SA starlet tipped for huge future in Europe

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Varbergs BoIS midfielder Luke Le Roux has been tipped for a huge future in Europe after an impressive debut season in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Le Roux departed SuperSport United for the Swedish top-flight as a teenager in February last year without having made his league debut for the club.

With just a handful of games in the CAF Confederation and Nedbank Cup competitions, the technically gifted midfielder exceeded expectations by developing into an ever-present figure under manager Joakim Persson as they retained their league status in their first-ever season in the Swedish top-flight.

And the former Atalanta midfielder was full of praise for the contribution to the five-time capped Amajita star who's considered one of the most promising talents in the league.

"He's one of the first players I put on the pitch, he's never produced a bad performance, never. His lowest level is very high but I think we can make him become a little more offensive in the game," Persson tells KickOff.com.

"Luke has it but he doesn't believe in it sometimes, he's very comfortable with the ball and he doesn't want to throw [possession] away. As a midfielder, he's comfortable finding his teammates but his vision too, he sees a lot in the game.

"But what he can improve is finding that last pass a little more often to get more assists or to give the team goal chances, which I saw a lot more of in the last ten games of the season."

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Persson admits Le Roux is far from reaching his potential as he's still '75-80 percent of his capacity' and has predicted that teams from Belgium or Netherlands will come knocking in future - should he maintain his current development.

"His first ten games he just wanted to do all the right things and the last ten games he played with more courage but absolutely one of our best players," Persson explains.

"For his age and not having much experience of senior top-flight football that he's come into, he's given us so much in his performances, week in and week out.

"I think one or two more seasons in Varberg as an important player that will give him the groundwork and wisdom for when he goes to a bigger league.

"I say when because I'm 100 percent certain he's going to the Eredivisie, Belgium, the possibilities are there and I think he's one of those players who can play in Germany, Spain, Italy - he's got all the tools for it."

Le Roux featured 23 times as a defensive midfielder in all competitions for Varbergs as they finished 11th in the 14-team division.

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