Borussia Mönchengladbach: Foals Look Abroad for Teen Talent

Following the success of English youngster Reece Oxford with Borussia Mönchengladbach during the 2017/2018 season, the Foals have again looked abroad to sign teen talents. with London-born Keanan Bennetts, 19, signed from Tottenham Hotspur and 18 year-old Christian Theoharous joining the club from Australia’s Melbourne Victory.

Bennetts, who stands at 1.83 m, is a left-winger who played last season for the Spurs’ reserve team.  He featured in a total of 32 matches, with 22 matches in the EPL’s reserve league with another seven appearances in the UEFA Youth League and three matches in the EFL Trophy competition, scoring a total of nine goals while adding eight assists.  The son of a German mother and Nigerian father, Bennetts represented Germany at the U15 level but since has played 10 matches for English national youth sides.  The teen signed a four-year deal with Gladbach on a 2.25 million euro transfer fee.

Max Eberl, the Foals’ veteran Sporting Director, commented

Keanan can play a variety of attacking roles. 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

According to a recent article from England, Bennetts also showed that he was comfortable playing at left back last season.  He has displayed “pace, strength, the ability to beat a man, an eye for goal and takes a mean set piece. Arguably the most improved player in the last 18 months in the development squad.”

Bennetts’ ability to speak German, as he demonstrates here, should also help him fit in quicikly with Borussia.

Foals Sign Australian Teen

Eberl and company also completed the signing of Christian Theoharous.  The youngster of Greek descent made 18 appearances for the Melbourne Victory during the 2018 season, helping the team to the Australian Grand Finale although he missed the Victory’s win in the Final due to suffering an injury the game before.  The left-winger, who also can play at the forward position, scored one goal this season in A-League competition, in March against the Central Coast Mariners.  He also made six appearances for the Victory in the AFC Champions League.  Theoharous has been with the Victory since 2014 and previously played for the club’s U21 squad.

“Christian Theoharous is a viable player. We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia,” Borussia’s Director of the Talent Development Centre Roland Virkus said.

Theoharous joins former Brisbane Roar played Kwame Yeboah, 23, on the Foals’ squad, although Yeboah has yet to make a senior appearance with the club, playing last season on loan with SC Paderborn.  Gladbach have a history with Australiam players, having also employed Craig Moore, Matthew Leckie and Damian Moore.

Christian Theoharous with the Victory
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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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