INTERVIEWS At the beginning of this month he celebrated his 16th birthday, on Sunday he debuted in the first team of Anderlecht with a lot of flair. Julian Duranville's first minutes at the highest level did not go unnoticed. Youth coordinator Jean Kindermans watched him admiringly. "He immediately made his mark," he said.
"I immediately had to think back to Romelu Lukaku's debut," Kindermans told us when Sporza contacted him to talk about Duranville's debut. "Julian's speed and explosiveness are incredible. He is also strong one-on-one and two footed. What Julien showed against Club in ten minutes, we have seen for years."
Duranville signed a first professional contract with Anderlecht last year, just after his 15th birthday. Despite the interest of a lot of foreign (top) clubs. "That required a lot of energy. But when you saw Julien in action, you know it was worth it," Kindermans said. "Julien has everything to grow into a crowd pleaser.
There is a real chance that Duranville will not play with the U23s in 1B next season, but will immediately join the A core. Although there are snags. Kindermans thinks it is important that he plays full games and not just substitutes. In addition, there are the consequences of corona. "As a result, like other youngsters of his generation, he has not played or trained for almost a year and a half. As a result, there is a greater risk of injury or overuse, but we are monitoring such things very closely."
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