Coach of Belgian side Gent is optimistic that Nigerian defender William Troost- Ekong can cope with the threat of Tottenham Hotspur star forward Harry Kane, when both sides clash in the Europa League.
Ekong played his first game for the team last weekend against Charleroi, 18 months after joining them as he has been on loan with Norwegian side FK Haugesund.
Coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck believes he has seen enough in the 23 year old to suggest he won’t be out of sort, when he comes up against Spurs forward Harry Kane.
Ekong who travelled with the team during their Europa League group games his ineligibility to play as he wasn’t registered back then, will get his baptism of fire when they take on Spurs in the knockout stage.
The 23 year old Dutch-Nigerian started his career at White Hart Lane with Spurs, and at a time was teammates with Harry Kane at youth level.
” Ekong did very well in our first game, I have never doubted him. He just needed time to play for us, he is at a stage right now where he is so confident in his abilities and play. Hopefully he will give us an edge against Spurs in the Europa League”, he said.