Vicente Del Bosque, Spain National Team boss has hailed the development of Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, explaining that the youngster will play a key role in the future of his national team (and the present, Bosque).
Hector Bellerin wasn’t supposed to be a part of Spain’s party to the Euros in France. He was however one of the younger players called up as cover when the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid players were on duty in the Champions League final.
Dani Carvajal got himself injured during that game and Del Bosque confirmed at his squad announcement that Bellerin would be the replacement for the Madrid defender.
Speaking at his press conference on Wednesday, Del Bosque was full of praise for the pacey Gunners starlet.
“We had taken the decision among the full-backs we’ve had recently, including Mario, [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Juanfran and Carvajal.
“[Once Carvajal was injured we had the kids with us, and [Bellerin] has been doing very well at Arsenal in recent years.
“We have full confidence in him. Bellerin will be an important player for sure, in the present, and in the future of the Spanish team.” (Now you are talking)
An important player he is certainly turning out to be as he picked up his first assist for the Spanish National Team in their 6-1 thrashing of South Korea.
No one could have predicted the remarkable rise of Bellerin given that he was no where near the first team at the start of last season. He was 4th on the list of right backs at the club behind Debuchy who was brought in to replace Manchester City bound Sagna, Jenkinson and Calum Chambers. Debuchy’s injury, Jenkinson’s loan move and Chamber’s indifferent form meant Bellerin had the position to himself and grabbed it he did.
He played in all but two games this season in the Premier League and he was the only Arsenal player to be named in the PFA Team of the Year.