Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere has been urged to make a move to the Premier League, following major interest from Leicester City.
The Belgian forward has impressed massively over the past year. Indeed, he has contributed to 25 goals for Brugge in all competitions this season. Furthermore, he has made his mark on the international stage. De Ketelaere hit the ground running, as he opened his scoring account for Belgium after just 32 minutes.
Given his obvious goalscoring quality, teams have begun to take notice. Leicester City are among the Premier League sides with an interest, along with the likes of Tottenham and West Ham.
Former Dutch football Jan Mulder told Sport he thinks De Ketelaere should make a move to the Premier League.
“Charles will, of course, continue his career abroad. I am curious which choice he will make,” he said.
“Spain and Italy are not that interesting anymore; England has the most money. But above all: you can develop the best there.”
Indeed, it seems as if a move to the Premier League would benefit the forward. What’s more, his natural eye for goal should mean that he adapts well to the English top flight.
Given Leicester are reportedly ‘charmed’ by De Ketelaere, it is likely he could find himself moving to the King Power stadium.
The Foxes may have to pay a decent sum, though, should the other interested sides remain in the hunt.
Potential parallels between van Persie and De Ketelaere
Mulder also made the point that De Ketelaere could follow in the footsteps of a great Premier League striker.
“Robin van Persie went from Feyenoord to Arsenal at the time, and six months later, he had become twice as good,” he said.
Indeed, the Dutchman ended up scoring 144 Premier League goals and assisting another 67. While De Ketelaere might not be expected to replicate that tally, a move to England could see him succeed.
“Because of the high tempo, because of the intensity that makes you physically stronger as well,” Mulder added.
“Charles could also handle the level of the Bundesliga, but in the Premier League, he will make even more steps.”
Indeed, a move to Leicester, or another interested Premier League side, could well be on the cards.