German Talent Watch – Felix Passlack of Borussia Dortmund

Dubbed “the new Mario Götze”, 17 year-old right midfielder Felix Passlack has been with Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund, since 2012. Born in Bottrop, he started his career at SV Fortuna Bottrop, in 2002, spending eight years there; he later moved to Rot-WeiB Oberhausen in 2010 and spent two years in the North Rhine-Westphalia region before leaving for Dortmund on a free transfer.

Who is this Götze resembler? In terms of positioning, Passlack is versatile and can play either right midfield, left midfield, or right back. The youngster has also been likened to Marco Reus due to his playing style; like the current BVB star, Passlack is quick, skillful and has an eye for goal. He is also great in a dead ball situations, scoring numerous strikes, most noticeably for the Dortmund U19s side. The youngster also reportedly has great leadership qualities.

At 5’5″, the teen has been in fine form in Dortmund’s youth set-up. He has currently made seven appearances for Dortmund’s U19s in the A-Jugend Budesliga West League and scored an impressive 7 goals with 1 assist. Likewise, he has made one appearance in the DFB Junioren Pokel (Junior German Cup), scoring one goal.

It seems the youngster cant stop scoring, and it won’t be long before he is moved up to first team level if he continues. He started at left midfield scoring a hatrick on 19th August 2015 against SC Fortuna Koln, when Dortmund cruised to a 10-0 home victory. Nine days later, Passlack snatched a brace in the 5-1 away win over the Bayern Leverkusen U19s, playing at right midfield.

Impressively, Passlack captained the Germany Under-17 team in the Euros this summer and is being talked about as a future senior international right back. In September, he was voted as one of the three best young players for his age in Germany and was awarded the Fritz Walter gold medal.

On Passlack, former Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp stated: “The future of Borussia Dortmund is secured”, referring to Passlack and U19 teammate Dzenis Burnic, a 17 year-old of German-Bosnian background who plays mainly in central midfield.  Passlack was rewarded with a place on Borussia Dortmund’s first team Asia tour in the summer following a number of outstanding performances. Could Klopp potentially steal one of his former club’s most talented youth hot shots and take him to Liverpool? According to transfermarket, Passlack has a contract with Dortmund through June, 2018.

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Sam May

Sam May is a Sports Journalism student currently studying at the University of Chester. He’s part of the media team at Tranmere Rovers Football Club and complete’s their official home match reports. Aspiring to be a senior Sports Journalist or TV Commentator, he has completed a work placement with The Daily Mail. Other work lined up includes: The Independent, Press Association, Liverpool Echo, Shoot Magazine and Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Follow Sam: @Sam95May