Champions League underdogs have a Burberry model who could’ve played for England

Club Brugge have a Burberry model among their ranks – and the player could have featured for England.

Owen Otasowie, who’s part of the Belgian side’s squad, stars on the catwalk in his spare time for the famous clothing brand.

The 21-year-old rose from Wolves’ Under-21s side and ended up making seven senior appearances for the club. The defensive-midfielder joined Club Brugge for around £3.5million in 2021.

While he has only made two outings so far, the team are dominating the Champions League this season as the campaign’s surprise package.

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The underdogs top Group B, having won three games and drawn once. Most remarkably, despite playing Porto, Atletico Madrid, and Bayer Leverkusen, the side who are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages, they are yet to concede a goal so far.

The youngster was born in New York but was raised in London. It gives him dual nationality, meaning he could have played for the Three Lions, but he opted to play for America. He made his first – and so far only – senior appearance for the side in 2020.

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As for Otasowie, he is an up-and-comer among their ranks – and there was a time when it was thought he could make it at Wolves.

Walid Mohamed, founder of Mass Elite Academy where Otasowie honed his craft, told The Athletic.

“When he first came to us he wasn’t the most talented boy we had, to be honest. He had all the attributes in terms of physicality, but then he really developed as a player. His best strength is his strength but he also played with great intensity and is very tenacious.”

Former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said of the player when he was manager of the Midlands side: “Owen has been involved with other clubs and academies and all these things… sometimes with a young player, a door has been closed on his life and some people give up.

“I always say you have a second chance and Owen had this moment here. He’s using this opportunity well because he’s working very hard. Being inside a club is more important for a player, but there are different ways to achieve things. As long as you don’t give up.”


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