‘Tielemans will be a major player’ – Hazard praises Leicester star after maiden Belgium goal
The young midfielder continues to impress for club and now for country, as he netted his first international strike to help his nation past Russia.
Eden Hazard praised Youri Tielemans for his goal in Belgium’s 3-1 win over Russia and expects the Leicester City midfielder to become a “major player”.
The 21-year-old broke the deadlock in the 14th minute of Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday before a Thibaut Courtois howler gifted Russia an equaliser.
Two goals from Hazard, including one from the penalty spot, settled the Group I contest, though, Russia finishing it with 10 men as Aleksandr Golovin was sent off late on.
Having moved to Leicester in January after starring as a youngster for Monaco, Tielemans has made a positive start to his Premier League career.
The midfielder has contributed a goal and two assists in his six Foxes performances to date, helping the side to three wins in their last four outings.
And while Hazard may have proved the match-winner, he directed plaudits towards his team-mate whose effort marked his first for the Red Devils.
“I am enjoying this victory in which I scored two goals,” Hazard said.
“It went well. After our last match, the one against Switzerland [a 5-2 Nations League defeat], we had to answer our critics.
“Compliments to him [Tielemans]. He will become a major player.”
Tielemans added: “I am very happy with that goal. Lots of pride. I am happy with the victory. It was a difficult game, but we did well.
“With our qualities, we must and want to win every game. For that we have to play full of concentration and we have done that.”