This lads been on my radar for a while, but recently has really impressed me.
First off, a bit of background info. He's a young lad from Belgium, who had 6 years at Anderlechts youth team, before moving to West Hams. That move only lasted a year, and Southend thankfully picked him up in 2006.
He made his debut in 2006 as a 16 year old, on as a sub in the last few minutes of a derby win at colchester. He started to get into Tilsons plans late last season, playing in the away leg of the playoff semi's in an out of position left midfield role.
This season he started off in the middle, but was dropped due to being suspended and never managed to get back in. He then went off to Wycombe, the best thing that the lad could have done. He really bulked up physically and improved on his game. He came back, and had to wait for his chance. The left midfield slot opened up after Junior Stanislas went back to West Ham, and since then he's come on leaps and bounds.
Scoring the his first and the only goal of the game in the first Southend vs. Colchester derby at their new ground, that seemed to really push him on. A good finish it was too. He had an appearance off the bench at Stamford Bridge (pictured above) and a start against them in the home tie, he never looked out of place.
More recently, his last performance was his best yet. Getting the ball on the half way line, he sprant through the gap of two players and fired into the bottom corner from 25yards, fantastic goal. He also got two assists in that game, both quality passes, one a longer one over the top, one a little **** that cut the defensive line on their heels.
All I can say is, I advise looking at the lad, quality player that is technically head and shoulders above everyone else at Southend, and has the eye for the pass. If he can keep up current performances, don't expect him to stay at Southend for long.
The only possible problem for the lad is that his preferred position is central mid, and we're quite packed in there already, plus a probably iminent arrival of Lee Sawyer. He may well be able to continue in his left mid role, but there's a chance Tilson will want an out and out winger there next season.
Check out his best performance yet, two assists and a wondergoal.
I'm not sure how long that video will be up for, virgin media may take it down at some point.