One 2 Watch – Jean-Paul Boëtius

by Siew Joe Lee

Jean-Paul Boëtius18 | Forward| Feyenoord | Dutch

After several poor seasons, Feyenoord has found their way back to the top. The former way, of purchasing older, more established players have downed Feyenoord to the bottom. Surging high wages and worn-out players were incapable of proving their value to Feyenoord. A new direction was set out, investing, developing and molding youth players to the first team. This path proved to be highly successful. As Feyenoord, produced one of the biggest talents on the Eredivisie pitches: Jean-Paul Boëtius

The left-winger, only 18 years of age, is a fine prodigy from the Feyenoord Academy. Jean-Paul Boëtius has presented all the youth teams for Feyenoord and alongside oranje youth teams(Dutch national team). His first team match debut came rather shockingly, on 28 October, 2012 Feyenoord played against rivals Ajax Amsterdam, and after an injury of Ruben Schaken, it was Boëtius to replace the veteran .The youngster stole the supporter’s hearts after scoring the equalizing goal in the 23rd minute.

After being confronted with his choice, coach Ronald Koeman states the following:

I’ve been keeping an eye on Boëtius, and I’ve seen that he’s a special talent. I lined him up against Ajax, because I knew he would not disappoint me.

The youngster has been ever-presence in the starting eleven after his debut, and with his silky dribbling, trickery and speed, he has been a fearsome name for most right-backs in the Eredivisie. The winger passes opponents with ease and remains very well composed in front of the goal.

The major distinction between Boëtius and other talents is that the youngster is able to read the game so well. Regardless of his age, he is able to make the right decision within a split-second after receiving the ball. A skill governed by more experienced players.

With all that said, there are some facets, that young Boëtius should still improve. The main aspect would be his final-pass or crossing. Due to his playfulness and ability to slip past players with ease, he sets himself up for a cross quite often. However his lack of providing accurate crossing has cost Feyenoord many deer opportunities.

He has grown out to be one of the favorites under the Feyenoord supporters.  Ex-Feyenoord and Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk recently called him “The best winger in the Eredivisie”.  A very generous praise, but in my opinion very deserved.  The left-winger has notched up 15 league appearances, and scored four goals. His confident play serves to be a great contribution in Feyenoord’s upcoming successes.

A great future surely awaits Jean-Paul Boëtius, the impressive run of the youngster can’t go unnoticed by the big clubs and the Eredivisie is known as a pond full of talent. The recent call-up for the Dutch national team, just underlines his talent.

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