Despite a rigorous schedule of Englische Woche madness, derby preparations and media commitments – it appears Max Eberl, Lucien Favre and their staff can actually work miracles. Borussia Mönchengladbach announced Monday contract extension for twenty year-old midfielder Nico Brandenburger, their second bit of such personnel business in the space of a very busy week.
Brandenburger, who can play also in defence, has a new deal running into 2017. The defensive midfielder has progressed through the youth ranks at the Niederrhein club following a move from Hertha BSC at the age of fifteen. He has yet to make an competitive appearance for the first team, appearing only as an unused substitute and in friendlies for the club.
Nonetheless, the 5’10” Brandenburger is widely expected to step up to Bundesliga football in the coming years in spite of tough competition from seasoned professionals – newly extended Granit Xhaka among them – as well as from fellow younger players, including Mahmoud Dahoud. From occasional captain Tony Jantschke to recent addition Julian Korb, the path to the professional ranks has been established for the young midfielder to follow.
In an interview with the club’s official website, Borussia.de, Brandenburger stated “I feel very comfortable at the club and am convinced that Borussia are providing me the prospect to develop further.”
This sentiment was echoed by Eberl, who added “Nico has developed very well. We trust him to make the next step with us and soon play his first Bundesliga game.”
Brandenburger has been a key member of the Borussia II side which currently sit in third place in the Regionalliga West, just five points behind top side, Alemannia Aachen. Gladbach’s reserve side also features the likes of Bilal Sezer, Marlon Ritter, and Marvin Schulz, all midfielders who, like Brandenburger, are tipped as having a promising future.
Overall, it’s a good time for youth development at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Will Brandenburger feature at any point in the remaining season? That remains to be seen; but whatever the case, the youngster will continue striving towards a professional appearance.
“I’ll give everything to be able play my first Bundesliga game in the kit of the Fohlenelf as quickly as possible” said Brandenburger.