With club football in full flow and the 2018 World Cup approaching, Freebets.com have picked out U21 players to watch from many of Europe’s finest leagues. Here are our five ‘U21 players to watch’ from Germany’s Bundesliga:
One star who will sadly miss out on the World Cup is Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, the 19 year old American taking names on all fronts. Pulisic has already become his nation’s brightest talent with 20 caps to his name, also featuring 68 times for the BVB. Pulisic is a diminutive, agile and rapid dribbler with no fear and a penchant for big moments. Regardless of constant fierce competition with Dortmund, this youngster can be a staple of their side for years to come.
Another youngster hyped at a remarkably early age, Timo Werner began to make an impact for Stuttgart back in 2013. When his hometown club for relegated in 2016, Werner became RB Leipzig’s record signing on the back of a decent domestic season, making an unthinkable impact instantly. The speedster was the highest scoring German in the top tier with 21 goals in 31 games and that record soon translated to Germany’s national side. In his second season with Leipzig, Werner is already linked with bigger moves as his outstanding form shows no signs of ending. His movement upfront makes one of the best in the world for his age group – surely he will lead Germany’s frontline permanently in the future?
Upon making his debut in 2016, Kai Havertz became Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest ever Bundesliga debutant and his progression hasn’t stopped there. Havertz has already earned comparisons to Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze with his mazy dribbling and vision, making 32 appearances at club level. Havertz hasn’t been rushed into Germany’s national team set-up and it’s working wonders. With a combined 27 caps for Germany’s U16, U17 and U19 set-ups, Leverkusen’s youngest ever goalscorer will become a star in time.
Another player from the current ranks of Borussia Dortmund, Mahmoud Dahoud agreed a move to the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in March 2017. Under Andre Schubert’s stewardship, Dahoud gained a place in the heart of a Gladbach midfield who showed sensational guile to battle with some of the Bundesliga and Champions League’s finest. Dahoud stood out with his eye for a pass, outrageous control and eye-catching energy levels. The Syrian born Germany U21 international WILL get capped by Germany soon enough.
The third member of the Borussia Dortmund alumni is English winger Jadon Sancho, who controversially moved on from Manchester City following a superb summer with the England U17 national side. Sancho had been highly rated with City, so much so that Pep Guardiola had plans to integrate him into their first team. Believing his path to be blocked, Sancho seeked a move away and got his wish on deadline day 2017 when BVB came calling. Just 17 years old, this kid is blessed with agility, dynamism, strong balance, tremendous enthusiasm and a remarkable habit of cutting in from the flank and finding the net. The sky is the limit for Jadon Sancho.