In the Footsteps of Sancho, Lookman and Oxford: Mönchengladbach Signing Keanan Bennetts

The flow of talent from the Bundesliga to the Premier League has been largely one-way traffic in recent years with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kevin De Bruyne all moving to England. However, the tide may be turning and following the success achieved last season by Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, Ademola Lookman at RB Leipzig and Reece Oxford at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Bundesliga has snapped up another top young talent from the UK. Here’s the lowdown on Keanan Bennetts, Gladbach’s latest young British foal.

Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl must be a face UK customs officials recognise following his now regular trips to London to pick out young talent to take back to Germany. The past few seasons have seen the Fohlen boss sign Mandela Egbo and Reece Oxford and he has now flown back to Nordrhein Westfalen with another hot prospect from England- 19-year-old Keanan Bennetts.

Bennetts is a product of the Tottenham youth academy and has signed a four-year deal at the Borussia Park with a transfer fee of £2 million reported. The left-back/ left winger has excelled for the Spurs development side over the past couple of seasons, but has not found a way to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad due to intense competition.

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Playing in the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League, Bennetts has shown huge versatility appearing on both flanks as well as adapting to the left full-back slot. Overall he scored nine goals and provided eight assists.  His strengths lie in his pace, his ability to take on defenders and beat them and he has the ability to score goals. Free-kicks are also part of his arsenal and he recently scored two in a Premier League 2 clash with London rivals Chelsea.

Compared to the likes of Sancho, Lookman and Oxford, it should be much easier for Bennetts to adapt to life in Germany and the Bundesliga as his mother is German (hailing from Hamburg) and he already speaks the language well (as his statement on his unveiling revealed).

He has even represented German at U-15 level internationally playing in two friendlies back in 2014 against the Netherlands when coach Frank Engel called him up. He has since switched allegiance to England, whom he has represented at U-16, U-17 and U-19 levels.

“Keanan can play a variety of attacking roles,” beamed Max Eberl as he unveiled Bennetts. “He has played for Spurs in the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League this season, and we back him to make the step up to the Bundesliga. We’re delighted he’s chosen to sign for Borussia.”

Bennetts is represented by the SportsTotal agency which also has huge stars Toni Kroos and Marco Reus on its books.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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