Only the best shots find their way past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - and this stunning strike by Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj during Belgium’s latest training session was exactly that.
The 19-year-old was filmed during an open training session slamming a spectacular shot into the top corner of the net - leaving Courtois, who is arguably the best keeper on the planet at this moment in time, rooted to the spot. The man who has spent the last three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid didn’t even have time to blink.
It was a strike from a youngster full of confidence after his surprise call-up to Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad. Januzaj made his Belgium debut in last month’s 5-1 friendly win over Luxembourg, but his first cap was taken away from his earlier this week after head coach Marc Wilmots exceeded the permitted number of substitutes during the match. Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku also had his hat-trick wiped from the official records because of his manager’s mistake.
Januzaj, who was one of Manchester United’s few impressive performers from the horror show that was the 2013/14 campaign, could force his way into Belgium’s starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Algeria on June 17.
Courtois, meanwhile, is the Red Devils’ undisputed number one keeper ahead of Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. The 22-year-old is expected to replace Petr Cech as the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper from the start of next season.