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Philippe Albert recommends Belgian defender

6 years ago

Newcastle cult legend Philippe Albert has recommended one of his young countryman as a star of the future.

Arriving from Anderlecht in 1994, the Kevin Keegan signing was a class act both at the back and going forward for Newcastle.

Now Phillippe Albert has highlighted Bjorn Engels as a player in his own image.

The Club Brugge centre-back has been a star turn for his club since returning from injury and already looks a quality player even though he is still only 21.

Albert says that Bjorn Engels can go on and emulate Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen in both club and international football, those two having followed in Albert’s footsteps when moving to the Premier League.

A 6ft 4 central defender, just like Philippe Albert the Club Brugge 21 year old likes to get forward and has already scored an impressive 10 league goals in 53 appearances.

Last month saw Bjorn Engels get his first international call-up for the senior team, an unused sub as Belgium lost to Portugal.

Engels has already sampled match day at St James Park, having just turned 18 he was an unused sub when Club Brugge played at Newcastle in the Europa League in 2012.

You wonder if Newcastle ever use resources such as former players like Philippe Albert when scouting players, especially when they are increasingly looking to the Belgian league for ‘value’ in the transfer market.

Philippe Albert told Belgian daily paper Het Laatste Nieuws:

“Bjorn Engels is for me a player with great defensive and offensive qualities – an excellent mentality and professional attitude.

“That is a combination which can take him far.

“Within the next two or three years he will outgrow Club Brugge and then in four or five years I can see him following Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen.”


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