeman is on the books of Oud-Heverlee (OH) Leuven. Leuven has been home to many impressive players over the years, with former internationals such as Logan Bailly, Denis Odoi, and Leandro Trossard within the Belgian setup. Internationally, other players include the likes of Filip Benkovic, Sory Kaba, Runar Runarsson, Tony Watt, Bartosz Kaputska, and Andy King to name but a few.
A versatile full-back as comfortable on the left as on the right, Taildeman has made a name for himself at the youth level in Belgium thanks to his natural attacking instincts. Keen to get forward and eager to cross, pass, or shoot with both feet, the full-back has become a regular at U21 level for Leuven, and trains with the first team on a regular basis. It is believe that a chance in the first-team could arrive this season.
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