Over the last few years there’s been something of a Belgian invasion in the Premier League. For many foreign imports it can often take a while to bed into the fast-paced, physical side of the world’s greatest league, yet for those joining from the country just north of France it’s been a natural progression.
It was arguably Fellaini and Kompany of the red revolution that led the way in England with the pair joining Everton and Manchester City respectively, earning a great deal of praise from their first touch.
Since then the nation has produced a series of stars that have made their way over, impressing at both club level and on the international stage. And that couldn’t be any truer than this season. The Belgians are seen as real dark horses for the World Cup.
The press are quickly running out of superlatives to describe the Chelsea attacker, who has scored 13 goals this season including his first hat-trick in English football against Newcastle just a few fixtures ago.
Alan Pardew praised the 23-year-old straight after saying, “All the great players have little bouts of super-confidence and that’s where he is at the moment. But they have so many other assets you can’t really isolate him with a marking job.”
And Marc Wilmots will be hoping this bout continues all the way through June. But isn’t just Hazard that’s making their mark in the Premier League.
Everton pair Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas are taking the Toffees to new heights this season and could have a chance of the top four. Lukaku has made headlines all year for his efforts in front of goal and in recent weeks the man playing the number 10 role is finding the plaudits he deserves.
However it isn’t just in front of goal where the Belgians have had success, in fact arguably it’s the stability at the back which has wowed the Premier League so much. Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, and Vincent Kompany in particular have all proved their physicality, skill, and ability to read the game against some of the world’s best strikers in the last few season.
Kompany was instrumental in Manchester City’s title winning season and has proved to be one of the league’s best ever defenders and also a great ambassador for football.
And added to Simon Mignolet, Nacer Chadli, and Villa talisman Christian Benteke the Belgians in Britain are more than just a little exciting. Nations will fear the Red Devils this summer, and with a side built with Premier League players at its core, it can only be a good thing for English football.