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Noa Lang: Things to know about the Netherlands starlet

Daniel Feliciano
May 5, 2021, 5:15 PM GMT+1
Noa Lang is having a breakout season at Club Brugges
Noa Lang is having a breakout season at Club Brugges / Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images
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If there's one thing you can guarantee in life, it's that the Netherlands are constantly churning out wonderkid footballers.

Next up to make waves is 21-year-old Noa Lang, currently at Club Brugges in Belgium. He has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and his performances have made top level teams stand up and take notice, including Leeds United in the Premier League.

But who is Lang? Here's everything you need to know.

1. Feyenoord academy before Ajax poached him

There is a fierce rivalry in Holland between Rotterdam and Amsterdam's biggest clubs, but that didn't stop Lang from crossing the imaginary line in the sand.

Lang was at Feyenoord's academy from the age of six up until he was 14, when he opted to join Ajax.

2. Can play in attack or in midfield

As with many young Dutch footballers, Lang is a technical wizard on the ball and can play across a string of positions in both midfield and attack.

While he describes himself as a winger, he has often been used as a centre forward as well as a number ten and central midfielder too, making him a threat anywhere on the pitch.

3. Scored a hat-trick on his first Ajax start

Noa Lang
Lang scored a hat-trick on his first league start for the club / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Lang made history in an Ajax shirt when he made his first league start for the club, becoming the first player in 60 years to mark the occasion with a hat-trick.

With Ajax 2-0 down at FC Twente, Lang smashed a cut-back into the roof of the net to pull one back before equalising with a low shot into the corner. He topped it off with a tap in after a huge goalkeeper error to make it 4-2 as Ajax wrapped up the three points.

4. Permanent move to Club Brugges set for this summer

Noa Lang
Lang moved to Belgium on an initial season-long loan / BSR Agency/Getty Images

After falling out with the Ajax manager, Lang was allowed to leave on loan for Club Brugges in Belgium with an obligation to make the move permanent.

He has scored 16 goals and registered 10 assists in 33 appearances this season and after penning a deal until 2024, any club that wants to take him away is likely to have to pay upwards of £20m.

5. Dutch youth international

Noa Lang
Lang is a Dutch youth international / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Born and raised in Rotterdam, Lang has represented the Netherlands at international level from under-16s all the way through to under-21s, with a combined nine goals in 28 games.

Despite his outstanding form at club level, it's unlikely that he'll make the Euro 2020 squad this summer but the future is bright for this young man.

6. FIFA 21 and PES rating

Quick, tricky wingers are the alpha on FIFA 21 and that makes Lang a great prospect. They have him rated at 75 overall but he's able to grow to about 83 which makes him a good signing for any mid-table Premier League sides in your career mode.

In PES they rate him a little bit higher when it comes to potential, starting him off at 74 overall with the ability to go all the way up to 88 making him a top prospect for the top sides in the world.

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