- Full Name
- Youri Tielemans
- Date of Birth
- 7 May 1997
- 5'9" (176cm)
- 11st 5lbs (72kg)
- Professional Debut
- 2 October 2013
Over his short spell in Leicester to date, Belgium international Tielemans has dazzled the Blue Army with his talents, scoring an array of excellent goals and regularly assisting his team-mates.
Still in his early 20s, the son of Flemish and Congolese parents, brought up in Belgium, has already featured for some of European football's most prestigious clubs and made his mark on the international stage.
Tielemans was still at school when he made his UEFA Champions League debut for Anderlecht in 2013 at the age of 16 years and 148 days after growing up in nearby municipality Sint-Pieters-Leeuw.
Following swift progress through the academy with the 34-time Belgian champions, the two-footed midfielder also starred in a Jupiler Pro League fixture against Lokeren three days after his 16th birthday.
In June 2014, he was named Belgium’s Young Player of the Year before also collecting the nation’s Most Promising Newcomer prize in January 2015, a sign of his growing reputation in his homeland.
After making his senior international debut in a 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in late 2016, he scored five goals in 15 matches during the 2016/17 Europa League campaign as Anderlecht reached the quarter-finals, earning the midfielder a place in UEFA’s Squad of the Season.
The following summer, after 35 goals in 185 appearances, two league titles and a duo of Belgian Super Cups over four years, Tielemans headed to France to join Ligue 1 champions, AS Monaco.
In September 2017, his first competitive goal for the Principality club came in a 1-1 Champions League draw with German side RB Leipzig and he went on to appear 35 times for the side in his first season.
In the summer of 2018, on the other hand, an appearance against Gareth Southgate’s England came Tielemans’ way in the FIFA World Cup as the Red Devils sealed third place in Russia – their best-ever finish.
If 2017/18 was a learning curve for Tielemans, the Belgium international excelled in 2018/19, scoring five goals for Monaco - more than any other central midfielder in Ligue 1 - before joining Leicester on loan.
Tielemans impressed on his debut for the Foxes, making his Premier League bow against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, and he would go on to score three goals and assist a further four.
In July 2019, meanwhile, Tielemans joined the Club on a permanent deal from Monaco, signing a four-year contract at King Power Stadium and later netted in a 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth in August.
Further Premier League strikes against Burnley and Southampton, including Carabao Cup efforts at Luton Town and Burton Albion, have continued to endear him to City fans during a vintage 2019/20 season.