By Walter Broeckx
The last 24 hours I have seen very different headlines being thrown around about young Hector.
Headlines saying that he has signed a new 4 year deal. Of course if that would be the case I would jump up, pumping my fists in joy. I think regular readers know that I have been singing his praise since… well must be a few years now.
I have seen him play in the youth Champions League in Dortmund 1.5 years ago. I even went there earlier just to see him play there. And for one hour I was looking in amazement on how he performed. He was for me (but I am biased on this I do admit) the most important player on the pitch. And he was playing right back! Not the position to get the headlines. Or draw a lot of attention. But I went to have a look at him and for once I had the feeling: hey this boy has something special that can turn him in to a really great player.
His style reminded me of Danni Alves from Barcelona. Quick, attacking, dribbling… he had it all. But as he was still young I couldn’t believe he would have been ready to take a first team spot already. But almost to the day one year later he stood there. Again in Dortmund but this time in the main stadium in front of the yellow wall.
Not the best starts to his career as we were dreadful and Hector surely was looking like a debutant. But I think there are not many places where making your first start in a competitive match will be that difficult. He drowned with the rest of the team a bit as we didn’t perform as we should and could. But Dortmund at home is a team that is difficult to beat and to resist.
But after that missed start he came back. And isn’t it amazing that now when we see the team sheet and Bellerin is our right back from the start we don’t even blink. We even forget that he is still only 19 years young. But that will change next week. As when looking up a few things for this article I found out that he will turn 20. He is born on the same day as a person who is important to me, so now I will never forget his birthday. He was born on March 19, 1995 to put the record straight.
But back to his contract. If we can believe reports Bellerin his contract ends this summer. And today Wenger has said in his press conference that they are negotiating a new contract with Bellerin. I think everyone will say: yeah, offer him a good contract because he could turn in to a special player for us. Now already and in the future.
But seeing people write that he has already signed his new contract seems a bit premature. I wonder if some people have difficulty in reading English because even for me as a non native speaker I can understand the difference between : being offered a new contract and having signed a new contract.
As long as it isn’t on arsenal.com he hasn’t signed it for me.
But I sure hope he will sign it and that we will be able to see him grow and grow and grow. Of course he still has to learn a few things. But the pace at which he is picking things up is very encouraging. He himself said a few weeks ago that he wants to get a lot of feedback on his game and on what he is doing right but most of all on what he is doing wrong. Because the right things you do are more or less coming naturally. But the wrong things are the things you have to get rid off.
But he displays that learning attitude that Wenger likes to see in his players. And so I hope he will sign his contract and continues to perform and to learn to even improve.
For a young player he also has a rather intelligent match feeling. At Old Trafford he got booked in the first minute almost and so for any player it is walking on thin ice after that. You can make a foul but have to be careful it is not a heavy or dirty foul. He did this in an excellent way. And it didn’t make him stop to help out in the attack or to join in the attacks. I thought it was a very mature display for a young lad with only a handful of starts in his first season with the big boys.
For those who love the numbers he made 15 starts now. 9 in the premier league, 3 in Europe, 2 in the FA cup and one in the League cup. Not bad for a 19 year old of course but then it is natural to understand that he still will be vulnerable to the odd mistake. I just hope the moaners will not get on his neck if that happens because it can kill a player at the start of his career if part of the fans get on his back.
For me I really hope that in the next week or so, who knows maybe on his birthday, the news will come out that he has signed a new deal with Arsenal. I have been hoping for him to come good from the moment he came from Barcelona and seeing his talent I knew he should make it. And now I really would be very sad and dissapointed if he would leave us right now when his immense talent is being shown to the whole world.
Come on Hector, sign da thing! You must! don’t let me down…..
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