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Yohan Bakayoko laughs as he bares his teeth after the first goal in the Champions League: “New Robben? No, not right away” |  Champions League

Yohan Bakayoko laughs as he bares his teeth after the first goal in the Champions League: “New Robben? No, not right away” | Champions League

He erased zero from the tables forever. Yohan Bakayoko opened his account in the Champions League. And how. A bang with his left foot – now his trademark – in the history books. Jan Vertonghen agrees: “He hits them all in training, too.”

Things are moving quickly for Yohan Bakayoko.

This season, the 20-year-old Belgian has become an indispensable presence on PSV Eindhoven’s right flank. Not only do they know his name in the Netherlands now, but all of Europe now knows who the “new Arjen Robben” is.

Although Bakayoko – who earned the comparison due to his similar hood and kick – does not want to claim that title.

“No, I’m not the new Robin,” he laughed.

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With practice comes mastery

Feet on the ground. A character trait adorns the karma.

No, a move to the Premier League – where he could earn a lot – did not tempt him last summer. Bakayoko just wanted to improve and shine for the team he grew up with.

“I’ve been in good shape lately,” he pleasantly shares.

“I also shot the ball well in my goal against Lens. Fortunately, because I practiced it a lot.”

Bakayoko has everything to reach the international summit.

Jan Vertonghen

A statement that fellow Red Devil Jan Vertonghen can only agree with.

“Yes, he can do it,” he says emphatically in the Proximus studio. “Sometimes he stays in training a little longer. When I see him busy, they all come very quickly.”

There is only one downside. Or rather: two. Bakayoko’s goal only led to a draw in northern France. “It’s frustrating, but not unjustified if you watch the game,” Bakayoko admits.

An analytical answer indicates maturity. “In addition to speed and power, he has that too,” says Vertonghen. “He has everything to reach the international summit.”

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