From Belgium to East London: Should Hammers take a punt on Yari Verschaeren?

Belgium has been a stomping ground for young talent since 2000. Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne ,they have all come through the youth systems in Belgium and all have developed into world class players. However, is Yari Verschaeren the next big thing? And is a move to the Premier League the next step in his career?

Growing up in Antwerp, Verschaeren is one of the hottest prospects in world football.  The 19 year old has already made 44 appearances for top division side Anderlecht.

However, playing in the Belgian league can hinder the versatile players growth, as seen with the talents mentioned previously they have all moved from clubs in the top flight (except Hazard) to a team elsewhere in Europe.

Verschaeren is mainly an attacking midfielder, but he can adapt to play on both wings, in a more central role or as a second striker.

This adaptability will most likely enable him to fit into any future team that signs him.

The youngster has made six appearances for the national team under former Wigan and Everton boss Roberto Martinez and has found the back of the net once which came against San Marino.

Playing for a national team that are ranked number one in the world (at the time of writing) shows how much talent he can have.

Being so young means he has a lot of time to develop into a world class player, and a move to a different league could develop his talent. One option could be a move to the Premier League.

West Ham United are currently sat 5th in the Premier League under David Moyes who has rejuvenated the team following their close call with relegation last season.

Pablo Fornals, Tomas Soucek, Vladmir Coufal and Jarrod Bowen have all adapted to life at the London Stadium and have played key roles in the Irons success so far this season.

One area they still need to work on is their midfield and creativity.

Argentinian Manuel Lanzini has not adapted to the ACL injury he picked up a few seasons ago and has been lackluster in the midfield as of late, however he has started to kick on.

This attacking midfield position is something that Verschaeren could take up in the future. Being able to create space for the attack is something that the Hammers have struggled with. Their creativity and finishing in the final third can be fustrating to watch at times.

If the Irons were to sign Verschaeren in the future it would take a season or two for the midfielder to settle in and to adapt to a new style of football that he may not have played before.

A five at the back formation is usually what the Hammers play and a central midfield role is likely the best option for Verschaeren in the current side possibly as a backup option for Soucek and Declan Rice.