Leicester’s new signing, Youri Tielemans, made his debut against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday. While Leicester lost the game 3-1, Tielemans was a stand-out performer. It is clear that he will fit in well to this Leicester team because he looked more than comfortable playing in the middle of the park.
The 21-year-old Belgian, who joined on loan from Monaco, was delighted to make his debut at the famous Wembley Stadium.
“It was special to start here,” Tielemans said. “It is a mythical stadium and the start was really positive for me and I am really happy about it.
“Unfortunately we lost the game but I am happy about my personal game.
“I think we made some good moves and created some good chances. In the next game we just need to finish them to try to take the three points but I think at the end we can be positive about our performances. We just need to take our chances.
“It is a young team but I have gained a lot of experience in my young career and I hope I can play a lot of games in the next few years. But I hope I will be fine for the next few games.”
It is always said that players need a lot of time to adapt to the Premier League when they arrive from another country. The pace of play is much quicker than in other leagues, and players can often struggle in their first few games as the intensity takes them by surprise. But Tielemans doesn’t believe this will be a problem for him because of his time with the Belgian national team.
“In the national team I have played a lot of good games with a lot of intensity and the comparison is a bit the same,” he said. “It was different to what I am used to in France. The intensity was much higher. I was really good and happy.
“Leicester were interested in me and I was interested in Leicester so they gave me the chance to learn something else in a different championship and in a different country. I went into it and I am really happy about it.
“The manager wants me to just play my game, enjoy it and try to help the attackers with my last pass and shoot from the edge of the box. These are my qualities so I try to bring them to the team.”
Leicester do not have an option to make the loan signing permanent, but that’s surely an avenue they’ll explore when the loan deal is up at the end of the season. However, Tielemans isn’t thinking that far ahead and hasn’t committed to anything just yet.
“We will see at the end of the season,” he said. “Today I am a Leicester City player but at the end of the season I will be back at Monaco so we will see what happens.”