Ex team-mate describes Vranckx as a mix between Witsel and Tielemans

By Oliver Fisher -

New AC Milan signing Aster Vranckx has been compared to two midfielders by his former team-mate Sofiane Bouzian.

Vranckx arrived on transfer deadline day on an initial loan deal from Wolfsburg that will also have an option to buy that can be exercised next summer. He could make his debut against Inter in the derby tomorrow, a game you can have a gamble on with gg.bet/en/esports.

MilanNews contacted Sofiane Bouzian – Vranckx’s former team-mate during his time at KV Mechelen – to get some insight on exactly what the 19-year-old will bring.

Sofiane, can you tell us the best qualities of your friend and former team-mate Aster Vranckx?

“First of all, Aster is very robust physically and he always has been, even when he was very young. He comes from a boxing family and despite the fact that he didn’t go to the gym often he had a physical overwhelming power that allowed him to get the better of everyone in training. He was young (16) but physically he was already ready and never held back in duels.

Vranckx on the field is not afraid of anything, he is not joking. But on the outside he’s a quiet guy who likes to joke. There is a true friendship between us, we weren’t just team-mates. I had been following him since the youth academy and as soon as he landed in the first team we tied up immediately. 

“Being two years younger than me, I immediately took him under my wing, giving him lots of advice on what to do. And I immediately realised that Aster is not at all arrogant and that he listened when someone gave him advice. He is essentially a hard worker who is on and off the pitch to reach the top.”

On the pitch is he a little pit bull like Rino Gattuso then?

“Yes, it’s a comparison that fits. If there is a ball to be recovered, my friend always takes a lot of grit. Even if this sometimes involves the risk of hurting the opponent.”

For those unfamiliar with him, is Aster more of a defensive or an attacking midfielder?

“In the beginning he was a midfield winger with defensive duties who disrupted the opponent’s football. But over the years he has added dribbling and running into the opposing penalty area to his repertoire. At Mechelen he has improved a lot technically and he himself prefers to get forward because he knows how to score.”

Many have compared him to compatriot Axel Witsel…

“I fully agree, he is very similar to Axel Witsel even if the Atletico Madrid player is more of a defensive midfielder who dictates the game times with his passes. I know that Aster would rather be a Tielemans than a Witsel on the pitch. 

“At the beginning of his career Vranckx looked a lot like Witsel but over time he got very close to Tielemans thanks to his excellent technique, even if Youri does not recover balls while he does. 

“On reflection, I think it’s a perfect mix between Axel and the Leicester player. But more complete than both. If he were to go to Milan he will bring dribbling, decisive assists and a pinch of madness like shooting at goal from the edge.” 

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