Report: Tahid Set For Feyenoord Trial
From Maple Ridge to Rotterdam – for now.
The Canadian Premier League’s youngest professional footballer, TJ Tahid, is set to begin a training stint with the Dutch top flight slide Feyenoord, as per news outlet 1908.
The 16-year-old Vancouver FC midfielder cemented himself as a full-fledged professional this year, carving out three goals and twenty appearances to cap off his rookie season. He also got called up to the Canada U-17 ranks, featuring in every possible match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup this fall.
Now, his next adventure will the 16-year-old test himself in Europe – and despite his young age, that’s far from the first time he’ll have done so.
The Maple Ridge-born teenager has enjoyed prior training spells abroad with FC Midtjylland, Villarreal, and the New York Red Bulls even prior to turning professional with Vancouver FC, where he had also spent months trialing before signing shortly after his sixteenth birthday.
The youngster is set for a training period due to begin this month, with Voetbalzone reporting that Feyenoord fully intends to sign the youngster should he impress. Vancouver FC holds his contract, however, so Feyenoord would have to table a good offer to the Canadian Premier League side for Tahid’s services.
Vancouver FC has had multiple under contract athletes test themselves in Europe doing Canada’s long offseason, with youngster James Cameron trialing with Luton Town (among others) while midfielder Elliot Simmons remains training with Barnet.
What happens next remains to be seen: the left-sided winger has looked quite good at the CPL level, particularly when factoring his age. Ghotbi had also tested him on the right flank, with Tahid passing that test in versatility too.
“It’s rare to see a 16-year-old with that much maturity,” his VFC teammate Gabriel Bitar told us this fall. “You would think he’s 25. He’s really growing into himself and getting more confidence day in and day out. I think just playing at this level kind of pushed him ahead of his years: Physically, he’s there. Technically, he’s there. I think he just needs to establish himself and I think next year can be a very big year for him.”
TJ wouldn’t be the first BC-born athlete to test himself amongst Feyenoord’s ranks, with long-retired midfielder Jacob Lensky once featuring for the first team in 2007. Feyenoord also counts Canada U-15 international Kevin Khan amongst its ranks, with the Woodbridge, Ontario-born youngster recently feautring in all four matches for Canada at the Concacaf Boys U-15 Championship.
Header Image Photo Credit: Beau Chevalier