Hugely promising defender with experience already under his belt
In his short time at City, Belgian centre-half Jason Denayer has proved himself to be a classy operator on the ball and an excellent reader of the game at the heart of the back four.
He joined the Club in 2013 having come through the JMG Academy in his native Belgium, where he developed his skills playing barefoot while adapting to having live away from his family.
Once at City, he struck up an excellent partnership with Shay Facey in defence for the Elite Development Squad side throughout the 2013-14 season as the Blues went deep in four competitions at home and abroad.
He scored his first goal for the club in the 6-0 UEFA Youth League win over Bayern Munich at the start of October, and continued to shine throughout the season, earning himself opportunities to train with the first-team.
By now a Belgian youth international, Jason was nominated for the EDS Player of the Year award after a fantastic 2013-14 campaign before joining Celtic on a season-long loan on 12 August 2014.
Jason made an immediate impact, scoring on debut and going on to make 44 appearances in all competitions.
Hoops supporters were sad to see him go after he claimed the SPL Young Player of the Year award, as well as the club’s own Young Player of the Year award, as well as helping the Glasgow giants win the Scottish league title and the League Cup.
His impact in Scotland had been noticed back home, and he Jason made his first senior international start for Belgium against France on 7 June 2015, just three months after his debut off the bench in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel.
Jason impressed on loan again in 2015-16, this time with Turkish outfit Galatasaray, where he occasionally featured at right-back. It was no surprise that he was included in Belgium’s much-fancied squad for Euro 2016, though Denayer will spend 2016/17 on loan with Sunderland.