The Bundesliga produces young talent like no other league it seems. Exciting players such as Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Max Meyer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller seem to roll off the Bundesliga talent conveyor belt almost at will.
But who will be the next star to emerge from the talent factory and take their career to the next level and become Germany’s next big thing? Here at the Fanatic we take a look at the next generation of youngsters emerging from the Bundesliga.
Felix Passlack (Borussia Dortmund)
Those in the know at Dortmund are already quietly confident they have unearthed the new Mario Götze. The 17-year-old plays wide on the right and was an integral member of the BVB squad that won U-17 Bundesliga in 2014. He captained the German international side at the 2015 European Under-17 Championship and was voted into the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
He’s a converted right-back whose strengths include his two-footedness, speed, dynamism and leadership skills. Last winter Jürgen Klopp invited the youngster to join the first-team for their training camp and many will be hoping that new trainer Thomas Tuchel gives him his Bundesliga debut in the forthcoming season.
Timo Baumgartl (VfB Stuttgart)
Alongside Timo Werner, 19-year-old defender Timo Baumgartl is the great new hope for the Swabians. The 6’2″ German U-19 international was handed his debut by Huub Stevens last season and made 20 Bundesliga appearances.
Arsenal were rumoured to be tracking him, but he’s signed a new deal at the Mercedes-Benz Arena until 2018. The forecasted departure of Antonio Rudiger from the club will be softened by the emergence of young Baumgartl- a star very much in the making.
Johannes Eggestein (Werder Bremen)
Werder’s youth set-up has produced a fair few talented youngsters of late with the likes of Davie Selke, Levent Ayçiçek, and Özkan Yıldırım all getting first-team action. Next out of the nursery may just be Johannes Eggestein, brother of Maximilian, who has already seen first-team action.
Another member of the German U-17 defeated by France in the recent European Championship, the younger Eggestein brother hit 22 goals in 25 matches for Werder’s U-17 squad last season becoming the Bundesliga U-17 top scorer. He’s more than just a goalscorer though and has all the attributes to become the complete forward.
Marcel Sobottka (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Gelsenkirchen has produced a near constant stream of young talent over the past few years with names such as Mesut Özil, Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, and Julian Draxler all coming from the club’s own ranks. That stream of talent shows little sign of slowing down with emergence of the next batch of youngsters.
He’s just joined Fortuna Düsseldorf on a three-year deal to get more match time, but Schalke have secured a buy-back option. Such is the high esteem in which he is held. Sobottka can be used at centre-back, as well as at his natural defensive midfield position.
Leroy Sané (FC Schalke 04)
Sané burst onto the scene with his spectacular goal at the Bernabeu as Schalke beat Real Madrid in the Champions League. The 19-year-old is the embodiment of the modern attacking midfielder/old school winger. He possesses lightning pace and has the close dribbling skills to cause full backs no end of worries. He has an eye for goal and can shoot from distance as his curling effort past Iker Casillas proved in the Champions League.
He can use his pace and skill to create the space to shoot, but he is also capable of creating chances for his fellow attackers. Schalke looked to have produced yet another gem.
Nadiem Amiri (Hoffenheim)
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder joined the club in 2012 from Waldhof Mannheim and quickly progressed to help the club win U-19 Bundesliga in 2014. Markus Gisdol had no qualms about promoting him to the first-team squad and he made his Bundesliga debut last season away at Wolfsburg.
A bright future beckons for the player with Afghan heritage. He’s a talented passer of the ball, shows impressive vision, is creative in a role behind the strikers and is a classic ‘number 10’. He made a total of seven appearances last season and will be looking to build upon that next season.
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