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Dries Mertens – Napoli and Belgium

Likend to Wesley Sneijder and Eden Hazard, check out what else we wrote about Mertens on this Expertise Scout.

Dries Mertens – Napoli and Belgium

Welcom to our participant profile web page on Napoli striker, Dries Mertens. His goalscoring document for the Italian aspect is second to none, nonetheless he might battle to get into the Belgium beginning lineup for the World Cup later this 12 months. Regardless, check out this Expertise Scout from October 2011 on him.

Expertise Scout (October 2011) 

Whereas some evaluate his small, slender body and scrumptious ball abilities to Wesley Sneijder, others choose to liken Dries Mertens to fellow Belgian attacker Eden Hazard of Lille. However, regardless of the phrases of reference, nobody needs to be in any doubt as to the immense potential of PSV Eindhoven’s summer season signing, who started the brand new Eredivisie season with seven objectives in his first 5 video games.

Not that Mertens fever is a brand new phenomenon in Holland. In 2009, whereas at AGOVV Apeldoorn, he was voted one of the best participant within the second division, then a 12 months later, in his first season within the top-flight with Utrecht, he got here runner-up to Ajax’s Luis Suarez in a ballot for the Eredivisie’s star flip. Along with his inventory persevering with to rise, PSV noticed match to splash £6million on him in the shut season.

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Potent Attacker: Metens began his PSV profession with 7 objectives in 5 video games (Getty Photos)

A faculty of thought says PSV shouldn’t be spending closely at a time of financial disaster – Eindhoven metropolis council lately agreed to offer the membership a £43m mortgage – however the membership’s willpower to convey the younger Belgian on board is comprehensible. Final season he was fairly irresistible, scoring 14 objectives, offering 24 assists and often placing on a one-man show of mesmerising dribbling, free-kick prowess and a predilection for the sudden, particularly his intelligent backheels.

“Trickery has at all times been a giant a part of my recreation,” says Mertens, a local of the central Belgian metropolis of Leuven. “I play in accordance with my instincts. On the pitch I’ve my very own approach of doing issues. I goal to be as energetic as I can and go straight for objective each time I get the ball.

“The scale of charge PSV paid for me doesn’t add any additional strain. I’m nonetheless the identical participant. I simply consider my soccer. The truth that PSV have spent a lot on me exhibits I’m on the suitable traces in my growth, that for the previous few years I’ve saved up a superb customary of efficiency.”

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Nation: Mertens comes off the bench often for Belgium (Getty Photos)

His excessive profile at the moment stands in marked distinction to the gloominess which enveloped his profession in its early days. Kicked out of the Anderlecht academy on the age of 14 for being too small, he will need to have questioned if that was it. Nonetheless, he caught at it and, after convalescing at Belgian golf equipment Gent and Eendracht Aalst, he exploded into life in Apeldoorn, the place he reigned supreme with the Dutch membership for 3 great seasons.

Regardless of being revered in Holland, his alternatives with the Belgium nationwide aspect have been restricted to date. That can absolutely be rectified quickly.

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