Jose Mourinho sends scouts to monitor Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to monitor the progress of Club Brugge youngster Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, according to reports from Belgium.

The 19-year-old, who arrived at Bruges over the summer, has already claimed five goals in as many games in all competitions, scoring a brace on his debut against Lokeren.

He was initially brought to Zorya Luhansk from the FC Academy in Abuja and claimed a goal on his debut for the Ukranian side in July 2016, alongside featuring in the second half during a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Europa League back in December.

And according to Belgian media outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, Mourinho has sent scouts to watch the striker this season ahead of a potential bid.

The Nigerian youngster brings an old-school style to the table. His footwork in tight areas isn’t brilliant and his positional awareness still needs work (two things that will improve with time on the pitch), but that raw instinct is undoubtedly there: an innate capacity to snuff out chances and get to the ball first.

And he has taken to the Belgian top division with ease, playing with confidence and power. That veneer of raw aggression exclusive to youngsters can be so vital to maintaining a sense of unpredictability going forward, and you suspect Mourinho won’t be the only manager keeping a close eye on his progress over the next year.




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