RB Leipzig are having their best Bundesliga season yet.
While that mainly is because of their new manager Julian Nagelsamann and talisman Timo Werner, their summer signing from Paris SG, Christopher Nkunku, has played a key role in their amazing run. The 22-year-old has 11 assists and 4 goals for his new club this season. He managed to settle in well and has replaced Emil Forsberg as the main creator of the team. The fact that he managed to score with his first touch in his league debut just after 4 minutes of coming on was an indication of things to come.
In the game against Schalke, where Leipzig thumped their opponents 5-0, Nkunku managed to provide four assists for four different players. His pace and passing ability have made him an important player for this Leipzig team who are chasing after their first league title. And after their 1-0 win away at Spurs, they also plan on going far in the Champions League. Only Jadon Sancho and Thomas Mueller (both with 14) have more assists in the league than Nkunku this season.
After coming out of the youth ranks at PSG and managing to win three league titles with the first team, Nkunku decided that it was time for a new challenge at a club where he will get enough playing time. And you can’t question his choice after he decided to join a team and a league that gives chances to young players.
About his decision to leave PSG and impression about the Bundesliga, he told Kicker, “I wouldn’t say it was easy for me to leave PSG. But I had to go, for the sake of my development. I wasn’t playing enough in Paris. I made the right decision. The package here in Leipzig is perfect: the structures, the philosophy, the sporting objectives, the opportunities which young players have to grow at this club. Some opposing teams in Germany will just sit back and defend. However, most teams do want to get on the front foot. What especially surprised me was the intensity here. You have a lot of sprints to make, particularly after losing possession. Together, with the physicality of the game, that makes the Bundesliga really tough.”
His coach, Julian Nagelsamann, knows how important Nkunku is to the team, and speaking to the Bundesliga’s official website said this: “Christopher can play as a box-to-box midfielder, number ten, winger, or striker. He is versatile and has real quality in the attacking one-on-ones. He also fits perfectly with our transfer DNA as a young player with great potential who can take steps forward, just like us a club. He’s hungry for success and we’re glad to have him on board.”
Only one point behind leaders Bayern, Leipzig have a great chance of ending the Bavarians’ dominance in the league. Despite struggling with injuries to key players like Ibrahima Konate, Kevin Kampl, and Willi Orban, Leipzig are doing pretty well. And with Nkunku’s importance in the creative department, Julian Nagelsamann’s side have a real shot at the title.
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