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Sky Sports Scout - Thibaut Courtois

We run the rule over Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

After a few weeks scouting the European Under-21 Championship, he is back with a new look.

Our Scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of his appraisal.

NAME: Thibaut Courtois AGE: 19 (11th May, 1992) BORN: Bree, Belgium POSITION: Goalkeeper CLUB: Genk (set to sign for Chelsea) FACTS: Has been with Genk since the age of 7 Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Genk starlet Thibaut Courtois - recommended by Sky Sports reader Valerie Decoorne.

The scout reports...

On the brink of joining Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois is already being described as one of the best young keepers in the world - but is he?

Courtois, despite only being 19, has just helped Genk to the Belgian championship and has already been called into the full international squad.

The teeanger began life as a left-back, but having joined Genk at the age of seven, he was converted into a goalkeeper and, well, the rest is history.

Already standing at some 6ft 6in, Courtois is a big target - but he is agile with it. He loves to come off his line when required and is brilliantly brave, a feature some modern day keepers often lack.

Courtois does love to punch and parry the ball, in often spectacular fashion, something which he may need to iron out in the future but it has stood him in good stead thus far.

His form for Genk this season has seen a huge number of clubs tracking him but it is Chelsea who are set to complete his signing. Despite already having Petr Cech, one of the world's great goalkeepers, they are already looking to the future and they have picked out Courtois as the man to replace him.

The scout says...

On his way to Chelsea in a €5million deal, but very sensibly he will be loaned back to Genk for at least one season.

Looks a brilliant prospect and will be interesting to see how the Blues handle his progression.

The Scout rating...

Handling: 7 out of 10

Kicking: 7 out of 10

Agility: 9 out of 10

Judgement: 7 out of 10

Positioning: 8 out of 10

Shot-stopping: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability : 10 out of 10


Current value: £5million

Potential value: £20million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Thibaut Courtois - now we want your views. Have you seen Courtois in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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