Imke Courtois, a former star for the Belgian women’s national team, praised the young Nigerian forward Victor Boniface after his excellent debut in the Belgian Pro League.

The 21-year-old joined Royale Union Saint Gilloise in August for €2 million after more than three years spell with Norwegian Bod/Glimt.

Boniface has been one of the season’s biggest surprises after he replaced the club legend Deniz Undav who move to Brighton & Hove Albion for a six million euro transfer fee.

The German forward who helped Union SG to gain promotion to the top division in 2021 and then inspired them to finish second in their first season in the Belgian Jupiler was never going to be an easy striker to replace at Stade Joseph Marien.

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But Boniface has stepped up to the plate without hesitation with the Nigerian star has demonstrated mobility throughout the offensive line while playing off star scorer Dante Vanzeir.

Boniface, who has already been compared to Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, is giving defenders in Belgium and elsewhere all kinds of difficulties.

Imke Courtois, a former Standard Liège defender, believes Boniface will be one of the season’s surprises.

Belgian women’s national team legend told De Zondag, as per Voetbal24. “He’s really good: big, very strong, fast, good feet,”

“It’s great that Union found him. After Undav, the perfect complement for Dante Vanzeir. Kudos in any case to their transfer policy; that club is really excellently managed.”

Boniface has a goals and an assist in five league matches for Les Unionistes including scoring the Union SG’s winner against Malmo as he net his first-ever triumph in the Europa League on Thursday night.

 

 

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