Burkina Faso Starlet Hassane Balde Takes Europe by Storm


All it took for Hassane Balde to have all of footballing Europe remember his name was 11 games in Belgium top flight Jupiler Pro League.

The 19-year-old Burkina Faso talent moved to KV Mechelen from native club Salitas last summer and went on to become one of the biggest sensations in Belgium thanks to impressive appearances and whopping nine goals in 11 matches thus far.

Bande has been an instant fit with his club and already has several big clubs keeping a close watch on him including Valencia, Sevilla, three Bundesliga sides and Premier League giants Arsenal.

Mechelen insist they have no intention of selling their prized asset in winter and are seemingly in no rush to cash in on a player who is contracted to Belgian side until 2019.

It could become rather difficult to maintain such a stance, however, in case a lucrative offer comes for a player who was valued at paltry €800,000 upon his arrival to Europe.