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The Five Youngsters Leading the Bundesliga Revolution

The five youngsters leading the Bundesliga revolution

With Bayern Munich so publicly struggling at the start of the new season, all signs are pointing to the most contested Bundesliga campaign in recent memory.

A huge part of the early success that the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt are enjoying has been down to the impressive starts from some of their most inexperienced players.

Quickly becoming a breeding ground for some of Europe’s most sought-after talents, who are the young starlets that are stealing the show in Germany’s top-tier?


1. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund

If there is one player who has played a huge part in the newfound attention on the Bundesliga, it has been the dramatic rise of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Since swapping the Premier League for the Bundesliga back in 2017, the former Manchester City starlet has seen his stock skyrocket.

Operating off the right-hand side of Lucien Farve’s midfield, the youngster has been a key part of BVB’s push to the top of the German table.

In his opening nine appearances this season, Sancho has now recorded four goals and four assists.

Recording his first European goal during Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid last month, Sancho also became the second youngest Englishman to score a Champions League goal.

… He only sits behind Liverpool’s Alex-Oxlade Chamberlin.

His performances in the Bundesliga have been so eye-catching that the 18-year-old also earned his first senior cap for Gareth Southgate’s England last month.

While it is almost impossible to argue that Pep Guardiola has got anything wrong during his tenure in Manchester, fans will still be quietly morning the loss of a player quickly gaining the tag of Europe’s most promising prospect.


2. Reiss Nelson – Hoffenheim

Although Sancho might be stealing the headlines in rural Germany, another English youngster is also making his mark in the Bundesliga.

Since moving to Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal over the summer, Reiss Nelson’s rise at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena has been nothing short of colossal.

Already netting six goals in Germany’s top-tier, the young forward once again put in an impressive showing over the weekend.

With Hoffenheim drawing 1-1 with Augsburg on Saturday, Nelson was brought on in the 81st minute, just two minutes later he scored the winner.

The 18-year-old was also named as the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for October.

His tally in November also sees him sat just one spot behind Robert Lewandoski in the Bundesliga’s goalscoring charts.

With Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal side looking to mount a return to Champions League football, could the former PSG boss be tempted to bring Nelson back to North London?


3. Luka Jovic – Eintracht Frankfurt

Moving away from the Premier League‘s tie to the Bundesliga, Benfica loanee Luka Jovic is another young attacking player enjoying a stellar start during his spell in Germany.

Heading to Eintracht Frankfurt on a year-long deal, the 20-year-old’s blossoming relationship with Sébastien Haller has played a huge part in the Eagles’ surprising start.

Thanks to Jovic’s nine Bundesliga goals already this season, Frankfurt find themselves sat fourth in the table, their goal difference also sees them marginally ahead of defending champions, Bayern Munich.

Quickly becoming the poster boy for Adi Hütter’s side, Jovic has begun to receive plenty of plaudits from across Europe.

Most recently, the Serbian U21 international has been linked with a potential move to both Chelsea and Tottenham.

With Jovic’s loan deal offering Frankfurt the chance to bring their leading goalscorer in on a permanent basis for just £5.3 million in January, it is hard to find a better bargain in all of world football right now.


4. Achraf Hakimi – Borussia Dortmund

While Sancho might be a young star dazzling in the final third, Dortmund’s charge to the top of the table has been in large part thanks to the immediate success of 19-year-old defender Achraf Hakimi.

Appearing to escape from Real Madrid at the perfect time prior to their well-publicized struggles, the Los Blancos’ loanee is quickly becoming a firm fan favorite at the Westfalenstadion.

Although he was heavily utilized as a right-back during his time with the Champions League winners, the Morocco international is flourishing in his new role on the left-hand side of Farve’s defensive quartet.

He has additionally demonstrated a willingness to get involved in the play, making an average of 99.3 touches per match, second only to Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich in the position (103.9).

Scoring Dortmund’s seventh in his debut against Nuremberg, Hakimi also has a pair of assists to his name.

Renowned for his defensive maturity at such a young age, the Madrid ‘man’ picked up Nelson’s Bundesliga Rookie of the Month award for September.

Quickly being billed as the most promising young full-back in Europe, Dortmund will need Hakimi to play a crucial part if they’re to win their first league title in since 2012.


5. Nordi Mukiele – RB Leipzig

If there is one man who can rival Hakimi as the most versatile defender in the Bundesliga it is certainly the ever impressive Nordi Mukiele.

Enjoying a breakout year with Montpellier last season, the 21-year-old was reported to have been receiving plenty of interest from some of Europe’s most prestigious sides.

However, in a deal worth £14million, RB Leipzig were able to secure his signature and it looks like it was a very wise investment.

Quickly becoming an everpresent in the Bundesliga Team of the Month, Mukiele’s performances have now helped the Bulls go without conceding a domestic goal since September 29th.

Tom Dunstan

25-year-old freelance football writer & editor from Essex, England.
Formerly of The Independent.
Falmouth University graduate.
Long-suffering West Ham fan.

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