Given the current political situation in Germany it was a perhaps a touch ironic that one of the stars of week 9 in the Bundesliga was a 19-year-old Syrian born German U-19 international.
Last weekend André Schubert’s dream start as the head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach continued with a 1-5 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt to move die Fohlen up to 10th place in the league. The stand out performer on the day was a young midfielder by the name of Mahmoud “Mo” Dahoud.
Dahoud was signed by Fortuna Dusseldorf as a 14-year-old before making the move to Gladbach in 2010. Four years later, Lucien Favre handed him his first team debut in a 7-0 win against FK Sarajevo in a Europa League playoff game.
This season, however, Dahoud appears to have made the breakthrough from squad member to first team player, appearing in all nine of Gladbach’s Bundesliga games thus far as well as their three Champions League games.
Having played a bit part in the first five games of the season for the now departed Favre, he has begun to show his real talents under Schubert’s guidance. He scored his first goal for the club in the 4-2 against Augsburg and 3 weeks later notched his 2nd, along with providing an assist and winning a penalty in the game against Frankfurt.
His second goal for the club came after striking the ball from outside the box, with a deflection taking it into the back of the net. The young German then slid Raffael through one-on-one and the Brazilian kept his composure to shoot the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.
Dahoud was then fouled in the box by Marco Russ with Andre Hahn dispatching the penalty past Hradecky to make it four late on.
The German media have taken a page from the English media’s book, already lavishing unquantifiable praise on the midfielder. After only 14 first team appearances terms such as “Prodigy” and “The Gladbacher Gündoğan” have already started to creep into the many column inches written about Gladbach’s latest gem.
After the game at the weekend German legend Lothar Matthäus who was on punditary duty gave his seal of approval to Dahoud. The former German captain said of Dahoud’s performance “Dahoud played very very well today, he really showed us how much potential he has“. While it might be too early for some to jump on the bandwagon just yet you have to admit that anyone who has the former FIFA World Player of the Years seal of approval is definitely someone worth keeping an eye on.
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