“Obviously I will be happy if I play in Vertonghen’s place”

The new national coach is still waiting. However, the Red Devils urgently need a coach, because the international match in and against Sweden is scheduled for six weeks. Will the new national coach make major changes there?

Roberto Martinez was accused of giving too few new players a chance, but will Domenico Tedesco (who may become the new coach) change that? Many media have already mentioned that Dries Mertens and Jan Vertonghen may have to fear, but they just reach a very good level at Galatasaray and Anderlecht. It is not a top season for many young talents, to name players such as Aster Vranckx, Eliot Matazo, Charles De Ketelaere and Jérémy Doku.


Someone who does shine is Arthur Theate. He seems to be the prime successor for Vertonghen. “Obviously I will be very happy if I can replace Vertonghen in Sweden, but I respect the hierarchy of the dressing room. I just hope I get my chance, but of course it is logical that some established names with a head start will begin,” said a realistic Theate at RTBF.

Theate switched to Stade Rennes this season and he has become an important player there in no time. The left-footed defender seems ready to get more chances with the national team. Will the new national coach give it or does Theate have to wait a while? We will know the answer within six weeks.

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