Zinho Vanheusden is an elite football player whose statistics are not easy to beat. This Belgian international is currently plying his trade in his native Belgium, playing for Belgian top-flight side Genk. Zinho Vanheusden started his career in football when he was just 16 years old, making him one of the youngest players to be called up by Belgian National Team. Zinho Vanheusden first played for the Zalgens Zwartel Zee Football School before moving on to play for Antwerp University where he impressed with his physique and kicking abilities, earning him a scholarship.
Zinho Vanheusden impressed the Zalgens coach with his ability to play both centrally and wide, as well as his control and passing. Zinho Vanheusden also trained with the Zayed clan before turning professional, which helped him improve his game and work ethic on the pitch. Zinho Vanheusden’s performances earned him a call up to the Belgian national team, where he made three appearances for the Under-19s. Zinho Vanheusden became a regular in the Zayed clan’s first team and impressed the coach with his workrate and strength on the pitch. Zinho Vanheusden’s impressive showing earned him a recall to the Belgium international team, where he impressed again, this time as a right wing-back, and again earned him a call up to the Uefa Europa League.
Zinho Vanheusden impressed Zlatko Zlatkovic with his physical presence and kicking ability, which impressed the Italian manager enough to include Zinho Vanheusden in his World Cup squad. The Dutchman played a full season with Zlatko Zlatkovic in the league, scoring one goal in six games. Although Vanheusden only made one appearance in the cup final, he was named man of the tournament along witharesti Koke and Miroslav Radosavova. Koke and Radosavova played a part in the four trophies that Zlatko Zlatkovic lifted at the 2021 FIFA World Cup. Koke is currently playing for AC Milan in Italy, whilst Radosavova is playing for Russia.
Zinho Vanheusden also featured regularly for the Belgium Uefa side, and impressed coach Belgium coach Louis van Gaal when he was selected to play at left wing back. Van Gaal was impressed by Vanheusden’s ability to track back and help defend by making good runs into the attacking third. He also impressed during his two games for the national team, making one appearance as an attacking midfielder against England. Vanheusden played in a right wing position during the win over England and made an excellent goal against Spain in their last World Cup group game. It would have been difficult for any defender to come off top against Spain, and Vanheusden deserves credit for helping his team to reach the semifinals.
|Age||21 years old|
|Born||29 July 1999|
Zinho Vanheusden also had a fairly short playing career in football, having only started just 19 games for Ajax. Despite this, Vanheusden has scored five goals in just nine games for Ajax, as well as providing two assists and providing ballast for teammates. Zinho Vanheusden was also loaned to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 2021 and played a part in the club winning the league title. Vanheusden was then signed by Celtic in a large transfer fee and played two seasons for the Scottish club. He failed to feature for Celtic again following a move to Spain, and spent three years playing for Watford in the Championship.
Zinho Vanheusden’s profile is certainly worth researching if you are looking for a young, attacking defender with an accurate passing range. The Ajax academy is also interested in Zinho Vanheusden and are reported to be looking to sign the player permanently. Vanheusden’s signing from Vitesse may also interest from Manchester United, who may be interested in bringing a Spanish international player on loan to their academy. Given Vanheusden’s age (20), and the quality of football he provides, it would surely make life easier for any Manchester United manager, or coach.