There can be no doubt that young English talents are the new must-have for many Bundesliga clubs following the astonishing success of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. With playing time at their Premier League clubs hard to come by and their development stunted by expensive foreign imports, an increasing number of young players are being wooed by the Bundesliga and the prospect of following in the footsteps of 19-year-old Sancho.
Last season saw Arsenal duo Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim) and Emile Smith-Rowe (RB Leipzig) loaned out to the Bundesliga and there is no shortage of candidates to follow them next season. German scouts have been regular visitors to Premier League academy games over the past 12 months keeping tabs on some highly promising teenagers. Let’s take a look at some of those players hoping to become the ‘Next Jadon Sancho’.
Callum Hudson Odoi
Chelsea’s 18-year-old winger has been the most high-profile name linked with a move to the Bundesliga with champions Bayern Munich showing more than a passing interest. The Bavarians saw numerous bids for the player rejected in the January transfer window and they view Hudson-Odoi as an option as they look to replenish their squad following the departures of veteran wingers Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben.
Chelsea were steadfast in their dealings with Bayern in the Winter transfer window, but with the player’s contract in its last year, he would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January next year.
Bayern’s reported interest in Leroy Sané might mean Hudson-Odoi is now a secondary target, but President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has intimated that both players could ultimately still arrive at the Allianz Arena. Much however depends on promises made by Chelsea regarding their plans for the winger now that Eden Hazard seems to be on his way to Real Madrid. The prospect of more first-team action could see them hang on to their player.
Hudson-Odoi has pace, intelligence and technical skill in abundance and has shown that he is ready to step up to the next level. His ability to play on either flank makes him extremely versatile and it just remains to be seen whether it is Stamford Bridge or the Allianz Arena that will get to witness his skills next season.
Arsenal’s conveyor belt of talent from their academy shows no sign of slowing down, but the route to the Gunners’ first-team is still a tricky one to navigate for their talented teens. As mentioned, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe both took the option of gaining valuable experience in Germany last season and 18-year-old winger Amaechi could well follow suit.
Bayern Munich (surprise, surprise!) are one club linked with the player but a report earlier in the season claimed that up to 15 Bundesliga clubs sent scouts to watch Amaechi play for Arsenal’s U23 side in a game with Swansea.
Amaechi’s contract expires on 30th June 2020 meaning that Arsenal will have to move quickly if they are to stave off the circling Bundesliga clubs.
So, what’s all the fuss about?
Nominally a left-footed player operating on the right wing, the teenager is powerfully built and has pace to burn giving him the ability to take on and beat fullbacks with ease. Cutting in from the right and shooting with his left is a particular strength (Robben Mark II?).
Having seen the benefits enjoyed by club mates Nelson and Smith Rowe, the attraction of the Bundesliga must seem a big pull for the youngster.
It is not just Amaechi that the London side risk losing this summer with striker Tyreece John-Jules another player on the radar of a number of Bundesliga sides.
While predominantly a striker, the 18-year-old can also be deployed in a deeper role which sees him getting more involved in his side’s build-up play. He can use both feet making it a nightmare for defenders when guessing which way he is going to take them on. He scored 16 goals for Arsenal’s academy side this season, while contributing eight assists.
Contracted until 2020, he has already attracted the attention and interest of both Paris St Germain and AS Monaco. The Ligue 1 sides are surely going to face stiff competition from the Bundesliga should the teenager opt to try his luck away from the Emirates.
With news emerging that Noah Ohio has turned down signing a new contract with Manchester City, the 16-year-old striker has alerted a number of Bundesliga clubs. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have all been reportedly keeping tabs on the highly talented forward and moves will surely now step up to take him to Germany.
Born in the Netherlands, Ohio moved to England in 2015 first with Manchester United, then with local rivals Manchester City. However, like Jadon Sancho (BVB) and Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), the Citizens look set to lose another ‘Wonderkid’ to Bundesliga as the youngster looks for more regular first-team action.
Having represented both England and the Netherlands at U-16 level he now looks set to follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps and try his luck in the German top flight. While both Bayern and BVB are linked, it is RB Leipzig who have been scouting the player heavily over the past weeks and months.
Having already taken Ademola Lookman and Emile Smith Rowe to Saxony die Rote Büllen are no strangers to young English talent and are once again being linked with a teenage talent from the UK.
Despite not having made his full debut for his Championship side Ipswich, 18-year-old Dylan Crowe is being linked with a move to the Red Bull Arena this summer. With Celtic and David Wagner’s former club Huddersfield also reportedly tracking the youngster, RB will have to move fast to secure the right-back.
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