At the end of last month, Tottenham Hotspur’s under-18s found their way into the national headlines after dealing out a thrashing over their North London rivals Arsenal. The Young Gunners, who were admittedly resting some of their more talented players ahead of the FA Youth Cup final, were put to the sword by Spurs in a 9-0 romp.
After that game, much of the attention was on Tottenham’s young strike sensation Reo Griffiths. With good reason as well, he scored four and assisted three of the nine goals. With his future at Spurs unclear, he was the talk of Tottenham in the days following the fixture.
But Tottenham fans really should be as equally excited about the young man at the other end of the pitch. Between the sticks for Tottenham was talented young Belgian stopper Jonathan De Bie and he deserves to be noted.
The 17-year-old goalkeeper has all the necessary talents to go on and become a future Spurs first-teamer. Similar in style to current Tottenham number one Hugo Lloris, like the Frenchman he is also a natural leader. De Bie has done a fine job of captaining the side this season and looks to be a player Spurs can get excited about going forward.
De Bie was signed from Excelsior Mouscron in the summer of 2016 after a successful trial. He had previously trained with Liverpool and is being tipped as a future successor to Thibaut Courtois for Belgium.
His career has certainly had its ups and downs. Last February, during a game v France for the Belgium under-17s, he was involved in a heavy collision with an opposing player. He carried on playing the game, but collapsed afterwards, according to a report from Het Nieuwsblad.
The then 16-year-old suffered a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding and was rushed to the intensive care unit of a French hospital. But he overcame the life-threatening injury and has shown tremendous mental strength to recover and find himself captaining an impressive Tottenham under-18 side.
Later this month the young Belgian turns 18 and he has shown himself to be a genuine talent for the future at Hotspur Way. It will be no surprise should his 18th birthday be rewarded with a renewed deal to the one that currently expires in the summer of 2019.
With Lloris getting no younger and De Bie progressing rapidly, it will be no surprise to see him featuring in the first-team plans in the years to come.
Tottenham’s miracle man looks light having a bright future in North London.